This is my heavyweight thinking series in which I delve deep into the meaning and limits of noise as it illuminates and reckons with the biggest questions. I tackle such themes as death, resurrection, power, nihilism, origins, randomness, chaos, revolution, religion, quantum physics, and more, from an explicitly Christian perspective. Along the way I also try to extend my insights into creative concepts and ideas relevant to the process of artistic noise-making.
part 1: The Paradoxes of Noise – Stay in Wonderland. Series introduction in which I survey the landscape of noise’s extremities and contradictions.
part 2: Metal Machine Music – The existential power of noise. I describe in detail the impact and thought processes instigated by my first significant immersion into noise music (when I listened intensively through Lou Reed’s seminal and controversial album Metal Machine Music).
part 3: Absolute Limits of Noise – Theological thoughts from Metal Machine Music. Follow-up to the previous article. An extended investigation into my subsequent musings, and some initial ramifications for starting to develop a Christian viewpoint on the nature of noise.
part 4: Temple Noise – The “ichi go ichi e” project and my “(D/R)CnSTRXn” tracks. The story of a collaborative music project, and how I navigated an interaction with Buddhist ceremonial music, according to Biblical principles.
part 5: Mutually Exclusive Noise (introduction) – Where mysteries converge. A brief introduction to the Bible’s mutually exclusive categories, and a tiny taster of how noise relates to them.
part 6: Mutually Exclusive Noise (extended analysis) – Conceptual, theological, and musical considerations.
Occultism and Noise