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'The Most Annoying Noise of All Time'

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard ElliottORCiD



This article discusses the uses of distorted, glitched, sampled or 'broken' music by comparing art music examples labelled as 'experimental' or 'avantgarde' with the histories and traditions associated with popular and vernacular music. It connects some of the dots between the worlds of John Cage and a branch of hip hop occasionally referred to as ‘noise hop’. It uses Cage's tape composition Williams Mix (1951-1953) as a connecting point between the experimental art music world of the 1950s and the ‘alternative’ hip hop world of the 2010s, as Williams Mix becomes ‘Williams Mix’, a track on the second album by the Los Angeles-based group clipping.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Elliott R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Australian Humanities Review

Year: 2022

Issue: 70

Pages: 58-66

Online publication date: 30/11/2022

Acceptance date: 03/11/2022

Date deposited: 12/12/2022

ISSN (electronic): 1325 8338

Publisher: Australian National University