Some years ago I had a friend who shared the same birthday as me. Apart from our birth dates, he was for essentially the polar opposite of me. He lived in his VW van, tended to injure himself spectacularly and his part time job was as a musician that created a genre of music called "noise music."
Have you ever heard of it? Alas noise music hasn't really taken off in a large way for the masses. One day I asked him about the noise music that he was working on. He slipped in a recording of it in the van and what I heard was akin to an instrument screaming. Looking at my expression he fumbled and hit another track. That was the screeching sound of feedback. Here is a clip of noise music if you want to know what it is like. Don't turn up the volume too loudly although apparently noise music aficionados do turn it up.
Despite the fact that he had skulls on his van and made this music he was a very sweet guy. I do wonder what happened to him. The last I heard, he was on his way to visit Japan, the home of noise music. I wondered if he was going to drive his VW van all the way there. It seemed like something that he might do...
Anyway I thought of him when I made these skull sugar cubes for Halloween. If you have a skull chocolate mold, these will be the easiest thing you have ever made I promise! I even did a quick 60 second Youtube clip on how to make these because that's how easy they are. You can serve them with coffee or tea or I used them in a Halloween cocktail.
So tell me Dear Reader, what did you think of the noise music? What is your favourite musical genre?
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Sugar Cube Skulls & Cocktail
- 1 cup sugar (caster/superfine or regular)
- 2 teaspoons water
- Skull mold
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 100C/212F. Line two baking trays with parchment. Mix the sugar and the water in a jug so that you get a "wet sand" consistency. Fill one of the skull cavities with the sugar and press down. Press a small flat piece of cardboard or plastic against the skull and remove from the mold gently. It will be quite delicate but gently slide it onto the prepared baking tray. Repeat shaping each skull individually.
Step 2 - Bake the skulls for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven. They will now be hard.