Harsh noise walls, also known as wall noise or HNW, are an extreme subgenre of noise music, described as "literally coherent, unflinching, enveloping monolithic walls of noise". The movement was spearheaded by the French musician Vomir, who described his aesthetic as "no idea, no change, no development, no entertainment, no reflection." The genre quickly gained prominence in the United States. Artists such as The Haters, Daniel Menche and Richard Ramirez are best known for popularizing the noise genre in the United States. The Harsh Noise Wall features superimposed noise to form a static sound. Harsh noise wall musician Sam McKinley, also known as The Rita, describes the genre as "purifying the Japanese harsh noise scene into a more sophisticated crunch, with slow-moving, minimalistic textures." It crystallizes the sound quality of distortion.” Underground's harsh noise wall is a cult favorite among the noise music scene. A series of events dedicated to this genre, named Harsh Noise Wall Festival, was organized by Vomir at Les Instants Chavirés in Seine-Saint-Denis, Montreuil, with guests such as Werewolf Jerusalem, The NightProduct, Black Leather Jesus and Tissa. musicians participate. mawarchasari.

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avant-garde music

Further reading

Biles, Jeremy. Brintonall, Kent L. (eds.). Negative Ecstasy: A Study of Georges Bataille and Religion. Oxford. ISBN 0823265196. David Novak (2013). Japanoise: Music at the edge of distribution. Duke. ISBN 082235392X.

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Definition & Meaning



  • unpleasantly stern unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles unkind or cruel or uncivil severe sharply disagreeable; rigorous



  • sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication a loud outcry of protest or complaint incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan


  • emit a noise



  • an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect (anatomy a lining or membrane a difficult or awkward situation a vertical (or almost vertical as of a cave or mountain a layer of material that encloses space a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes


  • surround with a wall in order to fortify


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