The sonic sculptures in Studies for Thunder were created mainly by feeding short pulses of filtered noise into a complex network of granular delay lines. No natural recordings were used as source material - this is a completely artificial world. But, in a fascinating coincidence, I experienced more thunderstorms in Berlin during the realization of this project than ever before, the artificial storm took shape while I was listening to the actual storms outside my windows.
The photo on the cover was taken on February 1st, 2004 at Joshua Tree National Park
in California, right before an impressive thunderstorm
. When recording the first sounds for Signal to Noise
, I immediately remembered the color and atmosphere I had experienced at this magical place. I looked at the image again and again during the creation of this CD, and it became the guideline and inspiration for what had to be done musically.