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Hurt your precious ears the old-school way with this vintage Noiseart Radio from the late 1980s. Alignment is the first body of work produced by Absolute Value of Noise. Based mostly on recordings of ambient outdoor soundscapes, these tracks were processed live on-air using cassette-head feedback. The sounds were pushed just to the limit of feedback but not beyond to create intense distortion. Alignment and Scraping the Foundations use the sounds of collapsing buildings and demolition machinery. Live Radio Alignment uses spinning vinyl and shortwave radio. Realignment uses a washing machine. Noise Speaker is entirely hand-spun vinyl LPs. The tracks were performed live on-air at CiTR FM 101.9 and at the Noise Studio, Vancouver. Special thanks to Brian Charles for the invention of the name ("absolute value of noise") and the source tape (pre distortion) for the first version of Alignment.

The tracks were remastered and released on CD in 2004.


released July 1, 2004


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absolute value of noise Vancouver, British Columbia

Influenced by Merzbow, the Haters, Negativland and other denizens of noise-art culture, Absolute Value of Noise takes sound to the extreme. The artist likes to work with "gadgetry" - custom turntables, lamp filaments, wire coils, high voltage ionizers, robots, feedback systems, magnetic transmitters and receivers - to create both intense collages and minimal sonic threads. ... more

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