Anyone into dark ambient, harsh noise, rhythmic noise, or related genres? If so, what are you listening to lately?
hmm... Autechre's more abrasive stuff (e.g. "Nuane") qualify?
"Noise" as a genre makes me think of 'Anal Cunt'.
I like Noise. A great deal. Hello!
recently, I've been listening myself through the raster/noton catalogue (http://raster-noton.de/), especially the noto/telefunken, alva noto/transall and ryoji ikeda/dataplex stuff, which is very minimalist sine wave + hrr krrk hirr hirr noise that makes autechre look pompous and rich in material (...).
As for me, it´s Aube ftw! I also make my own noise.
The thing with most japnoise artists are that they constantly attack the listener with equally loud sounds so if you lower the volume the music gets really boring. Aube is more sinister. The songs start out calmly and quiet, forcing you to raise the volume. Then things start getting harsher and louder, ending up in total assault on the ears. Deliciously painful.
Mm, if you lower the volume the music gets boring, yes -- so who says you have to lower the volume?
I sometimes like to listen to "constant barrage" noise pieces as background. Stolen Light's "Symphony for Marimba Opus II" is a good example. Although noise has a "harsh and painful" connotation for many, I find it somewhat calming, particularly on closed headphones.
You'd like Eisengrau then, or probably even Azure Skies (which is somewhat converter-ish but still has some nice noise pieces). Also try some Institut if you want, some of the stuff ("they say we preach") is very shitkrieg of shirt irons vs washing machines. Also, A2 (think Kaltesglas or Muslimgauze without any rhythm, melody, or music whatsoever) might be of your taste.
Institut is one of the best live acts I´ve ever been to! I definitely recommend anyone, who gets the chance, to see him live.
Here is some noise that I have made
Most of you probably know that there are loads of great japanese noise artists, such as Merzbow, Masonna, MSBR, Hanatarash, CCCC, The Gerogerigegege.
One of the best 'unknown' noise artists is probably Himei Koukotsu: http://www.myspace.com/koukotsu
I like SEXISDRUG:http://www.myspace.com/sexisdrug
I like ambient.
Check out the Max Neuhaus Fontana Mix (1965) if you want an industrial/noise album that's truly ahead of its time - it sounds like a construction yard filled with drills. Listening to old experimental electronic music really makes you realise how unneccesary all this new "noise" crap is (and, to an extent, a lot of the more advanced cut-up records too, although I like that stuff). Even the early noise releases (80s) - Mauricio Kagel's Acustica is probably where early Material Action era Merzbow got his schtick from - are Johnny-come-latelys, but I do like the whole "lowest music & arts" idea which came from the industrial era.
And I'm not saying all new noise sucks, but there's an awful lot of crap and the general similarity is tedious. Just like punk.
I enjoy dark ambiant, or other stuff like Oöphoi, Tau Ceti and the like. The noisy tracks from the Silent Hill soundtracks are good, too.
I enjoy indus and music using noise soundscapes, noise-based rythmics (I'm not talking about Money from Pink Floyd here), and things like that (by the way, check out the new NiN album if you haven't already, it has some really clever sound usage).
I'm a really big Merzbow fan. also like Masonna and torturing nurse.
Also, there is a forum that is dedicated to noise and harsh noise I think it's either run by Xome (Bob Scott) or Stimbox.
Is there an artist that combines Aube's dynamics with Merzbow's energy and shifting timbres? I like both artists, but I sometimes feel that Merzbow is just too flat in loudness and that Aube's one-sound-source-per-album thing is more self-indulgent than it is entertaining.
Hmm, I was really enjoying listening to some Merzbow on my laptop speakers. Now after listening on regular speakers I think I know why... it seems like bass fatigues my ears more than other frequencies. The repeating bass pulses on "Mantra 3" for example were nonexistent when listening on the laptop.
I also like Merzbow very much. I'm not a professional or something but I just like it. And his work with Boris is very nice too.
What do you think about Melt Banana?