The white noise: an audio feature in stereophonic hell

David Butler (Producer)

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The White Noise: An Audio Feature in Stereophonic Hell is a collage of audio arranged and edited by David Butler with video by Andrea Pazos produced for Delia Derbyshire Day 2019 which honoured the 50th anniversary of "An Electric Storm" by White Noise (Island Records, 1969). The feature premiered at Delia Derbyshire Day 2019's showcase events - at Spirit Studios, Manchester on 23 November followed by the British Library, London on 30 November - before being made available to the wider public through YouTube on 20 December 2019.

The feature is made in the spirit of the four 'Inventions for Radio', which Delia Derbyshire collaborated on with the dramatist Barry Bermange across 1963-1965.

The piece is an attempt to illustrate with sounds and voices the story of White Noise's album An Electric Storm – how the album came to be made, its distinctive qualities, cultural significance and ongoing influence on artists today.

All the voices were recorded from life and arranged in a setting of radiophonic sound in twelve movements.

Drawing on music and sound design by Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson and David Vorhaus from the Kaleidophon years when An Electric Storm was made and released, the feature includes interviews with Ian Campbell, Chris Carter, Ian Heliwell, Suzy Mangion, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Adrian Utley, Martyn Ware and Mandy Wigby as well as an original arrangement and performance of 'Firebird' by Morris Clarke.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDelia Derbyshire Day
Media of outputOnline
Size23 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2019


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