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Art of Noise

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Art Of Noise are not a band. Never were.

They are an organisation, a distinctly non-rockist creative, post-modernist collective. Starting out as a mysterious, Trevor Horn led experimental studio outfit, the primary contributors to the adventure were Royal College Of Music graduate, Anne Dudley; producer/arranger J.J. Jeczalik and songwriter, instrumentalist and engineer/producer Gary Langan.

Ex-NME writer Paul Morley contributed ideas and delivered the bands non-image to the press and media. Horn himself had already tasted success on several different levels, beginning with The Camera Club, featuring the additional talents of Thomas Dolby and Geoff Downes. Horn and Downes then formed Buggles, who scored big with the prescient ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’, a global megahit in 1979. The duo then produced progressive rock giants Yes’ ‘Tormato’ album, before being invited to join the band. This was an uneasy marriage, not least of all for Yes’ conservative fanbase, and when Yes split in 1981, Downes joined guitarist Steve Howe’s new venture, Asia. Horn went on to achieve immortality as one of the most innovative and visionary British production talents of all time, but not before the Art Of Noise project.

It was 1983 that Art Of Noise were unleashed on an unsuspecting public, with the debut vinyl EP ‘Into Battle With Art Of Noise’ winning admirers from the then disparate worlds of the pop and dance markets. Dazzling production from Horn, (a year after ABC’s landmark ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ masterpiece, a year before the insane explosion that was Frankie Goes To Hollywood) lifted Art Of Noise above the pop pap of the day, creating a post-rock soundscape that melded hip-hop beats with studio trickery, tape-splicing and more than a little humour…

 

Art of Noise : releases

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Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise? (Deluxe CD + DVD Edition)

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Into Battle (Element Edition)

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Influence

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And What Have You Done With My Body, God?

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Reconstructed... For Your Listening Pleasure

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Reduction

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The Seduction Of Claude Debussy

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