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Noize is perceived as an offshoot of Industrial, although it's been around much longer than Industrial as a genre. Noize employs noise as one of its musical resources. Often it can be created by using nontraditional resources as musical instruments such as static, feedback, electronics, circuit bent instruments, machinery, and metallic items.

The genre explores a huge amount of repetitive sounds, as well as indeterminacy.

The early days of Noize was created by futurist composer Luigi Russolo in the early 1910s. His piece “Veglio di una città”, released as a single in 1913, was the first ever noise song, shocking Italian audiences.

On to the mid 1970s, free improvisational, almost Jazz inspired music was becoming more and more extreme, and groups like Dedalus were creating music akin to Noize.

In the late 1970s, Industrial artists such as Boyd Rice and SPK experimented with noise. The first single from Boyd Rice, under the name "Non", in 1978 “Pagan Muzak” and is considered to be a landmark for both Industrial and "Noize", the track, released as a 7” single, was made of many locked grooves and was playable at any speed, the single would loop infinitely until the owner decided to stop a groove and move on to the next. These early experiments are probably more akin to Industrial than what the genre has become known as, due to Industrial getting its name from including machine noises, or Industrial sounds into its music.

In later years, there was a growth in what became known as "Harsh Noize", this was largely a Japanese invention and became known as "japanoise", some of the musicians involved in this were Hanatarash and Hijokaidan, and turned up around the mid-1980s.

Other than japanoise and "Harsh Noize", other subgenres include "Harsh Wall Noize", based on unchanging “walls” of noise that would be combined with powerful electronics and modified electronics and screamed/shouted vocals lines.