Noise Reduction Society is the production and label identity of James Hegarty. Since 1984 I have been producing and recording live performances and recordings of experimental multimedia. Some of my work has been presented in New York, Chicago, and St. Louis. My opera, The Soul of the Rock, received its premiere in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library in 1994. My electroacoustic compositions have been included in festivals throughout the US, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.

In recent years I have been focusing my work on live performance and recording of avant-garde free jazz and free improv. Some of the venues where I have performed include the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum, the Tavern of Fine Arts, Lemp Neighborhood Art Center, The Galaxy, Foam, Three Sinks Gallery, Eye Drum in Atlanta, and the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City.