Thursday, November 16, 2006

White Noise-An electric storm (1968-Electronic/Experimental/Psychedelic)

Welcome to the world of the frequency shifter, signal generator and azimuth co-ordinator. A world that existed before the dawn of the synthesizer, when a 'sample'was a length of recording tape delicately and skillfully spliced in place. The 1968 "White Noise -- An Electric Storm"LP became the holy grail amongst collectors of 'Science Dimension' music, a staple ingredient for lovers of cosmic electronic space-rock. White Noise was really one David Vorhaus (b,sc,dip.elec) American born, son of a black-listed film director. He avoided the draft by coming to the UK. Later he became a post graduate doing an electronics degree at the Northern Poly whilst studying classical music playing the double bass. After having attended a lecture by the group Unit Delta Plus, Vorhaus was compelled to combine his love of music with his scientific background and start making his own music. At the time Unit Delta Plus were Brian Hodgson and Delie Derbyshire who were persuaded to collaborate with Vorhaus on his early recordings whilst they continued their day jobs at the BBC's radio phonic workshop, itself a shrine to new electronic music and birthplace of the famous Dr. Who theme. After recording two tracks on a six-revox set up all synchronised by one remote control, (i.e. the mains on/off switch), Vorhaus found himslef introduced by chance to Island Records' Chris Blackwell. Chris was so captivated by the white noise experience that he shunned their appeal for a one-off singles deal and demanded that they do a whole album of material. An instant cheque for £3,000 quenched their fears about not earning a quick buck through a hit single and our band of merry pranksters set about building theur own sonic laboratiry in London's Camden Town out of 'borrowed' gear, home made gizmos and equipment more assiciated with a scince lab than a recording studio. 'Songs' took ages to build, each note being a compilation of various tape edits painstakingly stuck together. After a year Island Records became nervous and demanded a conclusion in a matter of days which, luckily, White Noise managed to pull off. The album was released in a total vacuum. Vorhaus played no gigs and did no interviews. Word of mouth over many years caused this album to sell tens of thousands of records. Like stablemates Art and Nirvana, this album remained on catalogue deep into the seventies and became the hit of many a bedroom and sicth form commonroom. Five years after its release Vorhaus made a second album on Virgin and a third in 1980 for the Pulse label. He continues to make music, a good deal for film and television work, and threatens a new album for the nineties. One album per decade is hardly a Prince-like output but when the quality is this high does it really matter?

Weird Psychedelic-Electronic-Experimental Rock, you have to try it.
Its not for anyone, but deserves a listen. It's really something different.



Blogger βλαχάκι (το) said...

awesome LP, really love it!
i put recently a link for the song
"the visitation" on my blog.
keep it up :)

3:11 AM  
Blogger cinematographer said...

really nice blog you have here!
any chance of re-upping the elyse album? i've been wanting to check that one out for a long time.
keep up the great bloging,

12:13 AM  
Blogger Vlasdance said...

Hello my friend..
So much work lately i dont have time to post..
but i will try it this weekend..
Somebody deleted this..
first time someone deletes one of my posts..
i will try re-post it soon anyway..
maybe in other site..sendspace or something

1:18 AM  
Blogger tony said...

The white noise machines make a noise that looks as if the air is speeding up, or it sounds occasionally just like a ceiling fan appropriate on extremely higher velocity.

4:53 AM  

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