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Biography

There are two bands named The White Noise:

The White Noise is an American group from , Texas, currently based in , California. Formed in 2009 under the name Set the Sun by guitarist and vocalist David Southern and drummer Alex Summers.

In Early 2015, the newly christened band The White Noise signed to Fearless Records before releasing the single and music video Bloom, on August 13, (a hardcore punk piece). This style was then continued on to their next single Red Eye Lids released on October 21, and onto the release of their debut EP (under their new alias) 'Aren't You Glad?' on February 27, 2016 coinciding with the release of the EP's third music video, "Picture Day". The White Noise released their debut full-length album 'AM/PM' on June 23, 2017.

The White Noise's musical style has been described as post-hardcore, Melodic Hardcore, Punk Rock, Metalcore and as "an aggressive blend of punk rock and pop" by Sound Fiction.

(The) White Noise was an electronic music band formed in London, England in 1969 by American born David Vorhaus, a classical bass player with a background in both physics and electronic engineering. He was initially joined by BBC Radiophonic Workshop composers Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, both ex-members of electronic music project Unit Delta Plus (Subsequent White Noise albums were attributed to just David Vorhaus as a solo project).

In 1969 The White Noise released the groundbreaking album An Electric Storm on Island Records. The album was created using a variety of tape manipulation techniques, and is notable for its early use of the first British synthesizer, the EMS Synthi VCS3. Amongst many oddities, the first track on the album Love Without Sound employed speeded up tape edits of Vorhaus playing the double bass to create violin and cello sounds.

'I use voices a lot too, but not as conventional vocals. I always use a lot of voices, and if somebody having an orgasm in the background is used as part of one of the waveforms, it makes the sound more interesting, without the listener actually knowing what they're hearing.' Interview with David Vorhaus

Although not initially commercially successful for Island, it has over the years proved to be a cult classic, going on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide, namechecked by such contemporary artists as The Orb and Julian Cope, influencing such contemporary acts Broadcast, Add N to (X), and Secret Chiefs 3.

A brief extract from An Electric Storm can be heard in the Hammer Film Productions film Dracula AD 1972.

White Noise II-III

Following the departure of Derbyshire and Hodgson to other projects, Vorhaus released a second album, the largely instrumental White Noise II - Concerto for Synthesizer on Virgin Records in 1974. Typically dark in atmosphere, it was recorded in his own studio in Camden, North London. The album further utilized the ESM VCS3, as well as prototype sequencers.

A third album, the single track 'space fantasy' White Noise III - Re-Entry was released by Pulse Records in 1980. By this time the instrumentation had expanded to include synthesizers and a drum machine.

White Noise IV-V

A further two albums were released, the atmospheric White Noise IV - Inferno (AMP Records) (1990), which incorporated use of samples, and White Noise V - Sound Mind (2000) an experiment in what he calls Dark Ambient:

'It means I won't be getting on Top Of The Pops, but I felt the category was broad enough that I could redefine it in ways that I couldn't redefine other genres, such as country and western - much as I'd like to! There's a lot of scope for experimentation and on one track, 'Dark Matter', anything that is recognisable is out - no harmony, not pitch, no rhythm. It's so dark, you can't even see the stars!'

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