Modern Music or Noise?

By: Samhitha Sudharsan

Music has been a vital part of human culture for centuries. From classical orchestras to modern-day pop classics, music has evolved in various ways over time. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift towards experimental and avant-garde forms of music, often referred to as “noise” music.

So, what exactly is noise music? It’s a genre of music that focuses on the use of unconventional sounds and techniques to create new and unique sounds. Instead of relying on traditional musical instruments like pianos and guitars, noise musicians use anything from feedback loops to random objects to create their music. It’s an exploration of sound, texture, and rhythm that pushes the boundaries of what we consider to be conventional “music”.

This alteration has been seen as a rebellion against the rigidity and formality of classical music. While classical music is still revered as a symbol of sophistication and refinement, noise music is seen as a more subversive and experimental form of expression. It’s a rejection of the traditional rules of music composition, a more fluid form of music which embraces chaos and unpredictability, often resonating with the Gen-Z.

But this switch to noise music is not without controversy. Some argue that it’s simply a form of noise pollution, lacking the melody and structure that make music enjoyable. Others argue that it’s a natural evolution of music as artists continue to test the boundaries of what’s possible.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it’s clear that the shift from classical to noise music is a reflection of our ever-changing cultural landscape. As society continues to evolve, so will our artistic expressions. Who knows what the future holds for music? Maybe we’ll see a shift towards something even more futuristic than noise music. Or maybe we’ll see a return to the classical forms of old. Only time will tell.


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