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White Noise


Progressive Electronic

4.03 | 75 ratings

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4 stars White Noise's first album as a collaboration between producer and effects wizard David Vorhaus and the electronic wizards Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson of the famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Derbyshire is mostly famous for being the composer of the iconic Doctor Who theme music, and the Radiophonic Workshop's electronic hums and buzzes not only defined the sound of television science fiction in the UK for decades but, both through influencing young musicians and through side projects like this, made major contributions to the development of electronic music in general.

The album forms a strange bridge between the psychedelic pop of the era (particularly with the short-form pieces on side one) and the improvisational freakouts of the early Krautrock scene - just listen to Visitation and Black Mass and then tell me you can't hear the seeds of, say, Brainticket's Cottonwoodhill. Emerging in 1969. it's a startlingly ahead-of- its-time release that deserves a reappraisal in retrospect. Numerous electronic jam sessions from the likes of Tangerine Dream or Ash Ra Tempel or Cosmic Jokers would come on the heels of this release - but precious few would exceed the standard set here.

Warthur | 4/5 |


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