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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

White Noise - An Electric Storm

White Noise is an electronic music band formed in London, England in 1969 by American born David Vorhaus, a classical bass player with a background in both physics and electronic engineering. He was initially joined by BBC Radiophonic Workshop composers Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, both ex of electronic music project Unit Delta Plus.

In 1968 White Noise released the groundbreaking album An Electric Storm on Island Records. The album was created using a variety of tape manipulation techniques, and is notable for its early use of the first British synthesizer, the EMS Synthi VCS3. Amongst many oddities, the first track on the album Love Without Sound employed speeded up tape edits of Vorhaus playing the double bass to create violin and cello sounds. 'I use voices a lot too, but not as conventional vocals. I always use a lot of voices, and if somebody having an orgasm in the background is used as part of one of the waveforms, it makes the sound more interesting, without the listener actually knowing what they're hearing.' Interview with David Vorhaus

Although not initially commercially successful for Island, it has over the years proved to be a cult classic, namechecked by such contemporary artists as The Orb and Julian Cope, influencing such contemporary acts Broadcast and Add N to (X). Derbyshire and Hodgson left White Noise and moved on to other projects after An Electric Storm, while Vorhous would go on to release an additional four albums under the same name.
(Year of Release: 1968)

Track List:
1. Love Without Sound
2. My Game Of Loving
3. Here Come The Fleas
4. Firebird
5. Your Hidden Dreams
6. The Visitations
7. The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell

Download: White Noise - An Electric Storm (82MB)


Steve Engler said...

Thanks for the comments and encouragement on my blog page, I'm glad you like it so far. I like what I see here, I'll download some things when I have the time. Link exchanging sounds cool, but I'm completely new to all this so let me know what you had in mind sometime.

A Dashing Blade said...

Cheers for this, only had a 192kbps version.

perform live at the BOCHUM PLANETARIUM on Saturday March 29th 2008.
The White Noise lineup of David Vorhaus and Mark Jenkins perform
original tracks and remixes from the recently re-released "An
Electric Storm", the first time some pieces from this groundbreaking
album born at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in the late 1960's have
ever been heard in live performance. Tracks like "The Visitation"
have been acclaimed as some of the most influential in the entire
history of electronic music, and in the performance David Vorhaus
previews his incredible new Kaleidophon musical instrument.
The accompanying Mark Jenkins solo performance "Supernova" is a new
"Best Of..." compilation taken from his Space Dreams series and other
popular CD releases, accompanied by a stunning hour-long frame
synchronised computer graphic space movie, with narrative on the DVD
version by vocalist for Crazy World Of... and Klaus Schulze, the one
and only Arthur Brown.


gclot said...

amazing album. Incidently the track The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell was used in the hammer film Dracula AD72. thank you