Margaret Noble made her start as a DJ in Chicago, the vibrant birthplace of house music, but has since moved beyond the hypnotic four-on-the-floor scene and evolved into a talented conceptual sound artist based here in San Diego. Her compositions thus far have primarily been installations and performance pieces, often featuring accompanying visuals from a collaborating artist, but I’m pleased to announce that she is currently preparing to complete a studio recorded “soundscape remix” of George Orwell’s indelible political novel 1984.
Building from her original live performance of this work and inspired by Orwell’s seemingly endless relevance in regard to the State in the era of terrorism and our broader society, Noble has constructed Frakture by taking fragments from an original 1950s vinyl recording of a radio broadcast reading of the novel and melding them with a dense sound design of programmed electronics, vintage analogue synth, spoken word passages, and a myriad of field recordings. You can stream an excellent selection from this album, opening track “Safer is Better”, down below. Foreboding synthesized melodies, pulsating noise, percussive gallops, the distressing sounds of alarm sirens, stock exchange bells, protest mobs, and the subtle discomfort of looping camera flash charges come together with impressive effect as Noble sets the ominous tone of Frakture right at the outset.
However, in order to complete this piece, Margaret needs some additional funding. If you’d like to pledge your support — and I hope you would — you can head over to the Kickstarter page and donate at a level of your choosing. Your money will be used to help with the cost of mixing and mastering, pressing vinyl, art book publication, and more. Plus, all net proceeds from this project will be donated to Amnesty International, so you’ll be supporting two good causes here.
Look for Frakture to come out soon… sooner with your donation.
Buy: Donate to this project over at its Kickstarter page (at least $10 gets you a digital copy of the album).