absolute value of noise
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About N O W Archive

(Absolute Value of Noise is a sound artist from Vancouver. He creates radio, installations, network projects, performances, curatorial projects, and handmade CD editions.)

Recent Audio Releases + Installations

The Talking Tree a generative radio stream for Radio Art Zone, July 2022.


Key Clicks a generative radio stream for Art's Birthday 2022. Featuring a little machine made with a typewriter, cornet keys, and a flute.


Mechanical Velocities A generative radio stream for Art's Birthday 2021. By Absolute Value of Noise and Anna Friz.


Solar Radio / Embodied Radio Device An album featuring Absolute Value of Noise and Anna Friz.


Solar Radio an outdoor solar powered radio installation that streams when the sun is bright. It imitates the sounds of insects, birds, frogs, magnetic phenomena, the wind moving through the trees, rain falling, and waves on the ocean.


Tapeloping: 30th Anniversary radio stream a generative radio stream for Art's Birthday 2018 and the 30th Anniversary of Absolute Value of Noise. Featuring the sounds of many artists that I've worked with (or been inspired by) over the years.


Bio-electric Radio a collection of pieces from an outdoor installation featuring the sounds of bees and living circuitry. Most of the recordings were made in Halle at Radio Revolten in October 2016. (Released November 2016).


Current Connections

Various pieces on IFAR Musique Concrète compilations. Produced by Shaun Robert.
 · magnetism coils, released January 2, 2021.
 · Bubbles, released October 3, 2020.
 · 15 records with dirt and locked inner groove, released August 26, 2020.
 · shortwave silence, released July 10, 2020.
 · flexi scissor exacto, released February 12, 2020.

Crown XXI with Absolute Value of Noise and Roberto Paci Dalò. Performed live March 21, 2020 over the net for USMA Radio.

Muted Stories 3 on and/OAR. A compilation featuring sounds that are muffled, dampened, and somehow narrative. Released May 30, 2019.

No Other Possibility compilation on IFAR Musique Concrète. A compilation featuring odes to Negativland. Produced by Shaun Robert. Released July 30, 2018.

Homage for Heidi Grundmann - a collaborative network radio event with participants at Kunstradio in Vienna, ESC in Graz, Usmaradio in San Marino, and the ABC:V collective at the Western Front in Vancouver. Local Vancouver artists include: Deanne Achong, Hank Bull, Peter Courtemanche, Ann Friz, Igor Santizo, and Sarah Shamash. Deanne Achong's blog post about the event can be found here. Live event 1pm - 3pm PST July 1, 2018.



Solar Radio (an outdoor solar powered radio installation) is currently streaming when it is awake on NoiseartRadio.

NoiseartRadio - Solar Radio streams when the AI is awake.

Key Clicks streaming 24/7 on NoiseartRadio2, starting January 14, 2022.

NoiseartRadio2 - Key Clicks.


absolute value of insomnia - a four hour generative radio show - airs every Sunday morning from 2 am to 6 am on CITR FM 101.9 in Vancouver.




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