NOISE Orchestra are sound artists Vicky Clarke and David Birchall; we use light, analogue electronics, turntables and graphical scores to turn images and objects into NOISE; a process called graphical sound. We are interested in the exploration and interplay of light, materials and sound and our practice operates at the intersection of art, experimental music and technology.
We are inspired by the radical spirit of the 1920s Russian avante garde artists including Arseny Avraamov the inventor of graphical sound and ultrachromatism and the noise machines of Evgeny Sholpo and Leon Theremin. In 2015 we undertook a research trip to Moscow to meet author of ‘Sound in Z’ Professor Andrey Smirnov, Director of the Theremin Centre and learn about these artists working at the dawn of synthesised/electronic music and imagining a future utopia after the Revolution.
NOISE Orchestra were artists in residence at the National Media Museum, with our project ‘Play the Collections’ (part of Light Fantastic UNESCO Year of Light 2015) where we built Theremin circuits and graphical scores inspired by the archive collections of the nations’ photographic and cinematographic objects and images and perfomed these in a live light and sound show.
We are currently developing new noise machines and an exciting new colour-sound installation as part of the Madlab Arts+Tech Creative accelerator funded by Arts Council England and Innovate UK.
We love noise.