“This could end up as the weirdest track ever…”
Brilliant producer and musician Labrinth has partnered up with Sennheiser to launch the Project Noise campaign. The idea is to crowdsource everyday sounds from across the UK, have these noises uploaded to the cloud, then sit back and wait for Lab to create an experimental, unique and original track with what he finds there.
The piece itself will arrive later this year and the very first of these noises were collected this week, but Lab is already talking about the wide quantity and variety of found sounds he needs to make something truly special.
“I want all the ingredients to blend together to make a massive record,” he told us. “It’s a futuristic idea.”
So what exactly are you looking for?
We want to collect any type of sound, from restaurant noise, to London weather, to the sound of your mum screaming at you to get up in the morning! We want all the ingredients to make a massive record. I’ll put it on my album if it’s good enough!
What’s the most unusual noises you’ve ever used on recording?
Well, as a kid my hands were really dry and I would rub them together to make the sound of a shaker. That was quite odd. I’ve also hit a CD case with a pencil to make a snare drum sound. I’ll try anything – that’s why this project’s so exciting. It might all be codswallop, it might be the some madness! That’s why I love it, I genuinely have no idea what’s going to turn up. This could end up as the weirdest track ever.
Do you feel that sense of experimentation has been missing in music?
I think it has been, yeah. For the past year or so I’ve been getting really into synthesizers and all about getting my hands on totally new sounds. I like to take the time to use raw air and raw sounds because I know that will make something new – something on another level. I know people who feel everything’s been done, that it’s hard to go to another level, so some of them just relax. They think, well, Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Wonder or Quincy Jones or The Beatles have done everything already! But I’m not like that, I want to use natural and random sounds.
What was the last shocking piece of music you heard?
Probably the Justice album – they used a lot of compression and brought out the dirty, ugly sounds out of their synths. But I like a lot of old school stuff. I’m listening to a lot of David Axelrod at the moment – he basically invented hip-hop. I’m a real vintage guy, that’s what takes my head off. Those guys went mad, they lost their minds trying to make music, they’d hit a table every day until they found exactly the right tone, now you just go online and someone will tell you. But there are still innovators, still people who still want to make fresh music and make history, but it’s not as prominent as it should be.
If you were going to upload a noise, what would it be?
Well I like white noise, that proper, aggressive, percussive sounding white noise. You filter it and it sounds cool, like you’re hitting a huge metal pan. I love very sci-fi sounds too, anything that sounds like a theremin – i want to make love to that sound. I love industrial things too – big, clanging, metal sounds – you can hear that on my records. There are amazing sounds all over the world. I’m going to get as innovative as possible with Project Noise…
For more information on how you can contribute to Project Noise, head to https://www.facebook.com/SennheiserUK