Today I ventured into harsh noise for the first time with Merzbow's Venereology. I got what I expected: noise. The album raised some important questions, and I got more out of the questions than the actual music (music?). I asked myself things like
>Why do I consider these sounds to be violent?
>Why do we value things like pattern and predictability in art, and what does it say about us?
>Why does near-random noise create feelings of uneasiness?
And similar questions.
I ask the noise listeners of /mu/: does the genre vary much, and is it worth exploring more fully? Will I find the answers to these questions if I do?
Last thing: any recommendations for going deeper?
I'm not high enough for this yet but thanks.
I'll check it out.
Near-random was a poor description. I know that he composed it with care. But the sounds themselves follow no regular pattern; the droning feedback that overlays most of the tracks is exactly that - feedback.
>follow no regular pattern
yes, it's a bit chaotic. but the noise still follows a pattern for at least the first few minutes of the song, on some of his tracks there is a noticeable beat or rhythm (characterized by the noise fluctuating in volume and pitch)
Yeah I did notice that and thought it was cool. There are a few moments in the opening track where it falls into a rhythm, and the ending to the last track does the same.
I won't keep myself from listening to something because of a group of people.
in my opinion this is part of the appeal. Controlling the feedback loop is very impressive(i am talking sickness style, not cut-up ala TEF or something).
other, gonna start with generic.
vag - music for smoke-filled elevators
I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids(fucking hate it, but some love it for some reason)
Kazuma Kubota - Utsuroi (disciplined as fuck cut-up noise)
also go to /noise/ next time
he said in an interview. basically venearology was his first album on the relapse record, a US death metal record, so he thought he'd drink cheap beer like they do and try to make it sound death metal with bass pulses
like, I am mad cause a person who was behind vág given up on answering after only a year(year after they had released their last album). No contact with them, which is a shame, cause I really wanted their CD