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Chris Fitzpatrick, Trevor Paglen

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Noisegate refers to two bands:

1: Noisegate (1996-1998) were an indie/electronic band based in Newcastle upon Tyne, influenced by Joy Division, Massive Attack and Radiohead. Personnel: Rob Maddison, Graeme Wood, Scott Hartop, Andy Davis, James Rusk


2: Noisegate began in 1995, when Trevor Paglen, Nicolas Lampert and Tae K Kim began to experiment with using timbre as a basis for a musical language. In November of 1995, Excavation Day was released. A tape-only release, limited to 500 copies, this is an early document of our development.

Barren Earth was released in the summer of 1996. At this point, Noisegate’s musical language had expanded to include a much wider range of textures, all of which were composed into one another. An early version of ‘Solar Eclipse’ was on this release.

In the fall of 1996, Noisegate embarked on their first major tour of the US, with filmmaker Laura Klein. Upon their return, Chris Fitzpatrick was enlisted to run sampler. The new lineup began work on the music which became the Towers Are Burning LP, released in 1998 by the One Hundred Years of Solitude label. After several tours supporting the LP, it was decided to record two more tracks, and release all four on Tumult and Legion as the Towers Are Burning CD.

After more touring, Chris Fitzpatrick and Trevor Paglen began work on Suspended Animation, where the new emphasis of the compositions were fluidity and subtlety. Suspended Animation was released in May 2000, and supported in the Summer of 2000 with a lengthy multimedia tour of the U.S., accompanied by filmmaker, Jon Frechette.

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