Harsh noise wall

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Harsh noise wall, also known as wall noise or HNW, is an extreme subgenre of noise music, described as "a literal consistent, unflinching and enveloping wall of monolithic noise." The movement is spearheaded by French musician Vomir,[1] who described his aesthetic as "no ideas, no change, no development, no entertainment, no remorse".[2]

Harsh noise wall features noises layered together to form a static sound. Harsh noise wall musician Sam McKinlay, also known as The Rita, considered the genre as "the purification of the Japanese harsh noise scene into a more refined crunch, which crystallizes the tonal qualities of distortion in a slow moving minimalistic texture."[3]

Despite largely staying underground, harsh noise wall has enjoyed a cult following among the noise music scene. A series of events dedicated to the genre, named as Harsh Noise Wall Festival, is organized at Les Instants Chavirés, Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis by Vomir, with guests involving prominent musicians such as Werewolf Jerusalem, TheNightProduct, Black Leather Jesus and Tissa Mawartyassari.[2]

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  1. ^ Biles and Brintnal (2015), p. 103
  2. ^ a b Williams, Russel (22 May 2014). "Live Report: Harsh Noise Wall Festival III". The Quietus. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  3. ^ Novak (2013), p. 57

Further reading[edit]

  • Biles, Jeremy; Brintnall, Kent L. (eds.). Negative Ecstasies: Georges Bataille and the Study of Religion. Oxford. ISBN 0823265196.
  • Novak, David (2013). Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation. Duke. ISBN 082235392X.