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    Posted: May 16 2010 at 14:46
White Noise - An electric storm (1969)
Not sure what category it fits into - but surely a piece of progressive music. 

Instead of trying to describe the music I quote: (Written on the album's back cover)
"MANY SOUNDS HAVE NEVER BEEN HEARD-BY HUMANS: SOME SOUND WAVES YOU DON'T HEAR-BUT THEY REACH YOU. 'STORM STEREO' TECHNIQUES COMBINE SINGERS, INSTRUMENTALISTS AND COMPLEX ELECTRONIC SOUND. THE EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IS AT MAXIMUM"

Side one is titled 'phase in' and features five short tracks. Side two is titled 'phase out' and features two long tracks 'the visitation' & 'black mass: electronic storm in hell'. They are of very different nature from the shorter 'poppier' tracks of side one - they develop into some krautish free-form nightmare.   
A truely unique album and one of my alltime favorites.

Production Co-ordinator: David Vorhaus
Electronic Sound Realisation: Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson
Percussion: Paul Lytton
Vocals: John Whitman, Annie Bird, Val Shaw
Special Stereo Effects devised by David Vorhaus B.Sc., Dip.Elec. 

Delia Derbyshire <3 
Employee, as was Brian Hodgson, at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

David Vorhaus made another album in the midseventies called white noise II, of which I've only heard the title track feartured on this, the best sampler ever (feat. otherwise unreleased material from hatfield and the north & steve hillage) . But it's nowhere near as impressive as an electric storm.
v/a - V (virgin sampler - 1975)
Look closely - what's wrong?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2010 at 15:03
thanks ... should be checked out indeed Smile

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2010 at 15:27
Huh, I thought they're already here. Shocked An Electric Storm is an awesome album, and about 30 years ahead of its time if you ask me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2010 at 15:34
Thanks, will check.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2010 at 15:49
Originally posted by Paravion Paravion wrote:

 
Delia Derbyshire <3 


Not to go too off-topic here, but a thousand times this. There was a radio 4 documentary about her recently during which my respect and admiration for her developed into an out-and-out nerd-crush.

I only know White Noise's first album, but on the strength of that one alone I agree we ought to seriously consider adding them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2010 at 16:58

One of my favorite albums!  They should be added!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2010 at 18:20
The sleeve is very impressing! Shocked

Gonna check after work, thanks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2010 at 21:28
It's been suggested many times in the past, and I've read that Progressive Electronic rejected it (and I can understand why they would for their category).  I support this act in PA.  I really think that "An Electric Storm" deserves a place here.  I'd say that that album has electronic, obviously, experimental and psych qualities as well as kind of avant pop qualities. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2010 at 07:03
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

It's been suggested many times in the past, and I've read that Progressive Electronic rejected it (and I can understand why they would for their category).  I support this act in PA.  I really think that "An Electric Storm" deserves a place here.  I'd say that that album has electronic, obviously, experimental and psych qualities as well as kind of avant pop qualities. 


Does this imply Eclectic? Tongue
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2010 at 11:19
Originally posted by harmonium.ro harmonium.ro wrote:

Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

It's been suggested many times in the past, and I've read that Progressive Electronic rejected it (and I can understand why they would for their category).  I support this act in PA.  I really think that "An Electric Storm" deserves a place here.  I'd say that that album has electronic, obviously, experimental and psych qualities as well as kind of avant pop qualities. 


Does this imply Eclectic? Tongue


Or Crossover for that album's art pop qualities (or avant pop as I phrased it before); however, White Noise released seven, I think, "studio" albums and I'm not really familiar with the rest of the discography (have heard some of the music).  The second, Concerto for Syntheizer, I would expect to be a worthy album for PA as well -- thaat being, as the title implies, more Electronic.  I've read it as being something of a cross between Zappa's instrumentals and  Klaus Schulze's early albums, albeit rather cheesy.  Considering many of the albums, one might have expected it to find a home in Electronic (the first I would see in an Art Rock sub -- Crossover or Eclectic).  Later music I've heard, as I recall, was quite techno.

I'd be fine with it in Eclectic, though I think Crossover might describe the act well.  It might be argued that Prog Related (or Proto Prog for the first) would be more suitable, but I'd like to see it in an art rock sub.

I can take it to Eclectic or Crossover for evaluation, but would like some more discussion first (though it's been discussed a lot in the past, and I could refer to those old threads which I haven't really read yet, but fresh discussion is more fun).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 20 2010 at 10:01
I certainly support White noise. I thought they were already in PA. Possibly Crossover or Prog Related due to the pop influences (although I'm only familiar with "Electric storm").
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 20 2010 at 11:35
I would favour this album for Proto Prog ...an experimental mix of pop and progressive electronic 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 20 2010 at 16:34
From an outsiders viewpoint the problem of fitting white noise to these random, arbitrary and conventionally based categories seems somewhat absurd. 

If white noise only made one 'prog' album - why not include just that one and care a little less about whether it is eclectic prog, crossover prog, proto-prog, progressive electronic, avant-pop, art rock, etc. - etc. -etc. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 20 2010 at 16:39
We can't introduce bands without assigning genres to them Geek
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 20 2010 at 16:40
It's because of the way the site is set up, though there has been much talk about having an album based category for acts with just one prog album.  Anyway, I'd also like to see the White Noise II album in PA.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 23 2012 at 12:53
Somewhat quietly and unannounced and after an unprecedented 9 separate suggestions threads (and never evaluated as far as I can tell) White Noise hare finally here.
 
 
 
 
 
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Edited by Dean - May 23 2012 at 12:53
What?
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