Ever since the conceptual genesis of “noise music” in the early 20th century, many composers have explored and incorporated noise, above and beyond its merely parasitic form – an attack on the code that structures the message –, opening up the act of composition and music to new possibilities and previously unexplored realms of sound. This book reflects on the nature of noise, its particular percept and its impact on modes of expression, revealing a sensibility that does not conform to traditional aesthetic habits, while nonetheless taking up certain fundamentals of musical composition. The history of this peculiar trend in music, its legacies and perspectives, is now well known. Often considered in terms of the concepts of parasite, pollution, violence, aggressiveness and détournement, the concept of "noise" is frequently put to the test by the political question that underlies it. How should noise be interpreted in this context? How and from what angle can we approach this subject at a time when creative practices are becoming increasingly diverse and widespread? This book probes one potential angle of approach: the performance value of the gesture of noise.
Editor: Sébastien Biset
Essays by Sébastien Biset, Yves Citton, Pierre Albert Castanet, Matthieu Saladin, Anne Genette, Guy-Marc Hinant and C-Drik Fermont
Art intervention by Jacques André and Oscar André
This book comes with an audio CD entitled Noise: Various Artists – Gesture, Act, Concept and Performance featuring Tomas Korber, Gert-Jan Prins, Sudden Infant, Dickson Dee, Alan Courtis, Portable Noise, Kremator, Arnaud Rivière, Sébastien Biset, Jean DL, Zbigniew Karkowski, Antoine Boute, Soumonces! and Antoine Chessex
Published in 2010
21 x 27 cm