Back when I was an electronic music student, one of our first lessons was on the meaning of noise. Noise turns out to be tricky to define; there’s a strong social component. In information theory, noise is quantifiable; any unintended or random parts of a signal are categorized as noise. But what distinguishes sound as noise? Is a square wave noisier than a pure sine wave? Are notes off the 12-part chromatic scale noise? On a continuum from Beethoven to a broken TV, where is the dividing line between noise and music?
Read the whole article here! Noisecasting: The Search for Podcasting’s Bleeding Edge.