Frakture, 2010

Experimental composer Margaret Noble remixes themes from George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984 with modern media clips, text readings, melodic noise and electronic beats. This project features soundscapes produced from political promos, newsreel media and urban city recordings. Striking voices and jolting sounds merge together with an original vinyl recording of the novel adapted from a 1950’s radio broadcast. Samples used include: health care protests, water boarding simulation, political propaganda, city emergency alarms, public surveillance cameras, CIA agents, the NYSE stock exchange and the moments after an air strike. The result is a narrative and experimental music work that pulls the listener along a bumpy ride of humor, satire and challenging media.

Noble created and presented Frakture as a solo sound performance and recording in 2010. Frakture has since become part of the Radius radio archive and was featured in their programming for the Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2017. Margaret Noble’s feature track Safer is Better  was the first-place winner of the Musicworks 2013 Electronic Music Composition Contest. Read interview and listen here.

Frakture is now a limited edition vinyl record and art book.

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Credits:
Visual Collaboration and Graphic Design: Daniel Hicks
Audio Engineer: Robert Mason