Art of Noise

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Art of Noise (also The Art of Noise) were an English avant-garde synthpop group formed in early 1983 by engineer/producer Gary Langan and programmer J. J. Jeczalik, along with arranger Anne Dudley, producer Trevor Horn and music journalist Paul Morley. The group had international Top 20 hits with "Kiss" and the instrumental "Peter Gunn", which won a 1986 Grammy Award.

The group's mostly instrumental compositions were novel melodic sound collages based on digital sampler technology, which was new at the time. Inspired by turn-of-the-20th-century revolutions in music, the Art of Noise were initially packaged as a faceless anti- or non-group, blurring the distinction between the art and its creators. The band is noted for innovative use of electronics and computers in pop music and particularly for innovative use of sampling. From the earliest releases on ZTT, the band referred to itself as both Art of Noise and The Art of Noise. Official and unofficial releases and press material use both versions.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Into Battle With the Art of Noise Art of Noise 5
1984 (Who’s Afraid Of?) The Art of Noise! Art of Noise 13
1986 In Visible Silence Art of Noise 9
1987 In No Sense? Nonsense! Art of Noise 4 7
1989 Below the Waste Art of Noise 2
1999 The Seduction of Claude Debussy Art of Noise 5 5
2000 Reduction Art of Noise 2
2015 At the End of a Century Art of Noise 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Daft Art of Noise 5 9
1992 The Best of the Art of Noise Art of Noise 11
1992 The Best of the Art of Noise: The Art of Love Art of Noise 1
2004 Reconstructed (For Your Listening Pleasure) Art of Noise 1
2006 And What Have You Done With My Body, God? Art of Noise 2
2010 Influence: Hits, Singles, Moments, Treasures Art of Noise 1
2013 The Best Of Art of Noise 1
Beauty of the Incidental Art of Noise 1

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Best of the Art of Noise: Art Works Art of Noise 5 7

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Re-works of Art of Noise Art of Noise 3
1990 The Ambient Collection Art of Noise 5
1991 The FON Mixes Art of Noise 6
1996 The Drum and Bass Collection Art of Noise 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Beat Box Art of Noise 3
1984 Close (To the Edit) Art of Noise 1
1984 Close-Up The Art of Noise 2
1985 Moments in Love Art of Noise 5 10
1985 Legs Art of Noise 2
1986 Paranoimia Art of Noise 4
1986 Peter Gunn Art of Noise 4
1987 Dragnet Art of Noise 2
1988 Kiss Art of Noise 7
1989 Yebo! Art of Noise 2
1990 Art of Love Art of Noise 1
1992 Shades of Paranoimia Art of Noise 2
1992 Instruments of Darkness (The Prodigy Mix) Art of Noise 1
1999 Metaforce Art of Noise 2

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