MENU
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

WHITE NOISE

Progressive Electronic • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

White Noise picture
White Noise biography
WHITE NOISE is an obscure musical project which was born during the late years of the underground psych rock era but deeply influenced by the psych-acoustic researches and early synth experiments. Published in 1968, "An Electric Storm" can be appreciated as an unconditional legendary release, delightfully strangey and challenging at the same time. It features the presence of Brian Hodgson and Delia Derbyshire on electronics associated to the work of David Vorhaus. The music admits an intriguing mix of transporting electronic manipulations, propulsive acid rockin' sequences and an important dose of dada-esque improvised fantasies. A real curiosity and a must have for any prog lovers.

From 1974, the band integrally became the project of David Vorhaus. Still active until now, David Vorhaus has written electronic sound epic odysseys with a more sci-fi cosmic synth approach (White Noise II / III) compared to the aleatoric-avant-garde space pop of "An Electric storm" (1968).

Philippe Blache

White Noise official website

WHITE NOISE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

WHITE NOISE forum topics / tours, shows & news


WHITE NOISE forum topics Create a topic now
WHITE NOISE tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "white noise"
Post an entries now

WHITE NOISE Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to WHITE NOISE

Buy WHITE NOISE Music


Electric StormElectric Storm
Import · Remastered
Imports 2007
Audio CD$5.32
$9.82 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Anthrax ?- Sound Of White Noise-CASSETTE TAPE-Thrash/Speed Metal Music-1993 USD $2.99 [0 bids]
HAIRDRYER SOUNDS CD. BABY SLEEP AID, BABIES, WHITE NOISE, HOUSEHOLD NOISES USD $4.99 Buy It Now 1h 21m
VACUUM CLEANER SOUNDS CD. BABY SLEEP AID, BABIES, WHITE NOISE, HOUSEHOLD NOISES USD $4.99 Buy It Now 1h 22m
Phil Vincent - White Noise [New CD] USD $13.85 Buy It Now 2h 45m
White Noise - Phil Vincent (CD Used Very Good) USD $11.85 Buy It Now 5h 47m
PVRIS White Noise WHITE / GREY Vinyl LP + 7" + DVD RISE 312-1 USD $45.65 Buy It Now 5h 48m
White Noise Meditation-7 Hz Theta Soundscapes CD NEW USD $19.86 Buy It Now 6h 3m
PVRIS - WHITE NOISE (DELUXE EDITION) CD+DVD NEW+ USD $24.68 Buy It Now 6h 57m
Anthrax - Sound Of White Noise JAPAN 2CD 1993 (WMC5-601) OBI + Sticker USD $12.99 Buy It Now 8h 10m
PVRIS - White Noise Deluxe Version (NEW VINYL LP+7"+DVD) USD $28.68 Buy It Now 9h 59m
PVRIS White Noise PHOTO Print POSTER Paris Band Lynn Gunn Shirt Tour You USD $4.55 Buy It Now 11h 33m
PVRIS White Noise PHOTO Print POSTER Paris Band Lynn Gunn Shirt Tour You USD $4.55 Buy It Now 11h 33m
PVRIS White Noise PHOTO Print POSTER Paris Band Lynn Gunn Shirt Tour You USD $6.51 Buy It Now 11h 33m
PVRIS White Noise PHOTO Print POSTER Paris Band Lynn Gunn Shirt Tour You USD $19.55 Buy It Now 11h 33m
Laki Mera - Turn All Memory To White Noise - Laki Mera CD Z4VG USD $4.15 Buy It Now 14h 24m
TK from Ling tosite sigure white noise First Limited Edition Type B CD+DVD Japan USD $59.50 Buy It Now 14h 25m
ANTHRAX SOUND OF WHITE NOISE LP 1993 INN SLEEVE EXCELLENT CONDITION USD $79.99 Buy It Now 14h 33m
David Bowie - Black Tie White Noise (14 Tracks) / TH Cassette USD $9.99 Buy It Now 15h 49m
Marc Bonilla White Noise Promo CD Single USD $9.99 Buy It Now 17h 33m
White Noise-Colossus / Colossal 12" Drum and Bass Vinyl Sight Records 2002 USD $13.04 Buy It Now 18h 19m
Sweet Dreams - Baby Sleep Aid / Help / Assistance CD with White Noise USD $7.98 Buy It Now 18h 39m
DENON Audio Technical CD PCM Digital JAPAN Test Signals Pink White Noise etc USD $1.29 [0 bids]
19h 31m
gary numan live white noise lp numad 1002 1984 german pressing england USD $15.88 Buy It Now 20h 16m
White Noise by Alpinestars (Cd Jul-2002) MINT USD $1.99 Buy It Now 21h 26m
DAVID BOWIE single BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE 4 track CD al b sure YOU'VE BEEN AROUND USD $29.99 Buy It Now 22h 10m
DAVID BOWIE single BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE 7 track CD al b sure remix mix USD $59.99 Buy It Now 22h 10m
Charisma - Roslyn Dunlop/Julia Ryder/David Vance - CD (GWN002 Great White Noise) USD $15.87 Buy It Now 23h 59m
WHITE NOISE (ROCK/PROG GROUP) An Electric Storm LP VINYL UK Pink Island 1969 7 USD $125.25 Buy It Now 1 day
GARY NUMAN White Noise LP VINYL UK Numa 1985 18 Track Double Live In Gatefold USD $23.92 Buy It Now 1 day
AEROPLANES This Is My Love CD UK White Noise 2006 2 Track Promo In Special Info USD $6.51 Buy It Now 1 day
White Noise, Vol. 1 by Various Artists-ELECTRONIC SYNTH-2LP GATE FOLD-LISTEN USD $14.99 Buy It Now 1 day
GARY NUMAN - WHITE NOISE - RARE 1986 CASSETTE TAPE ALBUM USD $4.42 Buy It Now 1 day
(BI773) Viewer, White Noise - DJ CD USD $3.33 Buy It Now 1 day
SEYE White Noise 7" VINYL Stranger 2012 Pic Disc B/W Baxta Remix (Str7011) USD $4.68 Buy It Now 1 day
AEROPLANES This Is My Love 7" VINYL UK White Noise 2006 B/W Rain At Your Door USD $5.46 Buy It Now 1 day
ANTHRAX SOUND OF WHITE NOISE AUSTRALIAN CASSETTE TAPE USD $10.60 Buy It Now 1 day
DAVID BOWIE BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE AUSTRALIAN CASSETTE TAPE USD $15.55 Buy It Now 1 day
DAVID BOWIE BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE NEW ZEALAND CASSETTE TAPE USD $15.55 Buy It Now 1 day
(AZ169) White Noise, White Noise - DJ CD USD $3.33 Buy It Now 1 day
ALPINESTARS ~ White Noise [BONUS Tracks x 2] ~ CD Album ~ GC! USD $4.37 Buy It Now 1 day
Avion-White Noise-LP-1987 EMI Records Australia Promo issue-EMX 430046 USD $39.66 Buy It Now 1 day
David Bowie Black Tie White Noise UK CD single (CD5 / 5") 74321148682 ARISTA USD $10.55 Buy It Now 1 day
Gary Numan White Noise UK 2-LP vinyl record (Double Album) NUMAD1002 NUMA 1985 USD $31.23 Buy It Now 1 day
Button Badge Shy Child Band Music Red White Noise Won't Stop USD $1.29 Buy It Now 1 day
Anthrax ?Sound Of White Noise Japan 2CD WMC5-601 OBI/Booklet/Sticker/Poster 1993 USD $34.99 Buy It Now 1 day
DAVID BOWIE "BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE" CD NEW+ USD $15.59 Buy It Now 1 day
WHITE NOISE BY GARY NUMAN 2 CD SET +BONUS CD SINGLE A QUESTION OF FAITH - UK IMP USD $32.00 Buy It Now 1 day
David Bowie-Black Tie White Noise LP CASSETTE SAVAGE 1993 SEALED OOP USD $5.98 Buy It Now 1 day
Anthrax Lot Of 2 CDs Sound of White Noise Persistence Of Time USD $7.99 [0 bids]
1 day
ANTHRAX - Sound of White Noise 1993 Thrash/Heavy Metal CD. Club House Edition USD $4.76 Buy It Now 1 day
David Bowie - BLACK TIE, WHITE NOISE Promotional [1993] CD - NM USD $79.99 Buy It Now 1 day
WHITE NOISE - ASHUTOSH PHATAK - BOLLYWOOD SOUNDTRACK CD SONGS - FREE UK POST USD $6.51 Buy It Now 1 day
SANTAH-WHITE NOISE BED VINYL LP NEW USD $16.08 Buy It Now 1 day
WHITE NOISE ( NEW SEALED CD ) AN ELECTRIC STORM ( REMASTERED ) USD $8.41 Buy It Now 1 day
WHITE NOISE-AM/PM CD NEW USD $11.00 Buy It Now 1 day
S-HATERS white noise 12" Record 1985 UK vg USD $24.98 Buy It Now 1 day
White Noise Electric Storm vinyl LP NEW sealed USD $50.80 Buy It Now 2 days
David Bowie - Black Tie White Noise (CD 1996) 743211369725 USD $13.03 Buy It Now 2 days
Like A Pyramid Of Fire - White Noise Sound 5024545710014 (Vinyl Used Very Good) USD $24.30 Buy It Now 2 days
1993 ANTHRAX "SOUND OF WHITE NOISE" THRASH GROOVE METAL CASSETTE TAPE ELEKTRA USD $9.89 Buy It Now 2 days
Jay Ferguson White Noise Dutch vinyl LP album record 1C064-400077 CAPITOL 1982 USD $15.58 Buy It Now 2 days
CD Anthrax Sound of White Noise Japan Victor VICP60320 Remastered 5 Bonus Songs USD $21.43 [2 bids]
2 days
Led Zeppelin ?On Tour The Backstage Story BOOTLEG White Noise Rec RARE JAPAN 2LP USD $34.95 Buy It Now 2 days
NEW - AM/PM by The White Noise USD $11.98 Buy It Now 2 days
Jay Ferguson White Noise vinyl LP album record USA ST-12196 CAPITOL 1982 USD $15.58 Buy It Now 2 days
Alpinestars White Noise (Feat Brian Molko & Abi Tucker) Australian CD USD $10.79 Buy It Now 2 days
Lot 4 Brand New Relaxation Meditation Music Nature White Noise CDs USD $20.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Black Tie White Noise by David Bowie ( CD, 1993. BMG SAVAGE ) USD $11.11 Buy It Now 2 days
Alpinestars - White Noise CD DIGIPAK BID NOW! USD $0.65 [0 bids]
2 days
Alpinestars - White Noise - Alpinestars CD KIVG USD $5.89 Buy It Now 2 days
JAY FERGUSON-WHITE NOISE-CAPITAL-SEALED-ORGINAL-NICE-.SUPER RARE USD $10.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Anthrax - Sound Of White Noise WMC5-600 JAPAN CD OBI W-7301 USD $2.99 [1 bids]
2 days
DAVID BOWIE - READ INTERESTING DETAILS - BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE ORIGINAL 1993 CD USD $10.43 [0 bids]
2 days
White Noise ?- An Electric Storm Island Records ?- ST-9303 USD $26.99 Buy It Now 2 days
ANTHRAX Sound Of White Noise cassette tape Thrash Speed Heavy Metal Potter Field USD $2.95 Buy It Now 2 days
White Noise,An Electric Storm,Repressing featuring Delia Derbyshire,LP USD $21.51 Buy It Now 2 days
DAVID BOWIE white noise, black tie CASSETTE SEALED MINT USD $40.00 Buy It Now 2 days
White Noise [Deluxe Edition] [LP] by PVRIS (Vinyl, May-2016, 3 Discs, Rise) USD $19.93 Buy It Now 2 days
Am/Pm - White Noise Explicit Version (CD Used Very Good) Explicit Version USD $8.99 Buy It Now 2 days
ANTHRAX Sound Of White Noise +1 CASSETTE TAPE IROND LTD RUSSIA K7 RARE OOP HTF USD $4.25 [0 bids]
2 days
David Bowie - Black Tie White Noise USD $3.91 [0 bids]
2 days
JULIUS, CONIC, M/M, 4 Track, Promotional CD Single, Plastic Sleeve, WHITE NOISE, USD $3.90 Buy It Now 2 days
Skyharbor-Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $13.92 Buy It Now 2 days
David Bowie ?- Black Tie White Noise cd album USD $2.60 [1 bids]
2 days
WHITE NOISE - An Electric Storm - CD Album *Remastered* USD $5.20 Buy It Now 2 days
Anthrax Black Lodge CD promo copy limited ed with White Noise Stickers USD $6.52 [0 bids]
3 days
AVENGERS 12" EP LP WHITE NOISE '79 US orig 2nd prs yellow PENELOPE HOUSTON punk! USD $99.00 Buy It Now 3 days
LP - Gary Numan - White Noise double album vinyl record NUMAD 1002 1985 gatefold USD $9.12 Buy It Now 3 days
(DE149) Alpinestars, White Noise - 2002 DJ CD USD $6.51 Buy It Now 3 days
PVRIS - White Noise Deluxe EditionTri-color Black/Grey/Clear Limited Edition USD $39.99 [0 bids]
3 days
David Bowie Featuring Al B. Sure! Black Tie White Noise JAPAN DJPROMO CD G-11690 USD $0.99 Buy It Now 3 days
David Bowie Featuring Al B. Sure! Black Tie White Noise JAPAN DJPROMO CD G-11690 USD $0.99 [0 bids]
3 days
Rare David Bowie Black Tie White Noise German Import Edition 14 Tracks Arista USD $25.86 Buy It Now 3 days
WHITE NOISE BABY SLEEP CD. SLEEP AID FOR BABIES, STOP CRYING, SOUNDS OF THE WOMB USD $3.51 Buy It Now 3 days
Gary Numan Live White Noise Signed CD USD $78.24 Buy It Now 3 days
DAVID BOWIE - BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $7.89 Buy It Now 3 days
WHITE NOISE CD BABY & INFANT SLEEP AID, GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP FOR BABIES, RELAXATION USD $3.51 Buy It Now 3 days
White Noise - Electric Storm [New Vinyl] USD $23.61 Buy It Now 3 days
David Bowie Black tie white noise... rare cassette USD $10.42 Buy It Now 3 days
White Noise - Electric Storm [New Vinyl] USD $26.67 Buy It Now 3 days

More places to buy WHITE NOISE music online Buy WHITE NOISE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
WHITE NOISE has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

WHITE NOISE discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

WHITE NOISE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.26 | 43 ratings
An Electric Storm
1969
4.00 | 4 ratings
White Noise 2 - Concerto For Synthesizer By David Vorhaus
1975
4.00 | 3 ratings
White Noise III - Re-Entry
1980
2.96 | 4 ratings
White Noise IV - Inferno
1989
3.00 | 2 ratings
White Noise V - Sound Mind
2000

WHITE NOISE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

WHITE NOISE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

WHITE NOISE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

WHITE NOISE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

WHITE NOISE Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 An Electric Storm by WHITE NOISE album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.26 | 43 ratings

BUY
An Electric Storm
White Noise Progressive Electronic

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars WHITE NOISE was an interesting electronic band from London, UK that was started by the American David Vorhaus who was both classically trained as a bassist and had a connection to electronic engineering. After hooking up with a couple members of Unit Delta Plus which was one of the innovators of tape manipulations and experimental electronic music, they decided to create a couple tracks intended to be released only as a single but after Island Records caught wind of their goings-on, they were persuaded to release an entire album's worth of material. So meticulous were these guys that that request ended up taking them a full year to complete and only completed the last track in a day when Island insisted on releasing the album. Finally in the summer of 69, AN ELECTRIC STORM was released.

This is fun music and not nearly as freaky as i had anticipated. It is firmly placed in the 60s and will instantly bring The United States Of America to mind with its swingin' sexy bachelor pad type of loungy exotica. The music may not be freaky (all the time), but the electronic embellishments are fairly sophisticated for the day. The production is excellent considering the year and the inventiveness justifies the time allotted to its creation. The album is basically divided into Phase-In (tracks 1-5) and Phase-Out (tracks 6, 7). The first phase being basically an electronically doctored up version of a Herb Alpert or Tom Jones type of feel, while the second phase venturing into the extremities of psychedelic electronica that would totally feel at home next to Pink Floyd's "Saucerful Of Secrets" and the early Krautish psychedelia of Pärson Sound. However, even on phase two it doesn't always get to full-on freakout mode at least until the very end. There is usually a melodic insertion to remind you of the time period therefore this album does feel like a product of its time, but i hardly feel that it is a bad thing. Some music serves the purpose of bringing an era to mind and AN ELECTRIC STORM achieves that for sure.

Personally i'm not quite as taken by this as many others and i prefer the album by The United States Of America which was released the previous year for it had more memorable 60s melodies and offered a lot of the same kind of electronic explorations, but WHITE NOISE does up the ante in the psychedelic department on phase 2 with some truly innovative electronic wizardry that can take you to the moon like Apollo 11 and then back to the the more terrestrial swanky grooviliciousness of 60s pop culture. This is a brilliant album certainly and highly recommended to anyone who is interested in the continuation of early electronic pioneers of the 50s such as Stockhausen and also utilizing the algorithmic composition systems of Gottfried Michael Koenig but also as a proto-progresive electronic album that would eventually fuel the Berlin school sound. Definitely an innovative album for the time but unfortunately WHITE NOISE waited a full six years for a follow-up and in the fertile late 60s / early 70s they were quickly surpassed in their innovation. Still though, this one album keeps them relevant in the rich history that encompasses the progression of electronic music.

 An Electric Storm by WHITE NOISE album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.26 | 43 ratings

BUY
An Electric Storm
White Noise Progressive Electronic

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars In '68, three bands all coincidentally experimented with primitive, self constructed oscillators to create some of the same electronic sounds Stockhausen and friends had been working with since the '40's, and now to be done in the context of popular music. Because of this, only twenty years later we had the first techno. But, more pertinent to us here on PA, we had four great albums cut, and we got Tangerine Dream out of it two years later. And, the third, final, and British one of of the three bands, White Noise, had both the best of the four records of the first pop electronic groups, and perhaps the most influential. Not just EDM and prog electronic sprung from this, but industrial. Side One is Phase In, and features the more warm, gentle, psychedelic side of the band's sound. The music is fun and relaxing, with nice singing and voices of pleasure. The sound is also much smoother than that of the other two bands, Silver Apples and The United States of America. All this changes going to the other side, Phase Out. This is the first industrial, at least six years ahead of its time. The music turns dark, the vocalists start screaming and crying, terrifying sounds come out of nowhere. The two tracks on this side have their comparatively relieving sections, but they are still just off, and a creepy narrator haunts us. There are the chants of a black mass. A man's screams become the cries of a demonic machine. "The Visitation" and "Black Mass" still stand as two of the best pieces of industrial ever put to wax. "An Electric Storm" as a whole, then, is the spring of countless genres and more than a masterpiece in its own right. This makes for a heck of a listen.
 An Electric Storm by WHITE NOISE album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.26 | 43 ratings

BUY
An Electric Storm
White Noise Progressive Electronic

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars "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." - David Vorhaus, White Noise/The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Another forgotten classic. In this mindblowing, amazing trip from the late 60s, you will open your eyes to the revolutionary electronic (without any synth) music by late members of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, including Delia Derbyshire, a pionneer and master of the tape manipulation techniques. Brian Hodgson, Delia Derbishire, and David Vorhaus management to create sound effects is superb. These works features Paul Lytton on drums. An Electric Storm has the unique capacity to bother your senses in a relaxing way. Most of the tracks are calm when they are singing. The vocal lines are pretty catchy. But listeners will please the unexpected with the dark atmoshperic unknown presence made by sound textures and emulation of soundbanks. Edited tapes of intruments playing to sound like violins. Noises. Random voices of people laughing, screaming, crying and having sex in the most innapropriate moments.

Side A: Phase-In - The album cames from a totally different root, but eventually fell into the avant-psychedelic territory. You will notice the psychedelia in the very few minutes: Love Without Sound. This first track is a musical mushroom paradise. The noisy intersections makes a contrast with the easy mood and desperate anger. The song is followed by the erotic My Game of Loving, and then, the psychedelic experimental rock Here Comes The Flea, featuring great female vocals, one of my favorite tracks, highly reccomended to Gong and similar artists fans. Firebird is a great track, as well. The A Side is closed with the four minutes proto-shoegaze of Your Hidden Dreams.

Side B: Phase-Out - Here we are, the lenghty track. The Visitation. Twelve minutes of insanity. The track follows a line to play the lyrical part, then distorts them with the brilliant magic of the tape edition method, causing strange vibes between the chorus. The last moments of the album (the lenghty track called The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell) is very similar to some Einstürzende Neubauten records: harsh yells and almost industrial noises. Well, in the case of White Noise, there are corrupted soundwaves seeming drills and jackhammers. This track features a jazzy drum solo and a thriller feeling.

An Electric Storm is a knockdown. This disturbing soft album was ahead of it's time using vintage recording effects by manipulation. Come on and take place in the White Noise obscure trip!

 White Noise IV - Inferno by WHITE NOISE album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.96 | 4 ratings

BUY
White Noise IV - Inferno
White Noise Progressive Electronic

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

By WN's fourth album (released in 89), David Vorhaus was the sole member of the project, and Inferno can be seen as a pure solo album. Armed with an impressive array of experimental synthesizers, including one that looks like a Chapman Stick; since his previous Re-Entry album of the early 80's, Vorhaus had mostly concentrated during the decade on film and advertising music for revenues, but still chose to experiment wildly for his pet-project. While the German-born David Vorhaus is definitely not a household name like his compatriots such as Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) or Klaus Schulze, his work is no less excellent despite not being nearly as prolific as the other two electronic wizards. But in some ways, this allowed him not to dilute into lengthy and overstretched new-agey stuff. So we're dealing with an album that is much more interesting than the usual Schulze- Wahnfried stuff.

Although I wouldn't call this album really groundbreaking music either, but Vorhaus used the latest state of the art synths, but like everyone else in those years, he failed to renew the electronic music genre, even if Inferno can sometimes be reminiscent of the excellent early Isao Tomita albums, but recorded some 17 years afterwards. If I mention Tomita's early works, it is precisely because some of the tracks are indeed quite as amazing and adventurous on the harmonies, breaks and counterpoints, like the closing Bringer Od Darkness. Don't get me wrong, not everything on Inferno is of the same barrel, like the cheap-sounding Light Mover, but it's more of a minority than not. While I wouldn't call this album as essential on an overall scale, in its late 80's genre, it's definitely worth remembering it.

 An Electric Storm by WHITE NOISE album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.26 | 43 ratings

BUY
An Electric Storm
White Noise Progressive Electronic

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars In the world of electronic music, I can hardly think of an album that was so groundbreaking and precocious than White Noise's Electric Storm. Indeed the project joined three incredibly inquisitive and inventive musicians such as German-born Davis Vorhaus, locals Brian Hodgson and Delia Derbyshire, who later were of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop fame. Also a part of the project, jazz drummer Paul Lytton and several vocalists, White Noise cut An Electric Storm in 1968, released on the groundbreaking Island records. Without any proper synthesizer per se, the album relied heavily on complex tape edits and eerie sound effects.

Well AES is not just about electronic loops and effects, but it also relies on a solid dose of goofy British pop weirdo-ism (one that Frank Zappa would've approved of) and a certain sense of minimalism, even if there is plenty of stuff going on simultaneously in the music. Beit pieces like Love Without Sound, My Game Of Loving (don't be fooled by the track names), the electronic loops and tapes are wallpapering the sonic spaces behind far-reaching vocals that can stretch out to sexual moans or nutcase wailings. The madness continues with Here Comes the Fleas and Firebird (nothing to do with Igor) and the quieter Hidden Dreams.

Over the early-Floydish flipside, renamed Phase Out (as opposed to the A-side's Phase In), the madness doesn't stop but changes somewhat from shorter goofy tunes to a more serious experimental sound over two lengthier tracks, opening with the aptly-titled 11-mins Visitation , which sounds like a cosmic storm visiting the confines of your brains. This is clearly the album's centrepiece with the vocals taking on a second role, but remaining poignant enough (there are weeping bouts) to keep you riveted to the edge of your seat. The closing 7-mins Black Mass Electric Storm In Hell could just come out of Floyd's Saucerful Of Ummagumma album, where Lytton's drumming evokes what Nick Mason would do in a few months in Secrets or Setting The Controls Of The Heart Of The Sun. But it's not just about the drumming, there are Waters-ian scream, Wright-ian knob-twiddlings and Barrett-ian lunacy involved.

Well this album should come down like An Electric Storm over the electronic-minded progheads, although the sheer wackiness of the album should please Zappa, Beefheart fans and Moondog or even Terry Riley followers. In either case, passing through AES session should not leave anyone unscathed and should send your sanity up the zaniness ladder all the way up to volume 11.

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition. and to E&O Team for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives