Asthmatic Kitty Records

Library Catalog Music Series

Effacer: Music for Noise Reduction

Catalog: AKR217 • Cover Art: David Stith
Release date: April 24, 2012

This album was inspired by the commercial work Effacer does in audio mastering. Effacer figured that different noise reduction processes and audio restoration tools that are usually used to remove clicks/noises from tracks could be used to exaggerate different effects in my music. He started taking a sound with reverb, then use the dry version of that same sound, minus the reverb, and use that as the noise print for the noise reduction algorithm.  Thus by removing the source sound, a ghostly sound (reverb) would be left behind. Effacer came up with a formula for this to create further sounds and textures: (source sound + effect) – (source sound) = artifact of effect. By putting these sounds together into tracks, add several years, and these experiments resulted in an album.

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