The Silent Revolution

Silent Noise Revolution

fragile piano on a bed of abstract noise

The Silent Revolution

Things I like to share about Silent Noise Revolution, and works of other people that I find inspiring and relevant to Silent Noise Revolution.

Silent Noise Revolution - Aug 2018

Connecting 2 different worlds:

piano & modular

I've been using piano and modular as 2 different worlds so far, looking for the contrast between abstract noise rhythms and the acoustic sound of a piano.

After a lot of searching, I'm getting close to the touch of magic I was looking for: sending piano sound to the modular, and create an interesting blend of textures thay goes along the piano.

I feel like a little boy with a new toy :-)

Silent Noise Revolution - April 2018

Designing new circuits

It is nice to design circuits with specific personal features.

This is going to be an LFO:  a Low Frequency Oscillator.

An LFO generates waves that are too slow to be heard.

I want an LFO to slowly change the behaviour of filters and noise. I already have 3 LFOs, but  this is one of my statements: you can not have too much LFOs!

Silent Noise Revolution - Mar 2018

Piano Day

Nil Frahm established the idea to call the 88th day of the year Piano Day. This is because a piano has 88 keys.

He started curating a playlist on Soundcloud in 2015, containing tracks that represent what I call the "Silent Revolution". This playlist was an epiphany to me.

Since I started Silent Noise Revolution early 2016, I had the chance to be in Nils Frahm's playlist in 2016, 2017. Yesterday I discovered that I'm also in the 2018 playlist.

Silent Noise Revolution - Feb 2018

Struck by a lighting

At the end of 2017, I felt like struck by a lightning: a strong power was pushing me to design and build my own modular synthesizer modules.

The learning curve is like the wall of a skyscraper, but lightings come from higher.

This is a part of a step sequencer. There are still a lot of challenges before it will be up and running. I did not put a deadline on the project, but I work on it at least 3 times a week.

The process of soldering everything together is very close to meditation: the required focus does not allow thinking of other things.

Of course, sometimes I get carried away by thoughts, which means that I need to undo and redo the work of several hours. 

Peter Vogel

Peter Vogel designed and created his own electronic circuits, without using circuit boards. He used straight wires to interconnect the legs and pins of electronic components, which resulted  into esthetic 3D structures, expressing the minimalistic sound they made.

Here you find a link to a documentary about Peter Vogel and his sound creations. Peter Vogel died in May 2017.


Silent Noise Revolution - Nov 2017

From The Sky - The making of

I was playing this old 78rpm record (Brahms op. 73 Symphony in D major)

at 33rpm, while reading a book about the universe.

At the end of the B-side, I heard the noise of the needle ticking in the end groove, and I was touched by the beauty of this simple rhythm.

I recorded it and used it as the background for "From The Sky".  (released July 2016)

Clicking the image plays the song on Spotify.

Nils Frahn & Olafar Arnalds

The 45 min movie about Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm's improvised audio recordings 'Trance Frendz'.

During this session at Durton Studio in Berlin last summer, Nils and Ólafur invited Alexander Schneider and his camera to document it. The recording continued long after the first take, stretching out into the next day until, eventually, several new improvisations had been recorded in 8 hours with no overdubs or edits.

Watch it here.

Silent Noise Revolution - Nov 2017

A Winter Night - the making of

The artwork of EP "A Winter Night" (released January 14, 2018) is about 20x30 cm. It's a combination of acryl paint, cut paper, ...

Of course this is not the final result, it is still in progress.

It is about being alone during a dark winter night. The views through the 3 windows show different moments in time. I still need to integrate a rocking chair and a bed into the scene.