Ryan Dennison performing Navajo Rug Noise Loom at The 4th Annual Indie Electro Punk Festival 2014, a DIY festival that featured 43 musicians and artists in the four corners and southwest area.
“Yá’át’ééh, Ryan Dennison éí yinishyé. Hooghan Łání éí nishłí. Ta’neeszahnii éí bá shíshchíín. Tsénabiłnii éí da shicheii. Kinyaa’áanii éí da shinálí. Shushbitodi éí shighan. Hello, my name is Ryan Dennison. I am of the Many Hogan People clan, born for the Tangle People clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Sleep Rock People clan and my paternal grandfather is of the Towering House People clan. I live in Fort Wingate, New Mexico. I’m originally from Tohatchi and been around the Gallup area since I was 14. I’m 24 now and I’ve been performing since 2010, making experimental noise and other genres. I’ve always been inspired by whats around me, which is Diné traditions and culture. Most of my music education is learned from experiential knowledge, but yeah I have a high school degree.
The performance was a sound and light installation, creating and weaving noises from a rug loom. Contact microphones were built to read the vibrations of the loom and a distortion pedal exaggerated the noise. The loom was built from an old futon, and I restrung the loom pieces from memory. My Shímasoní was a rug weaver all her life, her livelihood depended on taking care of her sheep and using their wool to weave her designs. That’s how she survived into this glittering world, but she passed away earlier this year 2014, so in a way this was my mourning process. Using these tools was to cope with things and survive, perhaps not the exact same way my elders did but the similarity is parallel, we’re using it to heal and grow.”