An Electric Storm

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An Electric Storm
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1969
GenreElectronic, avant-pop[1]
Label Island
ProducerA Kaleidophon Production, David Vorhaus (production coordinator)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media(8.6/10) link

An Electric Storm is the debut album by electronic music group White Noise. The band recorded the first two tracks with the intention of producing a single only, but were then persuaded by Chris Blackwell of Island Records to create an entire album. At this point the group had established the Kaleidophon Studio in a flat in Camden Town, London, and spent a year creating the next four tracks.[2] The last track was put together in one day when Island demanded the completion of the album.[3] Although not very successful on its initial release, the album is now considered an important and influential album in the development of electronic music.[4][2]

A brief extract from the track "The Black Mass: An Electric Storm in Hell" can be heard in the Hammer Film Productions film Dracula AD 1972.

Track listing[edit]


1."Love without Sound"Delia Derbyshire, David Vorhaus3:07
2."My Game of Loving"Duncan, Vorhaus4:10
3."Here Come the Fleas"McDonald, Vorhaus2:15
4."Firebird"Derbyshire, Vorhaus3:05
5."Your Hidden Dreams"McDonald, Vorhaus4:58


6."The Visitation"McDonald, Vorhaus11:14
7."Black Mass: An Electric Storm in Hell"White Noise (Duncan, Derbyshire, Vorhaus, Lytton, Hodgson[5])7:22


The following people contributed to An Electric Storm:[6]

  • Kaleidophon – production
  • David Vorhaus – production co-ordinator
  • Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson – electronic sound realisation
  • Paul Lytton – percussion
  • John Whitman, Annie Bird, Val Shaw – vocals


  • June 1969 - LP, Island Records, catalog number ILPS 9099
  • 27 March 1995[7] - CD, "3D Island" label, Island Records, 3DCID 1001; deleted 1996[8]
  • 9 July 2007[9] - CD re-released, Island Remasters


  1. ^ McNamee, David (19 January 2009). "The Best Of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop On One Side Of A C90". The Quietus.
  2. ^ a b Pattison, Louis (2007). "White Noise - An Electric Storm". BBC.
  3. ^ An Electric Storm, sleeve notes, 1995 CD version, 3DCID 1001, Island Records
  4. ^ "The 50 Most Influential Dance Music Albums of All Time". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  5. ^ White Noise: An Electric Storm (Island, 2007)
  6. ^ An Electric Storm - Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved 27 June 2011
  7. ^ An Electric Storm,
  8. ^ An Electric Storm, review at Groove Unlimited
  9. ^ An Electric Storm, CD Universe product information

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