The third edition of the No Music Festival occurred on March 30th and April 1st, 2001 in London (Ontario, Canada). All the performances were recorded, and the six-CD set No Nothing: No Music Festival 2000 regroups the strongest moments. The festival, which by 2000 had become more than a curiosity, is structured in two parts: the scheduled performances and the "interplay" sessions, where musicians are called to improvise in "rounds." The 2000 No Music headliners were Lee Ranaldo in a superb duet with sound poet Paul Dutton (a world premiere), the Swiss electronics duo Voice Crack, Aube, and, of course, the Nihilist Spasm Band, the hosts of the event. With a set this comprehensive (a total of 426 minutes of music!), there are bound to be good and less-good moments. The most intriguing is undo's set -- Christof Migone and Alexandre St-Onge stuffed contact microphones down their throats to capture the sound of their saliva. St. Johns, Newfoundland's the Black Auks account for the best discovery -- they play a very strong NSB-derived, but also folk-influenced, set. Singer/screamer Paulina Wallenberg-Olsson's performance with video artist Gary Hill and NSB's John Boyle is another highlight. These concerts are found in part on the first three discs. Disc four is dedicated to the NSB's show (without bassist Hugh McIntyre, who was sidelined by health problems), which included a few guest appearances (the best are Ranaldo and Wallenberg-Olsson). The last two discs contain interplay excerpts. Here, the Sonic Youth guitarist and Aube (aka Akifumi Nakajima) were very enthusiastic and flexible. Highlights are too numerous to mention. Suffice it to say that there is a surprise in almost every track. No Nothing: No Music Festival 2000 was released as a limited-edition (500 copies) box set with a 20-page booklet by Non Musica Rex.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture