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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 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.
You can listen to this album on Bandcamp
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 images that go with the tracks are all taken in the optics lab. Most of them are film plates from a laser diffusion setup. One of them is a plate shot made from a piece of holographic film.