Music post the seventh... we could be here for a while, chaps. I'm going to continue where we left off, with the sounds of dark and Goth-friendly electronic, cyber-tastic and Industrial-based music.
"Noise music," sayeth Wikipedia, Font of All Knowledge (some of which is even true!), "is a term used to describe varieties of avant-garde music and sound art that may use elements such as cacophony, dissonance, atonality, noise, indeterminancy and repetition in their realisation." Which, roughly translated, means that we're not talking about easy listening here...
Noise music developed from a whole bunch of art movements, such as Futurism, Dada, Surrealist and Fluxus and often incorporates heavy distortion, extreme volume, non-traditional instruments, manipulated recordings and sound effects such as feedback and static. In case you haven't guessed, it is a close relative of Industrial music.
There are other various genres associated with noise such as post-Industrial, dark noise, Industrial noise, noise rock, drone, rhythmic noise, Japanoise, and many more.
Bands from this selection of genres and related genres include: NON, Sonic Youth, Cabaret Voltaire, Nocturnal Emissions, Merzbow, Masonna, The Haters, Smegma, Steven Stapleton, Wolf Eyes, SPK.
Experimental music, on the whole, is just that - music that pushes the boundaries of its defined genre, or is a hybrid of disparate, mismatched styles, or incorporates unorthodox methods, instruments or sounds. Its relatives include glitch, noise, no wave and Industrial; like glitch and noise it is generally well-regarded (even if not enjoyed) by those in the Goth and Industrial scenes for its avant-garde, boundary-pushing style.
Last.fm declares, "The term experimental music refers to the creative process that the artist goes through to create a variety of unique sounds that when mixed together create a whole new experience in music. The process of “experimentation” is just as important as the outcome. “Experimental” music could be called more of an experience as it is not made to be distributed in the main stream but rather to give you an insight of the artists’ complex minds."
Goth-friendly bands that are considered 'experimental' include: Aphex Twin, Lydia Lunch, Diamanda Galas, Coil, Skinny Puppy, Swans, Crystal Castles, Throbbing Gristle.
Electro-Industrial is a genre combining elements of EBM and Industrial, although unlike the minimalist sounds associated with EBM it has a complex, multi-layered sound. Harsher beats and distorted or digitalised vocals are common. Guitars are rarely, if ever, in use. Some groups, e.g. Haujobb, have incorporated elements of drum and bass and Intelligent Dance Music.
Like Industrial music, lyrical themes generally include dystopia, horror and science-fiction.
Electro-Industrial bands include: Aslan Faction, Leaether Strip, Velvet Acid Christ, Noisuf-X, Psyborg Corp, Glis, Neikka RPM, Nitzer Ebb, Rotersand, Zombie Girl.
Dark electro derived from electro-Industrial in the mid-90s and is similar in style, incorporating horror soundscapes and grunting or distorted vocals.
Dark electro bands include: yelworC, Placebo Effect, Evil's Toy, Dark Ages, The Electric Hellfire Club, Android Lust, Heimataerde, Amduscia, Wynardtage, [:SITD:].
Aggrotech is also known as Hellektro (also spelt Hellectro), harsh EBM, terror EBM or hard EBM and is another derivative genre of electro-Industrial with strong influences from hardcore techno and (believe it or not) the rave scene. It is characterised by harsh structures, aggressive beats, and explicit, pessimistic, militant lyrics. The vocals are synthesized to sound harsh (much like the vocals used in metal bands like Cradle of Filth, except synthesized rather than natural).
Aggrotech bands include: Aesthetic Perfection, Combichrist, Suicide Commando, Psyclon Nine, Agonoize, Unter Null, God Module, Grendel, Alien Vampires, Detroit Diesel.
Psst, look! I finally got around to adding a blogroll! Check out this lovely list of clicky-links in the sidebar to explore the wonderful world of Gothy blogs that I completely adore... I can't keep the spooky awesomeness to myself any longer... you're welcome.
Oh, and here are some pics of my outfit from yesterday:
|Note to self: clean mirror|
|Amy in Wonderland (looking rather awkward)|
|In the cemetery!|