1 Signal to Noise I 22:57
2 Signal to Noise II 09:31
3 Studies for Thunder 21:26

imbalance computer music | ICM 05 | october 2004

CD album

One of my favorite 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 achieve 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, I experienced more thunderstorms in Berlin during the realization of this project than ever before, so that the artificial storm took shape while I was listening to the actual storms outside my 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, I immediately remembered the color and atmosphere I had experienced at this magical place. I 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.

Recorded Mai 2004 in Berlin. Processed and deconstructed till June 2004.

I reshaped Studies for Thunder into a 30 minute eight channel concert version.