Republic of the Southern Cross

by Absolute Value of Noise

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This is a collection of pieces created with my ELF (extremely low frequency radiation) rig. I mix the sounds of the ambient environment with broadcasts from two ELF transmitters. Some of my fans have compared these pieces to science fiction soundtracks. The sounds aren't as clean as the feedback in "Forbidden Planet" or the Theremin in the original "Star Trek" series. I like to think of the ELF noise as the soundtrack for something more gritty - perhaps "Solaris", or Valeri Briusov's "The Republic of the Southern Cross" (written in 1907) - a story about a fictitious and doomed social democracy located at the South Pole.

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released May 13, 2014

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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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