->''"Noisecore is not music insomuch as it is anti-music. It is a recreation of the sounds in our modern technological society through an abrasive form."''
-->-- '''Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music'''
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This is when the creator defiles the viewer/listener's senses by pummeling them with unpleasant or harsh images, flashing lights, or loud, dissonant noise.

Note: This ''must'' be intentional on the part of the creators, otherwise it's just awful. This is ''not'' the same as StylisticSuck. However, they can overlap.

{{True Art}}ists will also do this, but only if it's symbolic for the futility of modern life, a criticism of mass media, or something along those lines. UsefulNotes/{{Dada}} will sometimes do this just to piss the viewers off. Expect VulgarHumor for the nastier forms of this.

This can be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. Maybe the artist intentionally created ugly, dissonant sights or sounds to beat up the viewer, but the end result is actually pretty cool.

Although there are many more kinds of other SensoryAbuse in RealLife (e.g.: skunks), all media covered in this wiki are limited to sight and sound, so we'll focus on these. The trope will be broken into two sections, with their common tropes listed below them:

[[AC:Optical Assault]]
* [[EpilepticFlashingLights Flashing lights]].
* Orgies of bizarre colors.
* {{Gross Up Closeup}}s.
** {{Nightmare Face}}s practically pressed to the camera.
** Prominently displayed FanDisservice and FetishRetardant.
* GratuitousRape.
* Bizarre sequences of DerangedAnimation that come [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment right out of nowhere.]]
* {{Gorn}} intended specifically to shock and nauseate the viewer, and nothing else.

[[AC:Aural Invasion]]
* [[LoudnessWar Loud, distorted sounds.]] Overmodulated, crackling audio.
* Loud, [[MostAnnoyingSound gratingly]] ''high-pitched'' noises.
** Screaming. Bonus points if it's also distorted, [[MetalScream guttural]] or [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl high-pitched]].
* [[UncommonTime Arrythmic beats and disorienting song dynamics]].
* Lots of loud bangs, crashes, and gunfire.
* {{Scare Chord}}s.
* PsychoStrings.
* [[HellIsThatNoise Unbearably disorienting, nightmarish or otherwise very jarring sounds or music]].
** Bonus points if the sound or music [[BrownNote creates an actual observable effect]].


[[AC:Optical Assault]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The infamous seizure-inducing Porygon episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', which was only aired once, and only in Japan.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* A growing problem with widespread adoption of [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie 3-D films]] and TV sets is that they have a tendency to cause eye strain and even motion sickness in a large minority of viewers.
* Basically the entirety of ''Film/EnterTheVoid''; the cinematography is amazing, don't get us wrong, but at times can only be described as an epileptic's fever dream. There are several times throughout the film dedicated to strobing visuals, such as when the camera zooms in on a hexagonal light that ''just so happens'' to be flashing red and blue.
* WordOfGod says that the whole point of the infamous ''Film/SweetMovie'' was to bombard the viewer with non-stop offensive imagery until they were "reborn".

* The outfit worn by the Sixth Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' - it's not just that it's brightly-coloured and tacky, but that the pinstripes and checks were specifically chosen to cause {{Strobing}} on televisions.

* ''Music/CannibalCorpse'', full stop. The cover arts of this famous DeathMetal band are just... [[ContemptibleCover Wow.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAfFfqiYLp0 The music video]] for ''Music/KanyeWest's'' ''All of the Lights''. That epilepsy warning at the start is ''not kidding''.
** Kanye and Jay-Z's video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG_dA32oH44 Niggas in Paris]]" contains a similar warning and both videos share a director: Hype Williams.
** And a fan-made lyrics video for the Kanye West version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlP6KiSHyAA E.T.]]
* The works of director ''Creator/ChrisCunningham'' often has shocking images, NightmareFuel, Stroboscopic lights and fast editing, his video for Sheena is a Parasite by ''Music/TheHorrors'' was banned in some places because networks feared it could trigger seizures.
* The music video for [=SebastiAn's=] [[http://vimeo.com/20291894 "Total"]] consists of a hyper-speed montage of random disturbing images plucked from the internet.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jUiDxpZBj0 "Love In Motion"]] is only slightly less nauseating.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoXu6QmxpJE The music video]] for Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight."
** Also the extra stages "The Great Majority" and "The Way of All Flesh".
* Similar to the Kayne West video above, there's the video for Nine Inch Nails' ''Came Back Haunted''.

* ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'''s final battles are full of this.
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' is a psychedelic 80's nightmare, with all the copious amounts of blood, gore and ultra-violence mixed in with bright neon colors, the game field constantly swaying as you move, and eventually TV-style flickering that can [[InterfaceScrew sometimes obscure your vision.]]
* ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/556837 rgb]]'', a ''VideoGame/{{Canabalt}}''-like game that obscures information on the screen with its painful colour palette.
* The final boss battle in ''VideoGame/SirenBloodCurse'' takes place in an alien realm full of wildly shifting bright colors flashing in a psychedelic manner. This is in huge contrast to the rest of the [[RealIsBrown dark, drab coloration]] found throughout the rest of the game.

* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has an example of this in the episode "Adventures In Light Distortion". The episode had been largely humorous before, as the gravity engine on the Roaming Eye messed with the proportions of the HardLight-bodies of the Gems. However, when Steven shuts it off on accident and everyone gets pinned to the walls, the environment turns red and everything gains an effect much like watching a 3D movie without 3D-glasses. The fact that everything starts shaking as well does ''not'' help.
* From the show ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' there is the episode ''Operation: A.R.C.H.I.V.E.'', which details the creation of adults and the war that children and adults fought so that both could get their respective rights. Granted, the thing is controversial since [[AudienceAlienatingPremise it should be separated from the general continuity of the series in order to get the maximum enjoyment out of it]], but that is not what makes it this trope. What makes it this trope comes after the narrator (Numbuh 1) proves that adults and children do not live happily by using a TheEndOrIsIt styled motive and showing after it the presence of schools which should let children forget about everything, after which you get disturbing image after disturbing image with narration detailing how gruesomely children are getting brainwashed by them until the teacher for which the speech is given demands that Numbuh 1 stops speaking so that he can give him a [[FMinusMinus triple F minus]] for all of the (InUniverse) alleged lies he taught to those children. The show was already known for [[NightmareFuel/CodenameKidsNextDoor its outright gruesome imagery and themes]], but this is unbelievably hard to watch even by the standards of the very show.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' tends to have moments of rapid flashing and close-up shots of gore.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz''. The whole thing has no grasp on the idea of "Dominant Color" and is regularly seizure inducing with its trippy visuals and butt-ugly design. If you have sensitive eyes, or any eyes at all for that matter, you won't after watching this. As ''Webvideo/RebelTaxi'' said in his list of the top ten ugliest cartoons.
--> "Your average LCD TV can display over 16 million colors, and by golly ''The Problem Solverz'' is going to do just that."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' likes - nay, ''loves'' - to explore all the myriad ways of making its audience's eyes bleed. One example is when Cartman is told to close his eyes to find inspiration, cue a montage of [[MediumBlending real life footage]] of NightmareFuel, including {{family unfriendly death}}s, {{gorn}}, and ''a lab mouse eating another one's brain'' There is also random footage of a severely starving African man in a parody commercial for Towely products.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' used to have [[UncannyValley realistic]] [[NightmareFace mantel]] [[NightmareFuel depictions of]] [[GrossUpCloseUp its characters]] ([[MemeticMutation Moars Krabs]] is the most famous one). Thankfully this kind of NightmareFace dropped out of favor later on but they were intense.

* Certain Op Art works fall into this category - for instance, Briget Riley's "Late Morning", a 12ft canvas of red, green and blue stripes that causes nausea, migranes, dizziness and even epilepsy attacks in viewers.
* {{Shock Site}}s
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlNw5ZuDYsk Ouch.]] Epileptics: You are forewarned.
* {{Troll}}s like this, especially on forums that let them post images. The GarbagePostKid is a subtype of {{troll}} devoted to doing exactly this to the exclusion of anything else.
** One infamous example, related to the above video, was when famous troll Jonathan Fortuny sent [=GIFs=] and videos of flashing lights to The Epilepsy Foundation's website, which caused at least one to have a seizure. This one landed him an [[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03trolls-t.html interview in the New York Times]], in which he claimed he was [[WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou just demonstrating why they should beef up their security.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VRagyjrFUU asdfg.jodi.org]]. Just that. Flashing black and white backgrounds along with a load of absurd ASCII art jiggering around your screen. It's even said it'll become a virus if you visit it a second time.

[[AC:Aural Invasion]]

* Many ID bumps and promotional adverts on modern rock radio stations fit here. A favorite is to announce the station name with tons of sound effects and yelling. e.g.: This THIS THIS is K-K-K-K *explosion* *woman screams* KBBLA *sci-fi laser sound effects* *snippets from Family Guy* in the morning *lower pitch* IN THE MORNING!

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* "Why So Serious?" from ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Apparently the demos freaked out Creator/ChristopherNolan himself!
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'s [[https://soundcloud.com/godzillamovie/roar roar]] in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' was made to be very cacophonous and dissonant along with being loud.
* Alabama's raging scream in ''Film/TrueRomance'' at the end of the bathroom fight after she kills [[spoiler: Virgil]].

* The audiobook version of ''Literature/EdenGreen'' contains a grating scratch sound at the moment when [[spoiler:Eden is infected with]] the alien needle symbiote.

* In ''Fifteen Million Merits'', if you attempt to look away from an advert, a loud (and high-pitched) tone plays and you're demanded to '''[[Series/BlackMirror RESUME VIEWING. RESUME VIEWING. RESUME VIEWING. RESUME VIEWING. RESUME VIEWING.]]'''

* "L.A. Blues" from ''Music/FunHouse'' by Music/TheStooges where Iggy Pop moans, grunts and growls while the musicians go berserk.
* "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" from Music/FrankZappa's LiveAlbum [[Music/WeaselsRippedMyFlesh of the same name]], consisting of [[MostAnnoyingSound one harsh tone]]. Near the end the audience is literally stunned. There's some applause, some booing and Zappa closes the show.
* Music/TheBeatles' "Revolution 9" from their ''[[Music/TheWhiteAlbum White Album]]''.
** Though this holds no candle to ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo1TwoVirgins'' and side 1 of ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo2LifeWithTheLions'', where Music/YokoOno's OneWomanWail really grates on you.
* Most DeathMetal and BlackMetal, with the worst offenders being Music/InternalSuffering and Music/{{Cryptopsy}} for death metal, and Music/AnaalNathrakh and Music/{{Burzum}} for black metal.
** Music/{{Gorguts}}, Music/TheAxisOfPerdition, Music/DeathspellOmega, Music/BlutAusNord, and Gnaw Their Tongues also deserve mention here.
* IndustrialMetal. Music/{{Ministry}}, Music/FearFactory, Music/MarilynManson and [[Music/DevinTownsend Strapping Young Lad]] are among the most notable offenders.
** Industrial itself. Bands like Music/ThrobbingGristle, Music/{{Swans}}, Music/EinsturzendeNeubauten, etc. treated conventional musical instruments in abrasive aesthetic directions and used [[EverythingIsAnInstrument found objects as musical instruments]].
* {{Grindcore}}, more specifically the subgenres of noisegrind, deathgrind and electro/industrial grind
** Music/AnalCunt - With a name like that, it comes as no surprise.
* [[Music/{{Dubstep}} Brostep]] can come across as this, thanks to the treatment of Dubstep's characteristics. Drops become pretty noisy, 2-step-influenced drumbeats turn into brutal caricatures of themselves, and synthesizers sound more metallic than in old-school dubstep.
* A number of Music/{{Futret}}'s tracks are this.
* Music/SleepytimeGorillaMuseum, with "Bring Back the Apocalypse" being of particular interest.
* Some of the more extreme metal subgenres, particularly grindcore.
* A lot of hardcore electronic genres are based on this, including noisecore, [[{{industrial}} power electronics]], HarshNoise, speedcore, splittercore, glitch, breakcore, raggacore, hellektro/aggrotech, and some hardcore techno/gabber. Music/VenetianSnares is one of the worst offenders.
** Music/{{Whitehouse}} focus on this heavily-some Whitehouse reviewers have stated that they actually feel violated by the sounds used. [[{{Squick}} The fact that the subject matter of their lyrics is often actual rape and psychopathy doesn't help either.]]
** Music/PassengerOfShit is notorious for this. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohOOU2-HMUE Here's an example. (NSFW)]]
** Music/{{Merzbow}} makes almost all examples listed here seem like light ambient background noise [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGqzaPzrQG8]].
*** Behold, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7OZx6YPVCM O)))Bow 1]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viGEDten7NE O)))Bow 2]], the unholy matrimony of Merzbow and Music/SunnO.
** Let's not forget [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5d8N0j5e9w Masonna]] ...imagine if Merzbow used his own screaming in his tracks.
* Music/LouReed's ''Music/MetalMachineMusic'' is basically a double record set of nothing but guitar feedback noise. It has to be heard to be believed.
* [[ElectronicMusic IDM]] artists sometimes do this for fun.
** Music/{{Autechre}} uses this heavily. "Gantz Graf" is one of their more famous examples, and even their most innocuous songs have a fair bit of harshness to them.
*** Even better (or worse), "Confield."
** Hvratski, too.
** Music/AphexTwin's "Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix)" would certainly qualify. And generally, any track he has where the beats go so blazingly fast they practically fall all over themselves, which was a lot in the late 90s and early 2000s.
*** He also has some noise tracks that fit this category, like "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa-8GsMhznc Ventolin]]" which has a constantly high-frequency noise throughout (do '''not''' listen if you're prone to migraines).
** Squarepusher's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyw-_JxwFPY Steinbolt.]] Good song, but definitely an acquired taste. Even a YouTube comment claimed that the song itself is pretty much like if Dubstep is having a stroke.
* The end of Music/{{Captain Beefheart}}'s "Bat Chain Puller" from ''Music/ShinyBeast'' played at high volumes, goes straight here. But in a good way.
* Music/{{Starflyer 59}}'s "Dual Overhead Cam" features an eardrum-piercing guitar feedback shriek right after the second chorus.
* When the Music/{{Melvins}} are playing to a particularly unappreciative audience (especially if they're playing at a festival where everyone's really waiting for the big name acts), they've been known to just break into an endless, deliberately irritating noise jam in order to get everyone to leave. If only a few people are left, ''then'' sometimes they start playing actual songs. ''The Colossus of Destiny'' was essentially their attempt to replicate this on record, complete with the cacophony eventually turning into a performance of their song "Eye Flys". ''Chicken Switch'', a remix album heavy on contributions from experimental noise artists, also probably applies.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V/Vm James Leyland Kirby, aka 'V/Vm']] is known for the incredibly distorted remixes of popular music that he records, one example including his album "Sick Love", which consists of disgusting, mutated recreations of love songs like Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are", Berlin's "Take My Breath Away", etc.
** A stand-out piece is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nfwa7v9BUs "Hate You"]], from the compilation of the same name. It's [[EpicRocking 17 minutes]], and is a noise jam consisting of a loop of the chorus of The Beatles's "Hey Jude".
* The [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly psychedelic lo-fi noise dub]] group Black Dice have this trope in every one of their albums. It's not just their music that is amazingly nauseating (e.g. Repo, Broken Ear Record), but their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9WSNMKf_Vw music]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyLgnymvtRo videos]] too, which feature cut up found footage, along with intentional distortion.
* Some of Mike Patton's more out-there material, most notably the album ''Adult Themes For Voice'', which is nothing but 40-odd minutes of Patton making strange and often abrasive and/or startling vocal noises into a tape recorder and warping the results.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's album ''Music/OffTheDeepEnd'': 10 minutes [[HiddenTrack after the last track ends comes]] "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GguM0OJRUtI Bite Me]]", the "most annoying six seconds of audio ever recorded" to [[LastNoteNightmare scare the listener who forgot to turn off the CD player]]. It was also interpolated into the VanityPlate for Al's production company, Ear Booker Productions (who made ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow''), which is Sensory Abuse in its own right. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJe0aCeDrlA View here.]]
* ''[[http://frankiesmileshow.blogspot.com/2008/09/poppenkast-games.html The Sad, Sad Tale of Finnsworth, Private Eye In Space]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD3-f14Spk8 Video]]. HE'S A [[PrivateDetective PRIVATE EYE]] [[RecycledInSpace IN SPAAAAACE]]!! AND HE'S GOT [[SpaceWhale SCALES ALL OVER HIS BODY]]!! [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome HE'S A PRIVATE EYE IN SPACE,]] [[SoBadItsGood FIGHTING FOR HIS LIIIIIII-FE]]!!
** To put it bluntly, God help you if you're listening to this in Stereo!
* Present in ''Flywrench'' where the background music is mostly distorted noise.
* Music/AliceInChains has a track on their ''Music/{{Sap}}'' album called "Love Song." The song starts off a slow piano melody with vocals coughing and snorting for the accompaniment while a back up vocalist makes wailing sounds. When the lyrics start, they're sung through a megaphone while the rest of the band wails on their instruments.
* Music/{{Nirvana}} has "Endless Nameless" on the album ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'', and "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" and "Tourette's" on their followup ''Music/InUtero''.
* Music/DepecheMode's opening track to their ''Playing The Angel'' album, ''"A Pain That I'm Used To"'', opens with a prolonged, blaring siren that repeats a few times over what is otherwise a fairly subdued song. If you keep the volume adjusted to the siren, you can barely hear the song itself so you have to acclimate to it. [[FridgeBrilliance The siren becomes a pain that you're used to.]]
* [[http://thepiz.org/disco/?view=albums The Piz]] and their [[http://thepiz.org/plugins/ VST instrument plugins]].
* Music/{{KMFDM}}'s {{hidden track}} on ''Nihil'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahDApiGrULw skip to 3:41]]).
* Old-school {{industrial}} music, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8klW9trVTQ Discipline]] by Music/ThrobbingGristle.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsSYase1hJI Lower State of Consciousness]]" by ZZT. Harsh UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} style bleeps and buzzes set to techno beats.
* Many of R.A.E.D.'s songs fall into this.
* Japanese industrial band Dissecting Table.
* The Flume remix of Disclosure's "You & Me" off the special edition of their debut LP ''Settle'' is [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic pretty damn awesome]], except for the fact that the chorus involves an irritating, high-pitched ring that sounds for a brief moment. Some have complained that it causes headaches, and someone had to step up and make [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfzmi162pCk a version of the song with the ring greatly lessened]].
** Kind of mixed with optical abuse in the video; the footage played over the ringing sound often involves flickering backgrounds or straight-up flashing images.
* A relatively subdued example, but {{Music/REM}}'s "Leave" features a distorted, siren-like loop that starts playing about a minute into the song and plays continuously for about the next six minutes, at which point the song is nearly over. It's not mixed ''too'' loudly though, and the song seems purposely structured in such a way that you repeatedly forget the siren noise is there until suddenly there's a breakdown where you hear nothing but drums and sirens.
* Most of their music is pretty melodic, but Music/MyBloodyValentine have a habit of inserting a ten-plus-minute segment of pure noise, which according to WordOfGod is meant to [[BrownNote induce hallucinations in listeners]], into their song "You Made Me Realise" during live performances. The band refer to the segment as "the holocaust", which is a pretty good indicator of what it sounds like.
** It was [[UpToEleven enough to make]] {{Music/Cardiacs}} frontman Tim Smith ''[[FunnyAneurysmMoment have a heart attack]]'' at one of MBV's London shows.
* [[Music/DoomMetal Funeral doom]] is a different take on this trope from most DeathMetal and BlackMetal. It's played at a glacially slow pace with pretty much the gloomiest instrumentation possible, and the only vocals are [[HarshVocals incomprehensibly low growls]]. It's a good example showing that music doesn't have to be fast to be heavy. Take a listen to the song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2ecOWvif9g The March and the Stream]]" from pioneering funeral doom band Music/{{Skepticism}}.
* Music/DirEnGrey are no strangers to this trope, both in the visual department and in the actual music as well. Particular notorious audio examples include Kyo's ear-piercing screams in "Agitated Screams of Maggots" (the entire song), "Kodou" (right after a brief pause), and "Pink Killer" (Kyo sounds like he's being brutally tortured during the last 30 seconds or so as the music fades and what remains is his very loud shriek.
* Music/PorterRobinson directly addresses this in the lyrics of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ardc3nrQMxw Fellow Feeling]]," wherein the girl singing asks the listener to "hear what she hears" before they're graced with synthetic beats and distorted sound, as a parody of modern EDM. She then proceeds to call it "ugliness" and "cruelty." While it's not extremely painful to listen to, it's diegetically considered as such.
* Music/DeathGrips has the song 'Punk Weight'. The song starts out nice, preparing you for a drop... and next thing you know, your headphones are vibrating from the intense feeling and sound of pure bass.

* The ''VideoGame/CrazyBus'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC0cvwnG0Ik title theme]], which outside sources indicate was constructed using a literal random sound generator.
** OlderThanTheyThink: A similar random sound generator was included in one of Microsoft's BASIC demo programs that accompanies certain early PC compatibles. They're also taught as part of the syllabus in BASIC programming classes in the 80s.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYb9kSCkjE8 Giygas' well-known theme "music"]] in ''VideoGame/EarthBound''.
* Axel-F [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9iP3luS_ek from the PC port]] of the ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' tie-in game. Sure, it's no ''[=CrazyBus=]'', but it's more like ''[[MostAnnoyingSound Ear Rape Hills Cop]]''. The Spectrum 48K port fared a little better, sounding more like autotuned farts instead.
* Much ''Franchise/SilentHill'' music.
** Like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liJfyxmzkMQ Prayer]] from ''VideoGame/SilentHill3''.
** In ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'', the noise that plays when you're near the trigger for an Echo Message, or when a Raw Shock is nearby. Also, the "puzzle" completion noise is pretty... pretty horrible, that is.
* When this trope is applied to video game remixes, you get [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odFcS8Sg8Qw& this.]]
* Most music in pirated Nintendo games, which some serves as CopyProtection.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHMOorKpIKM Level 3]] of ''Lollipop'' on ''VideoGame/Action52'' is an unintentional example, especially when [[VariableMix mixed with glitchy sound effects]].
* In ''VideoGame/HammerBrother'', because the samples weren't inserted correctly, the track that plays in Secret 4-3 (which is supposed to be Cascade Capers) has glitched, high-pitched sounds that change the volume of the sound effects.
* Shows up twice in ''VideoGame/CorpseParty Blood Drive'', where the game plays music so loud that it actually sounds distorted in the gym and once while wandering Heavenly Host. Considering that it's recommended that you play with headphones to give it a more eerie atmosphere, it will ''destroy'' the ear drums of anyone unfortunate enough to actually use them during that moment.
* While playing ''VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach'', it's recommended to lower your volume whenever you encounter [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-066 SCP-066]] (Eric's Toy). As mentioned on the SCP article, the damn thing will blare Beethoven at super high decibels, and the game is ''no'' exception to that.
* Right before the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpaJulksCik Final Boss song]] in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' loops, the music dims out for a moment, then a ''bloodcurdling scream'' plays, much louder than anything else in the game. [[SchmuckBait If it's your first time hearing it, don't listen with headphones]].
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cio4Bx_9A8k The City]]'' theme from the 1997 game POSTAL. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSN7yo-3-4Y Specially when remastered in]] ''Redux''. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis NOT. EVEN.]] [[ParanoiaFuel BETTER.]]
* Many Horror games are prone to this, regarding the use of Screamers. Obviously, they're literally ''ear rape''.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' has a lot of loud sound effects in general, but Neo-Ridley definitely takes the cake.

* The Website/{{YouTube}} video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5eOrcfisEg Luna's Royal Voice]] takes Princess Luna's [[NoIndoorVoice Royal Canterlot Voice]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' to its logical conclusion...

* Pick an executable file on your computer. ANY executable file. Turn it into an audio file like .wav or .ogg. Instant sensory abuse.
* Similarly, playing a CD's data track in a CD player too old to know better. [=CDs=] with both music and data, such as ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', may have [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF2htc3XDaw a hidden "track 0"]] to warn you. Thankfully, newer CD players are actually smart enough to mute what it thinks isn't an audio track.
* Vuvuzelas.
* Any logo that uses a whoosh sound for its theme. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaWIR0J-KNw logo for 3-G Home Video]] and UAV Corporation are the most infamous contenders.
* During Joel of WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}}'s playthrough of a DOS ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' video game, the title screen has an [[MostAnnoyingSound ear-bleeding loud and clipped version of "You Can't Keep a Good Dog Down" playing]], startling both Joel (who literally starts screaming in pain) and his viewers.
* [[http://www.xkcd.com/1241/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has an InUniverse example. Self-proclaimed classhole Black Hat sets his cell phone ringtone to the sound a mosquito makes as it buzzes past one's ear.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' practically has this down to an art form.
** Perhaps the most infamous example is in episode 22, when [[spoiler:Asuka]] is [[MindRape Mind Raped]] by the Angel Arael.
** Then there's episode 26' (part 2 of ''The End of Evangelion''), which features ''an entire minute'' of lightning-fast images from the series and a cacophony of voices and sound effects.
** Shinji also shares one with the viewer in episode 4 when he is surrounded by the harsh, constant buzzing of cicadas.
** The previews for episodes 14, 19, 22/22', and 25 feature a lot of rapidly cycling images.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/aekime Michael Cusack]], an animator known for the 'Questions for Ted' series, also has two sub-channels, [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Flusack?feature=watch Flusack]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TedAnimationStudio?feature=watch TedAnimationStudio]] containing videos that are less Newgrounds-friendly than expected. One classic is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5BFT7iIjrM "tedshow1"]], which contains [[UsefulNotes/MSPaint MS-Paint]] style art, jarring 8-bit music, and horribly, HORRIBLY distorted speech.
** MMMF MMFFF MFFFFFF MFFF *crackle* *crackle*
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LmFZogaXPw Battle of the Glorks Part 0]] has a very [[Main/ScreamerPrank screamer prank]]-istic beginning.

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* ''Film/{{Irreversible}}'' is never particularly pleasant (what with the Infrasonics in the soundtrack and the at-times assaulting cinematography), but the ending elevates this up to an art form. The last minute or so is the screen flashing rapidly from black to white while a positively sickening sound plays. Even if you aren't epileptic, you will ''not'' be feeling great after the ending.

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* [[{{Room101}} Room 23]] from ''Series/{{Lost}}''. It's so bad [[spoiler: it's designed to literally erase the short term memory of the unlucky victim]].

* Music/NineInchNails has been known for this in both their music and their videos. Most infamously were the "Broken" videos of the early '90s.
* Music/DirEnGrey is very well known for doing this in their music, their lyrics, their music videos, and their lives. ''Agitated Screams Of Maggots'' which developed the "I'LL RAPE YOUR DAUGHTER ON YOUR GRAVE!!!" meme, is but only one example.
* The last few seconds of Music/LadyGaga's disturbing but watchable video for "Alejandro," in which her face suddenly melts inwards with a loud bubbling/screaming sound. It's supposed to be the [[{{retraux}} "tape"]] ripping.
* Many, MANY songs by by Music/DirEnGrey. [[DeathBySex Demons fucking the shit out of geisha women until they bleed]][[note]]The "Obscure" PV[[/note]], an [[DerangedAnimation animated]] story drawn in the style of Music/CannibalCorpse covers (which features a maggot that evolves into an EldritchAbomination)[[note]] "Agitated Screams Of Maggots"[[/note]], the band playing DeathMetal while they slowly rot [[note]]"Hageshisa to..."[[/note]], [[SurrealHorror surreal depictions]] of [[{{Hentai}} tentacle]] [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles rape]][[note]]"Different Sense"[[/note]], among others, combined with {{Scare Chord}}s, {{Last Note Nightmare}}s, [[CarefulWithThatAxe bouts of]] [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl deafeningly loud banshee screams]], and other forms of auditory MindScrew.
** Live performances are just as disturbing, maybe even worse; the vocalist sometimes screams out of nowhere while he vomits and bleeds, and speaker volumes are amplified to deafening levels.
* ''Music/SunnO'' live performances. Colored fog, druid robes, DroneOfDread, and volumes UpToEleven to make your ears ring and bones and internal organs vibrate.
* During the 1980's, the Music/ButtholeSurfers (an already disturbing band) would turn this into an art form. For starters, the band would be playing at absurdly loud volumes, flashing strobe lights at the audience at speeds that would induce ''nausea and seizures in some members of the audience'', and displaying a combination of 16mm films frontman Gibby Haynes had fraudulently obtained[[note]][[BavarianFireDrill He pretended to be a doctor in order to get films meant to be seen by people in medical school, for example]][[/note]] of things like male to female sex change operations, autopsy footage, driver's ed gore, medical examinations of people with sexually transmitted diseases, and even "innocent" things like episodes of shows like Series/CharliesAngels - played upside down in reverse, of course. The band would then compliment this with a series of props/stunts (flaming cymbals, dual-drummers, papier-mache dummies being ripped to shreds, copious amounts of fog, a naked dancer...), and improvised various other stunts on top of that to create a complete hellscape of a live show.

* A ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' sourcebook makes mention of how Chicago's members of clan Mekhet have devised an art style known as "maximalism." One such example listed is a work on the decay of the earth; the display consists of [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible day-glo painted rocks, a sand-covered floor, and a voice screaming "Dead earth! Dead earth!" over the speakers]]. For mortals, it comes across as abrasive, but for the Mekhet, who make good use of [[SuperSenses Auspex]], it's supposed to be ''mind-blowing''.
* [[SenseFreak Devotees of Slaanesh]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' will violate ''all'' your senses at once (and then the rest of you). Noise Marines in particular use, well, noise, hideously distorted sounds and sirens and turning the volume UpToEleven (in earlier editions, they used actual electric guitars) and destroy their foes with “deafeningly loud, psycho-sonically and pyrotechnically explosive attacks.". The Emperor's Children's senses are so dulled by centuries of excess only the clashiest of colors get their attention (hence their black-and-hot-pink colors).

* Theatre/TheRiteOfSpring by Music/IgorStravinsky is possibly the earliest example of both auditory and visual SensoryAbuse working together. Made in 1913, when this ballet debuted the discordant music, disturbing jerking motions of the dancers, and bizarrely jarring sets caused the audience to boo within the first 15 minutes, then [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19348_the-5-most-embarrassing-things-angry-mobs-have-rioted-over_p2.html riot before it was over]]. This Ballet is only half an hour long.

* [[http://www.johnmurphygames.com/?page_id=175 Acid Couch]], a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind of a character having a bad drug experience.
* Video games that are deliberately corrupted frequently fall into this territory. Either by messing with graphical/model data which can cause flashing textures or large, spastic polygons. Same can go with sound bytes stored in the game, either distorting horribly or becoming plain (if rather painful) white noise.

* Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff.... [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/sweetbroandhellajeff/movies/SBAHJthemovie1.html SwEEet BrO And hEEeElLA JeEeEeFFF!!!]]
** From the actual ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' series, we also have [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004748 Jade: Wake Up.]] Starts off nice enough, but [[CosmicHorrorStory doesn't stay that way for long...]]
** For a more benign example, there's [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003831 John: Reunite with your loving wife and daughter]]. It "features" an intentionally lame cover of a [[SillyLoveSongs melodramatic, cheesy love song]] complete with a 'guitar solo' which is actually the singer making a guitar noise with his mouth. This is nicely accompanied by WebAnimation/{{Animutation}}-style flashing colours, bad drawings and nasty gifs of Creator/NicolasCage.

* Many WebAnimation/{{Youtube Poop}}s, wherein it is called "ear rape". Some noteworthy ones:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/geibuchan Geibuchan]]'s Poops have a lot of sound bits intentionally amplified to loud noise levels for virtually no other reason than this.
** Creator/CartoonLover98 is another infamous example. Two of the biggest are "DON'T FORGET TO WRITE!" in the taken-down ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Political Bullshit]]'' and [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob]]'s reaction to thinking he became manager of the Krusty Krab 2 in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU_Oel6A74g SpingeBill Travels Half the Globe for a Hat]]''.
** The beginning of [=InspiredPlagarism=]'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b6-X5GHjss GarHallowFieldWeenBeard the Pirate]].
** Same goes to some of the Website/{{YTMND}} fads, like the Poland one.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtXFudBlCCc&ab_channel=DavidFirth Hell]], by Creator/DavidFirth.
* [[http://dagobah.net/flash/Click.swf This .swf]], taken from Dagobah, is a nifty little time-waster, and is also a headache-producer. It utilizes blue and red strobe lights and a looping scream, meaning that you'll get a nasty shock from it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDPeuJr-Vsw&feature=player_embedded YAY YAY]], a StickFigureAnimation that features rapidly flashing images, crackling sound effects, and ToiletHumor.
* Video game reviewer ''WebVideo/{{Caddicarus}}'' is a big fan of this. Nearly every video has several instances of audio distortion, random flashing colors, or both. He usually uses it in a WebAnimation/YouTubePoop-esque way to make a point.
* In Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos, [[HumanoidAbomination Slender Man]] causes video and audio distortion in camera footage of him, so video series like ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID'', and ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve'' feature this a lot.
* Created for the [=7DFPS=] competition, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R_G0kFPIzo GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT vs xxXilluminatiXxx [wow/10 #rekt edition] - Montage Parody The Game]]'' assaults the player with loud dubstep, flashing lights, and internet memes. The game was created as a {{parody}} of montage videos put together by some [[LetsPlay Let's Players]] that features the previously mentioned dubstep, flashing lights, and memes, taking them, cranking them UpToEleven, and rendering it playable.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brnvKVHbnlA DOUBLE GOULET]] by [=MrTennek=] takes [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario's]] "no" from ''VideoGame/HotelMario'' and distorts it into one of these. Then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J3iF8siRYs The Life and Death of a Mr. Goulet]] expands it into almost two minutes of this.
* ''WebAnimation/MokeysShow'' by Creator/SrPelo is loud, grotesque, and intentionally offensive and obnoxious in the name of comedy.

* WesternAnimation/WordParty has Kip's ''Boppin Beetle'' toy in the episode "Kip Comes To His Senses". Flashing lights that can potentially cause seizures? Check. Obnoxious beeping sounds that gives VideoGame/CrazyBus' music a run for its money? Check. If it were real, the CPSC and UL would've swiftly banned it from sale.

* [[ScreamerPrank Screamers]].
* In RealLife, this can happen accidentally to people who have issues with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_overload sensory overload]]. It often accompanies autism or related disorders and it can affect any of the five senses, not just vision or hearing. While the vast majority of sensory abuse these people undergo is unintentional, a very sadistic person could use it for deliberate torture.
* Most [[VanityPlate production logos]] from the 1970s and early 1980s, particularly those by Viacom ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10LDTLjEPDM The V of Doom]]"), Columbia/Screen Gems ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ7zZRud1B0 The S From Hell]]"), and Paramount ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5fVJwc8hiE The Closet Killer]]" or "The Peak of Fear"). The combination of bombastic synthesized jingles and symbols that seem to charge toward the screen caused no end of distress for young children.