» Listen to Negativland by Neu
There’s no doubt I’d hate to listen to jackhammers outside my window, but maybe that’s a result of the forced association, and not the tone and timbre. If you were forced to listen to songbirds at the same volume, the result might be the same. I’m sure if you turned nature up really loud it would sound something like Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music. I’d like to say Metal Machine Music is a work of original, epic, feedback genius that would soundtrack a new cacophonic religion, but I still haven’t been able to listen to it all the way through.
» Listen to Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed
If only more people learned to appreciate their surrounding soundscape like Einstürzende Neubuaten (literally translated as Destroying New Buildings), then maybe we could live in peace with the surrounding rubble. Supposedly, when playing the 9:30 Club in the ’90s, they started sawing into the support columns of the club until somebody stopped them. Such a shamewe can only wonder what it sounded like.
» Listen to Wollt ihr die totale Befriedigung by Einstürzende Neubuaten
This is all the same old John Cage, musique concrète, everything around you is actually music so why even leave the house when you can sit at home and listen to the fascinating sounds of your toaster argument you may have heard before. I feel you on this. I once watched some random noise band throw their keys on a chair for half an hour. Eventually even Throbbing Gristle’s Genesis P-Orridge probably got sick of industrial music and turned toward happier music about hurling threats at Roman Polanski. Good times.
» Listen to Roman P by Psychic TV
And if there wasn’t industrial music, we wouldn’t have bands like Tussle. Well no, what I’m saying is I can’t listen to anymore industrial music right now and Tussle’s minimalist dance beats are a welcome distraction.
» Listen to Tussle
In conclusion, where would we be without BauxiteI mean the sounds of modern industry? Modest Mouse might still exist, but they’d be in a gentler, comatose alternate reality where distortion pedals were frowned upon. You’d lose a few songs, but might still have a good album leftover.
» Stream the new Modest Mouse album