The How To Destroy the Universe festival is a Californiamusic event that presents experimental noise, industrial sounds, and avant-garde visual art. Founded in 2002 by Berkeley, California artist Jim Mason and the San Francisco-based experimental music label Mobilization Records, the festival aims to expand the parameters of what is termed "art" and "culture." The bands who play the event focus on "exploding conventions around song structure, melody and rhythm and then reassembling the parts." The 2002-2005 tours have included fire-art, multimedia performances and throat singing. Bands who played in 2006 include Blixa Bargeld of Einstürzende Neubauten, the Living Jarboe of the Swans, F-Space, and Sixteens. No further festivals were held after number 5 in 2006.