March 31st, 2014 · 4 Comments · By

White Noise // An Electric Storm (Island Records, 1969)

I would like to pay homage today to an album enshrined as one of my all time favorites, which I spent years seeking for my personal collection, and which has now spent 4 months on my wall (for sale) without finding a home. This is admittedly a strange record, one you might have difficulty believing was conceived 45 years ago by two technicians with a ‘keen’ interest in rare sound and a scientist with a ‘solid’ musical background. For months, the three members of this group painstakingly built an orgy of sound using all manner of electronic hacking, tinkering and sonic collage. The result, though iconoclastic, wasn’t particularly abstract or overly avant grade like many electronic musical pioneers, but rather like stylistically-manipulated pop music. Of course, the album wasn’t a resounding success and remained largely underground (must still be today if we’re judging by it’s popularity on my wall), however it largely inspired the likes of Olivia Tremor Control, Air, Pram and even … Prince.


Ed. Note: Melody Supreme, located at 115 4th St. SE off the Downtown Mall, is Charlottesville’s best record store. The owner Gwen Berthy has impeccable taste and a curatorial hunger matched by few. One of my favorite parts of the store is Gwen’s handwritten notes on records. Le DISQUE DU LUNDI is Gwen’s online version of those recommendation gems–posted on Nailgun and available for purchase at Melody Supreme.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 james // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

    a classic!

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    that’s fine!

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