Where Did This Come From?
In 1913, Luigi Russolo wrote his ‘Art of Noises’ arguing that:
“We must break out of this narrow circle of pure musical sounds, and conquer the infinite variety of noise sounds.”
He wanted composers to be able to use all sounds, and to recognise that all sounds can be beautiful (even noisy ones).
The world around us gets nosier and nosier with more cars, more aeroplanes, more machinery, more technology; so, the need for a music that reflects and explores this world grows.
See also: New Ideas in Sound.
What Does Noise Music Involve?
Noise music challenges the distinction between musical and non-musical sound. It demands that noise sounds (the most unpopular and unwanted type of sound) be embraced as valid, interesting and beautiful.
Noise music is sometimes very LOUD, but can also be quiet and gentle.
Who Makes Noise Music?
Below are a few people (or groups) who make noise music:
Merzbow is a Japanese noise artist who has released over 350 recordings. He uses distortion, feedback to develop sounds that originally come from machinery, synthesisers and homemade noise instruments. His music is deliberately LOUD and harsh.
Merzbow and the Dirty Electronics Ensemble
This is a recording of a performance made by the Japanese noise artist, Merzbow and the Dirty Electronics Ensemble. The musicians are using feedback, hiss and crackling noises to create a very rich and dense texture.
He enjoys the physicality of working with noise, both through how it sounds and the direct way in which he can connect with the sounds. He uses layering and splicing to edit live improvisations into composition works.