Noise in and as music

Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond

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ISBN: 978-1-86218-118-2

DOI: 10.5920/noise.2013

Subject area: Music

Published: October 2013

Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.3 x 2.5 cm

Pages: 238 pages

Publisher: University of Huddersfield Press

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One hundred years after Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises,” this book exposes a cross-section of the current motivations, activities, thoughts, and reflections of composers, performers, and artists who work with noise in all of its many forms. The book’s focus is the practice of noise and its relationship to music, and in particular the role of noise as musical material—as form, as sound, as notation or interface, as a medium for listening, as provocation, as data. Its contributors are first and foremost practitioners, which inevitably turns attention toward how and why noise is made and its potential role in listening and perceiving.

Contributors include Peter Ablinger, Sebastian Berweck, Aaron Cassidy, Marko Ciciliani, Nick Collins, Aaron Einbond, Matthias Haenisch, Alec Hall, Martin Iddon, Bryan Jacobs, Phil Julian, Michael Maierhof, Joan Arnau Pàmies, and James Whitehead (JLIAT).

The book also features a collection of short responses to a two-question “interview”—“what is noise (music) to you?” and “why do you make it?”—by some of the leading musicians working with noise today. Their work spans a wide range of artistic practice, including instrumental, vocal, and electronic music; improvisation; notated composition; theater; sound installation; DIY; and software development. Interview subjects include Eryck Abecassis, Franck Bedrossian, Antoine Chessex, Ryan Jordan, Alice Kemp (Germseed), George Lewis, Lasse Marhaug, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Diemo Schwarz, Ben Thigpen, Kasper Toeplitz, and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay.


Introduction    Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond

Part 1: Theories, Speculations, & Reassessments
Interview    Ben Thigpen
Chapter 1    Black Square and Bottle Rack: noise and noises. Peter Ablinger
Interview    Antoine Chessex
Chapter 2    Un-sounding Music: noise is not sound. James Whitehead ( JLIAT)
Interview    Alice Kemp (Germseed)
Chapter 3    Noise and the Voice: exploring the thresholds of vocal transgression. Aaron Cassidy
Interview    Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje
Chapter 4    Subtractive Synthesis: noise and digital (un)creativity. Aaron Einbond
Interview    Pierre Alexandre Tremblay
Chapter 5    Noise Music Information Retrieval. Nick Collins
Interview    Eryck Abecassis
Chapter 6    Inside Fama’s House: listening, intimacy, and the noises of the body. Martin Iddon

Part 2: Practices
Interview    George Lewis
Chapter 7    “We Need You To Play Some Music”. Phil Julian
Interview    Lasse Marhaug
Chapter 8    Beyond Pitch Organization: an interview with Michael Maierhof. Sebastian Berweck
Interview    Kasper Toeplitz
Chapter 9    Materiality and Agency in Improvisation: Andrea Neumann’s “Inside Piano”. Matthias Haenisch
Interview    Franck Bedrossian
Chapter 10    Noise-Interstate(s): toward a subtextual formalization. Joan Arnau Pàmies
Interview    Diemo Schwarz
Chapter 11    Molding the Pop Ghost: noise and immersion. Marko Ciciliani
Interview    Ryan Jordan
Chapter 12    Qubit Noise Non-ference: a conversation. Bryan Jacobs, Alec Hall, and Aaron Einbond


Aaron Cassidy is Reader in Composition and Research Coordinator for Music & Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield. His work can be heard on recordings from NEOS, HCR, NMC, and New Focus Records.

Aaron Einbond is Research Fellow at the Center for Research in New Music (CeReNeM), University of Huddersfield. His work explores the intersection of composition, computer music, field recording, and sound installation, and can be heard on Carrier Records and Olive Music/Et’Cetera Records.


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