The Seventh Wave Festival of Electronic Music: Number 7 (14th – 16th June)
The Seventh Wave presents
White Noise – a Fifty Years Celebration of An Electric Storm & Other Sonic Adventures
Voyd – live set / White Noise – live set / White Noise – talk and q&a
Friday 14 June 2019.
Doors 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm.
White Noise – An Electric Storm – Review
When White Noise’s debut album, An Electric Storm, landed on Island Records in 1969, it must have sounded like nothing else. Packaged in a striking black and white sleeve that pictured a spark of lightning streaking across a black sky, this was an album that – quite rightly as it turned out – resembled as much a scientific experiment as any conventional musical document.
White Noise came into being when David Vorhaus, an American electronics student with a passion for experimental sound and classical music attended a lecture by Delia Derbyshire, a sound scientist at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop whose claim to fame was writing the original Doctor Who theme tune. With the help of fellow Radiophonic Workshop composer Brian Hodgeson, Vorhaus and Derbyshire hunkered down at Kaleidophon Studios in Camden to pen an album that reconciled pop music with the experimental avant-garde. The result is a set of eerie, delightful songs that, for all their surface simplicity, shimmer with vestigial synthesiser swells, strange echoes, disembodied voices, and distant music-box trills.
Outside of a few equally adventurous ’60s releases – the debut album from US psychedelic pioneers The United States Of America, for instance – this is pretty much uncharted territory, particularly for a major label release. On ”My Game Of Loving”, a dozen multi-tracked voices built to a panting orgasm, while the closing ”Black Mass An Electric Storm In Hell” ushers the record to a freeform close in a clatter of freeform drums, cavernous echo and chilling, animalistic screams. Perhaps unsurprisingly, An Electric Storm would struggle to find an audience on its release, and in the following years, great leaps in synthesiser technology somewhat diminished White Noise’s experimental achievements. One thing that would remain timeless, however, were the songs themselves. An Electric Storm would later become a key inspiration on bands like Add (N) To X and Broadcast, synthesiser explorers who picked through these primitive, vestigial sound experiments, took careful notes, and eventually, set out to craft their own futuristic pop lullabies.
Toby Marks and Andrew Heath Present Motion: Travels in Sound
Toby Marks solo set / Andrew Heath solo set / Talk about the album / Motion live
Saturday 15 June 2019.
Doors 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm.
‘Motion’ is a new collaborative album from established sound artists, Toby Marks and Andrew Heath. Four immersive soundscapes were created and compiled featuring field recordings from recent trips to the North, South, East and West of Britain. Each trip took as its theme a particular form of transport which, in addition to other environmental sounds from those areas, were processed and transformed, blending piano, guitars and electronics to produce a deeply meditative, endlessly unfolding collection. Sometimes evoking images of machinery, sometimes of nature, the pieces flow and twist, at all times maintaining a humanity and sense of personal experience at their core.
An Evening With ‘The Black Dog’
Sunday 16 June 2019.
Doors 6.30 to 10.00 pm.
The Black Dog
But what if music loves you? Looking back – and forward – at The Black Dog, that’s the feeling you get: The beauty, and sophistication, of The Black Dog’s work doesn’t come from their being music lovers who are really good at making tracks. It comes from music itself loving them, making them an outlet for itself. That’s why The Black Dog don’t play industry games. They don’t need to.
The Black Dog are universally respected, not least for their classic Bytes, Spanners and Radio Scarecrow albums, which literally created new fields of music. With new personnel added to the line up, we now see output that is stronger and darker. They form new links in the chain of ideas and rhythm between dance music and older forms. The Black Dog’s innovation is grounded in previous generations of artists and musicians, to the beats, the Bohemians, and further back.
Yet their music appeals to a huge spectrum of people. Famously reticent of the press and other apparatus of the industry, The Black Dog on record evoke a curious bitter sweetness, at once tender and distant, while delivering incredible rhythmic inventiveness. Some call it „intelligent”, and it is, but the word denies the music’s visceral, overpowering sensuousness.
Tickets for all shows are available at the link below.