Signal to Noise

Label
imbalance computer music
Release date
1 Nov 2004
Running length
3 tracks
Running time
53:44

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Signal to Noise I 22:53 2,385
2 Signal to Noise II 9:30 3,491
3 Studies for Thunder 21:21 2,182

About this album

One of Henke’s favourite instruments, the Yamaha SY77, can produce timbres that slowly change and mutate via FM synthesis, and recordings of these sounds formed the basis for what was to evolve into “Signal to Noise”. The recordings mainly consisted of harmonic droning, so he found them to be a bit boring after extensive listening. He began filtering, pitch-shifting and processing the material using granular resynthesis, aiming to achive erosion and diffusion of the sound while preserve some of the original movements. The signal became the noise.

The sonic sculptures in “Studies for Thunder” were created mainly by feeding short pulses of filtered noise into a complex network of granular delay lines. No natural recordings were used as source material - this is a completely artificial world. But, in a fascinating coincidence, Henke experienced more thunderstorms in Berlin during the realization of this project than ever before, so that the artificial storm took shape while he was listening to the actual storms outside his windows.

The photo on the cover was taken on February 1st, 2004 at Joshua Tree National Park in California, right before an impressive thunderstorm. When recording the first sounds for “Signal to Noise”, Henke immediately remembered the color and atmosphere he had experienced at this magical place. He looked at the image again and again during the creation of this CD, and it became the guideline and inspiration for what had to be done musically.

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  • vspace

    "One of my favourite instruments, the Yamaha SY77 can produce timbres that slowly change and mutate via FM synthesis, and recordings of these sounds formed the basis for what was to evolve into Signal to Noise. The recordings mainly consisted of harmonic droning, so I found them to be a bit boring after extensive listening. I began filtering, pitch-shifting and processing the material using granular resynthesis, aiming to achive erosion and diffusion of the sound while preserve some of the original movements. The signal became the noise. The sonic sculptures in Studies for Thunder were created mainly by feedig short pulses of filtered noise into a complex network of granular delay lines. No natural recordings were used as source material - this is a completely artificial world." - Robert Henke

    5 Jan 2011 Reply
  • lukeso

    this has been with me for past 6 months. delicious!

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • XXITheWorld

    This album is great

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • rogj

    yeah!

    15 Mar 2007 Reply

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