Hyperrealistic Music

“If we accept the fact that recordings are routinely edited and enhanced, should we not also go a step further and allow pianists to overdub one hand at a time?”
~ Noah Creshevsky

Noah Creshevsky is one of the most noted hyperrealistic musicians. He describes this movement of music as being made up of entirely organic noise, where nothing is altered by technology. By using only noises one would usually hear, the music sounds more natural to listeners.

Hyperrealistic music is similar to the concept of “white noise.” It is soothing to some and familiar to all since it is comprised of everyday background sounds. The music combines natural sounds like voices, animals, and weather; naturalized sounds like instruments and footsteps; and adopted sounds like electronic instruments and car horns.

Creshevsky’s hyperrealism has been generally well-accepted by those in music circles. Some have called his work “sound art,” while others describe it as “an aural adventure.” One review describes one of Creshevsky’s songs as sounding “like someone dropped and shattered an opera, then glued the tiny shards back together in a completely wrong order, complete with audience coughs…”

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