Power noise

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Power noise (also known as rhythmic noise, noize and occasionally as distorted beat music) is a form of Industrial music and a fusion genre between noise music and various styles of electronic dance music. It should not be confused with "power electronics", which is not influenced by electronic dance music and is closer to harsh noise.[1] Its origins are predominantly European.



Power noise takes inspiration from Spanish industrial act Esplendor Geometrico, active since 1980.[2] The Belgian group Dive also anticipated the style in the early '90s.[2][3] The term "power noise" was coined by Raoul Roucka of Noisex in 1997, with the track "United (Power Noise Movement)".[4][5] The genre was exposed to the U.S. industrial scene by the electro-industrial act Wumpscut, who signed Noisex to the label Mental Ulcer Forges.

The first power noise artists were German. In addition to Noisex and :wumpscut:, these included Asche, Morgenstern, P.A.L, Synapscape, and Feindflug. The Belgians Axiome, Hypnoskull, Imminent, Ah Cama-Sotz, Sonar, and This Morn' Omina, also developed the genre. Black Lung, an Australian, and Orphx, Canadians, were also active in the style at this time. Japanoise musicians, such as Merzbow,[6] Aube, and Contagious Orgasm,[7] have also made use of prominent rhythms.


Notable power noise artists who emerged in the 21st century include Iszoloscope, Antigen Shift, Prospero, Drillbit, Tarmvred, Converter, Terrorfakt, Alter Der Ruine, Panzer Division, C/A/T, and Xotox.


Typically, power noise is instrumental, based upon a distorted kick drum from a drum machine such as a Roland TR-909, and uses militaristic 4/4 beats. Sometimes a melodic component is added, but this is usually secondary to the rhythm. Power noise tracks are typically structured and danceable, but are occasionally abstract. This genre is showcased at the annual Maschinenfest festival in Oberhausen, Germany, as well as Kinetik Festival in Montreal, Canada.

Some groups, such as Combichrist[8] and Dulce Liquido, practice power noise along with aggrotech. Others, such as Tarmvred, meld the style with breakcore.[9] Others still, merge elements of IDM, such as Endif.[10]


External links

  • alphamanbeast's noise directory - information base with literally hundreds of links to artists and labels of the broader noise music genre, as well as miscellaneous related resources. (Currently more than 1000 links.)
  • Heathen Harvest Webzine - Professionally presented news, reviews and interviews concerning today's power electronics and noise artists from around the world.
  • .: club re:noize - 24/7 radio online :. - Online radio, where you could always listen powernoise music and catch live sets from Djs from all the World.
  • Antyscena.pl - Polish noise industrial art.
  • [7] - Russian power noise label.


  1. Emily Benjamin, "Whitehouse Asceticists Susan Lawly". The Johns Hopkins News-Letter. February 14, 2006. [1] Access date: August 8, 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hymen Records, Converter, Coma record description. [2]. Access date: August 8, 2008.
  3. Nancy Kilpatrick, The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2004, chapter 5, "Music of the Macabre," p. 87.
  4. Noisex, Over and Out, Discogs
  5. Vlad McNeally, review of Noisex, ReGen Magazine, November 29, 2007. [3] Access date: August 8, 2008.
  6. Ed Howard, Stylus Magazine, September 1, 2003. [4] Access date: August 8, 2008.
  7. Ant-Zen, Ripple
  8. Metropolis Records, Combichrist Bio
  9. Mark Teppo, interview with Tarmvred, Ear Pollution. [5] Access date: August 8, 2008.
  10. [6]