White Noise

Posters and moving image visuals for White Noise—an experimental sound event at the Royal College of Art.

In experimental sciences, noise can refer to any random fluctuations of data that hinders perception of a signal. Starting with a simple piece of typography, ‘noise’ was added by applying different distortions to the letterforms. Distorted lock-ups were then layered in pairs to add to the sense of noise, and to increase visual impact.

Performers at White Noise often use home-made or hacked instruments. To reflect this the posters were ‘printed’ by hacking a vinyl cutter and by replacing the blade with a white pen, effectively turning it into a drawing-machine and producing more than 20 different poster variations.

Visuals for the event itself are much less frenetic – individual letters would very slowly distort, unravel and reform so slowly that it was almost hypnotic to watch the gentle movement.