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The Haters

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The Haters are a noise and conceptual art troupe from the United States. Founded in 1979, they are one of the earliest and most well-known acts in the modern noise scene. The group is primarily the work of the Hollywood, California-based musician, artist, writer, and filmmaker GX Jupitter-Larsen, accompanied by a constantly changing lineup of other “members,” usually local experimental musicians and artists in whatever town in which a Haters performance happens to take place.

The group began as a punk rock band, but assumed its current form when Jupitter-Larsen realized he was more interested in making noise and destroying venues than in structured music. Soon the Haters established contacts with like-minded artists in what would become known as the noise scene, including Merzbow, Maurizio Bianchi, and The New Blockaders.

Haters performances typically consist of Jupitter-Larsen and one other performer, both wearing masks, creating extremely loud noise using various types of machinery, with the sound distorted and amplified until it is virtually unrecognizable. The Haters’ many CD and record releases are usually recordings of these performances. Underlying all the Haters’ output is Jupitter-Larsen’s peculiar mix of aesthetic and conceptual obsessions, particularly entropy and decay, professional wrestling, and a self-created lexicon consisting mainly of personalized units of measurement such as “polywave,” the “totimorphous,” and the “xylowave.”

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