Articles tagged noise

25 Jun 2015 // 2:20 AM

KEN Mode: Success

A little anti-social rage never hurt anybody.

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Blood and Thunder: KEN Mode’s Stab at ‘Success’

KEN Mode's latest album is surprising people, but it should have been expected all along.

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12 May 2015 // 3:30 AM

Blanck Mass: Dumb Flesh

Like a shiny penny left submerged in Coca-Cola, the elements of dance music corrode here in Benjamin John Power’s hands.

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Merzbow, Gustafsson, Pándi, Moore: Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper

A stunningly ferocious noise album from four masters of their craft.

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Kevin Drumm: Wrong Intersection

As Kevin Drumm steers you through the Wrong Intersection, you can't help but get the feeling that that's where he belongs.

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Pharmakon: Bestial Burden

Bestial Burden really knows how to work a mood, and beat that sense of claustrophobic misery right into the ground.

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On Subverting Sonic Rules: ‘Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music’

Noise may antagonize, subvert, transcend or annoy, but one person's noise is almost always another's music.

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22 Aug 2013 // 11:15 PM

Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music

More extreme than punk, industrial music revolted against the very ideas of order and reason: it sought to strip away the brainwashing that was identity itself. It aspired to provoke, bewilder, and roar with independence.

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Annihilations Return: Locrian, and the Beauty in Decay

Many bands aim to evoke the feel of humanity's end, but few bring portentous visions of decay quite like experimental/avant-metal trio Locrian.

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6 Jun 2013 // 11:35 PM

Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation

Is Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, Japanoise? Is it even music at all?

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20 May 2013 // 11:02 PM

Odonis Odonis: Better EP

Odonis Odonis' Better EP is louder, darker, and uglier than its predecessor, the noisy, surf-minded Hollandaze. But the hooks are still there, buried mile-deep in feedback and sludge.

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14 May 2013 // 11:04 PM

Daniel Menche: Vilké

Vilké may well be a conceptual work, but there's nothing theoretical about Daniel Menche's latest album. Its impact and resonance evoke a primal and deep-set response.

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Benjamin Thigpen: divide by zero

Five satisfying doses of atonal, arrhythmic racket. This is what your computer hears when it breaks.

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Tuusanuuskat: Nääksää Nää Mun Kyyneleet

An actually soothing Fonal album.

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23 May 2011 // 9:56 PM

Francisco López: Untitled #244

Music without instruments or a rhythm that might evoke a genre or a predecessor or even a musician.

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19 Apr 2011 // 10:00 PM

Boris and Merzbow: Klatter

Despite the fact that Klatter comes off as a fairly low-key album for fans of either Boris or Merzbow, it is also a surprisingly rich one.

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24 Mar 2011 // 10:00 PM

Merzbow: Merzbient

Maybe this is how Masami Akita hears the world every day.

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25 Jan 2011 // 10:00 PM

Heavy Winged: Sunspotted

Accessible noise that conjures visions of desolate frozen tundras, roiling sandstorms, and melons.

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‘Acoustic Territories’: Sound and Sense Become Indistinguishable

Acoustic Territories argues that sound, far from being merely something that takes place in, occupies, or evokes space, is inherently spatial and determines our very sense of locatedness.

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Swans: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

Michael Gira's legendary Swans return from over a decade of silence to create a heart-stopping album of sin, death, hope, and reclamation.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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