I write about noise, noise music, philosophy, theology, Christian faith, life, art… but all connected to noise in one way or another. A new article is posted here every week. Please subscribe on the right to get new articles delivered straight to your inbox.
** LATEST ARTICLE: SGR 1806-20 new album for Soup
UPDATE / ANNOUNCEMENT (23rd April 2020)
Like the rest of the world, my life is looking very different these days under COVID-19 conditions. Staying at home with my wife and three kids, everything is much more chopped up. Within these gaps I am doing a lot of thinking, reading, writing, but I am unable to have long unbroken periods of time (which I normally need for getting articles done). So I have decided to shift my primary writing focus from this blog to start working on my first book (I’ll discuss this in a blog post in due course). I still have numerous unfinished blog posts in the pipeline, so I will be publishing them along the way, but I am not being strict about keeping to deadlines for these. I hope you understand. Also, I am working on a number of exciting noise releases, info coming when those are ready for announcement or release. Ciao!
LIST OF ALL ARTICLE SERIES:
>>> What is noise? What is this blog about? >>>
- THE WORD ON NOISE – why I write about noise; how I think ‘Christianly’ about noise; reference materials on what noise is
- POCKET-SIZED SUMMARIES – short bullet-pointed summaries of the key articles on this blog
>>> What does the Bible say about noise/music? >>
- A BRIEF HISTORY OF NOISE – the creation, fall, and redemption of noise
- THE ULTIMATE NOISICIAN – sounds that God makes, their meaning and relevance
- PROPHETIC NOISE VIGNETTES – noise in Old Testament prophecies, and applications to noise-making today
- NOISE. LIFE. DEATH. – a deeper look at noise as it relates to the big philosophical and religious questions
- MUSIC IN THE BIBLE – functions and meaning of music in the Bible, and applications to today
>>> Is noise / noise music worth it? Why? >>>
- BEAUTY IN NOISE – finding goodness and beauty in unexpected places
- DESIRE FOR NOISE – comprehensive survey of the 27 reasons why noise artists love noise
- EFFECTS OF NOISE – what sound and noise does, for better or worse
- POEMS – compendium of all my poems that appear on this blog
>>> How can I learn more about noise music and noise artists? >>>
- NOISE INTERVIEWS – in-depth ‘philosophy of noise’ interviews with (mainly Japanese) noise artists
- BOOK REVIEWS – short reviews on books about noise, noise music, and the intersection of Christian faith with the arts
- GIGS – all my past and upcoming gigs in Japan
- LISTEN HERE! – notes on some of my releases and footage from various live performances
- WATCH THIS! – documentaries about noise and noise music
LIST OF ALL ARTICLES:
#1: The Word on Noise – Introducing this blog.
(The Word on Noise SUMMARY)
#2: What Noise? – Noise is sound is music?
(What Noise? SUMMARY)
#3: What Word? – Deep. Eternal, Resonant.
(What Word? SUMMARY)
#4: Symbolism and Noise – More than meets the ear.
(#4 Symbolism & Noise SUMMARY)
#5: The Noise Within – A personal note.
#6: Definitely Noise – Defining the undefinable.
#7: Classified Noise – Categories and lists.
#8: Thinking About Noise – Why do I do it?
(Thinking About Noise SUMMARY)
#9: Fields of Noise – A glossary of disciplines and applications.
#10: My Ears Are Ravenous – An ode to harsh noise music.
#11: Noise as ??? – What?
#12: How to Listen to Noise Music – No-nonsense tips.
#13: Noise as Praise – From quarks to quasars.
#1: Chimeric Noise – Before time and space.
#2: Creation of Noise 1/5 – Noise and God’s transcendence.
#3: Creation of Noise 2/5 – Noise and God’s word.
#4: Creation of Noise 3/5 – Noise and God’s image.
#5: Creation of Noise 4/5 – Noise and God’s evaluation.
#6: Creation of Noise 5/5 – Noise and God’s plan.
#7: Curse of Noise 1/5 – Noise and God’s warning.
#8: Curse of Noise 2/5…
#9: Curse of Noise 3/5…
#10: Curse of Noise 4/5…
#11: Curse of Noise 5/5…
#12: Cure for Noise 1/?…
#1: Timeless Noise Oracles – Wisdom and warnings from ancient times.
#2: Recommissioned War/Junk Metal – Isaiah 2:1-4
#3: Noise as Disfigurement – Isaiah 52:13-15
#4: Rattling Bones – Ezekiel 37:1-10
#5: How to Inherit the Earth – Psalm 2: the noise of politics, or the politics of noise?
#6: Woe to the Bloody City! – The prophet Nahum.
#1: Noise Interview Questions – Lots to learn!
#1: The Ultimate Noisician – The noisiest of them all.
(The Ultimate Noisician SUMMARY)
#2: Voice of Noise 1/4 – Noise of God, God of Noise.
(Voice of Noise 1/4 SUMMARY)
#3: Voice of Noise 2/4 – Attributes of God.
(Voice of Noise 2/4 SUMMARY)
#4: Voice of Noise 3/4 – Progressive noise structures.
#5: Voice of Noise 4/4 – Echoes and foreshadowings.
#6: Noisy Night, Holy Night – God with us.
#7: Visions of Noise 1/2 – Like the sound of rushing waters.
#8: Visions of Noise 2/2…
#1: The Paradoxes of Noise – Stay in Wonderland.
#2: Metal Machine Music – The existential power of noise.
#3: Absolute Limits of Noise – Theological thoughts from Metal Machine Music.
#4: Temple Noise – The “ichi go ichi e” project and my “(D/R)CnSTRXn” tracks.
#5: Mutually Exclusive Noise (introduction) – Where mysteries converge.
#6: Mutually Exclusive Noise (extended analysis) – Conceptual, theological, and musical considerations.
#7: Occultism and Noise…
#1: Noise Kills! Long Live Noise – The extraordinary impact of sound.
#1: Maximum Metaphysical Discontinuity – Good Friday noise.
#2: PowWow Performance – Live video from February 2018.
#3: Iron Curtain Noise Volume 1 – My first noise album, released August 2011.
#4: Iron Curtain Noise Volume 2 – My second noise album, released December 2011.
#5: Kinnara : Desi La – Architecture – Treasure from the black avant-garde.
#6: BlackPhone 666 – Riddim Posse – Deejay collage cut up.
#7: Another PowWow Performance – Live video from July 2018.
#8: Otherworldly Improvisation – Koto and modular synth.
#9: Low-Orbit Debris – With thanks to Ben-san!
#10: Mutant Circuitry – Kelly Churko part 1.
#11: Quantum Reverie – Live at ‘Calm & Silence #2’
#12: The Dead Tremble – Live at Oita AtHall, 2019/01/27.
#13: Spumescent – My first weird crazy music, 2003.
#14: Kerrunching, Grinding, Raucous Noise – Live at KGRN, 2019-06-25.
#15: Live Watermelon Curry – With VJ Hexler at Ochiai Soup, 2019-07-21.
#16: Untangled Guts Comeback – With VJ Hexler at Ochiai Soup, 2019-09-14
#17: Unshakeable Kingdom – An unreleased earthquaking live harsh noise track.
#18: SGR 1806-20 new album for Soup – 3 tracks of noise to download.
#1: Beauty in Noise – Parables and parallels.
#2: Silence… noise life needs it.
#3: Mud… messy, stinking, vital.
#4: Interruption… and the art of listening.
#5: Noise Haiku – Mysteries of noise.
#6: Nebulae… stunning visual noise.
#7: Reflections in the Water… from mirrors to obliteration.
#8: Alien Creosote – Episode 5,495.
#9: Memories… come to haunt or reassure.
#10: Pylons and Cicadas – Multifaceted noise…
#11: Adoption and Noise – Love unshakeable, unconventional, unconditional.
#12: Intestinal Strangulation – Written in hospital after emergency surgery.
#13: Quantum Noise – Gut-checking technology.
#14: Underground Stuff – A cartoon.
#15: Isolation – Escaping the viral spiral.
#1: Desire for Noise – Why we love noise!
#2: Empowerment – Alive, in control, invincible.
#3: Exploring the Edges – Adventure and discovery.
#4: Enigma – Savouring the mystery.
#5: Enjoyment – Pure and simple.