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Noise music is a category of music that is characterised by the expressive use of noise within a musical context. This type of music tends to challenge the distinction that is made in conventional musical practices between musical and non-musical sound. Noise music includes a wide range of musical styles, and sound based creative practices, that feature noise as a primary aspect. It can feature acoustically or electronically generated noise, and both traditional and unconventional musical instruments. It may incorporate live machine sounds, non-musical vocal techniques, physically manipulated audio media, processed sound recordings, field recording, computer generated noise, stochastic process and other randomly produced electronic signals such as distortion, feedback, static, hiss and hum. There may also be emphasis on high volume levels and lengthy, continuous pieces.
- subgenre of Industrial music, Punk rock
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by John Corbett
Sometimes made using free improvisation as a method, noise music is a distant descendant of heavy rock and tape music (also known as musique concrète). It tends to eschew all conventional musical material—melody, harmony, pulsed ...
by Dr. Stanford Felix
noise music Music that features all different types of electronic or acoustical noise , including dissonance, nontraditional musical instruments, distortion, audio ...
by Norman Abjorensen
NOISE MUSIC. Noise is an experimental genre that not only strays from, but also generally stands in opposition to conventional music structure.
A-E by Charles Donald Spielberger
Music and White Noise Music has been used for decreasing behavior problems and for improving cognition or function. Music has been used to relax patients during meals or bathing or as a means of providing sensory stimulation to people ...
Harvard Dictionary of Music (1969)
by Willi Apel
Provocative terms such as bruitisme (noise music), *futurism, motorism, and machine music appeared, although most of them left no lasting imprint. Experimentation with tonal material led to *quarter-tone music. Besides the leaders already ...
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