Noise - Three Musical Gestures

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Noise - Three Musical Gestures is an article for the Journal of Music and Meaning (JMM) Issue 2, 2004. Read the article online here.

Contents

  • 4.1. Gesture and Noise
  • 4.2. Expressionist Noise
    • 4.2.1. Band of Susans: “Elisabeth Stride (1843 -1888 )”
  • 4.3. Intimate, Introvert Noise – My Bloody Valentine
    • 4.3.1. Description
    • 4.3.2. The-Not-Quite-Really-There-Sound
    • 4.3.3. Same Noise, Different Gesture
  • 4.4. Extreme, Minimal Noise
    • 4.4.1. Historical Examples
    • 4.4.2. Metal Machine Music
    • 4.4.3. Merzbow
    • 4.4.4. The Screaming Mantra
    • 4.4.5. Less Is More
  • 4.5. The De-centering of Subjectivity

Abstract

Noise has different musical meanings in different musical contexts. This article sketches three significant noise gestures — expressionist, introvert and minimal — based on analyses of music by Band Of Susans, My Bloody Valentine and Merzbow. They represent three different ways of representing a de-centered subjectivity: by explosion, by implosion, and by detachment.