The White Noise: An Audio Feature in Stereophonic Hell
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). This feature is made in the spirit of the four ‘Inventions for Radio’, which Delia Derbyshire collaborated on with the dramatist Barry Bermange.
This 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.
The groundbreaking White Noise album, An Electric Storm, is celebrated this Saturday at The British Library.
Organised by our friends at Delia Derbyshire Day, there are a series of events planned throughout the day, including a contribution from Delia’s bandmates Brian Hodgson and David Vorhaus.
The day will also include a special screening of a 20 minute audio feature produced by Lead Researcher and Curator of the Delia audio archive in Manchester, David Butler. This includes contributions from Adrian Utley (Portishead), Martyn Ware (The Human League, BEF, Heaven 17), Chris+Cosey (Throbbing Gristle), and our own Ian Campbell.
Born out of the ashes of Unit Delta Plus, White Noise formed when Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson met and started to work with David Vorhaus. Sessions held late at night in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in Maida Vale eventually gave birth to the seminal album, An Electric Storm.
A true electronic music pioneer and innovator, David has continued his unique musical journey with further White Noise releases over the years, and is now joined in White Noiseby fellow sound artist Mike Painter.
White Noise will be playing some tracks from An Electric Storm, along with more contemporary pieces. The perfect way to celebrate Delia’s birthday.