Room temperature: Fingers In The Noise

Most of what I listen to while putting in the writing hours is instrumental or experimental, and therefore not particularly mainstream. It would be too distracting. I don’t want to hear lyrics that send me on a different train of thought, or massive choruses that get me singing along. It’s hard to find a way back from that.

This often makes finding information about an artist quite difficult. And ‘Fingers in the Noise’ is no exception – extensive internet searching threw up only scraps about his background, mainly via his Facebook page and Wikipedia.

In a nutshell, Fingers in the Noise is the recording name of Laurent Bisch, an ambient electronic producer from France. Formerly something of a party-goer, in 2009 he settled into a more peaceful life with his wife and children, devoting his free time to composing music. He is also a keen photographer. And he likes to cook.

As is so often the case, I discovered his work on LastFM, and after downloading a few free tracks, went on to buy the Smoothbox album/EP – proof, my writing friends, that freebies or samples can work. I believe he’s also just released a Best Of compilation, so no doubt I’ll be saying goodbye to a few more pennies. In a minute, probably.

I often return to Smoothbox when I want something that is quietly melodic, but also with percussive elements, rather than simply atmospheric/ambient. It’s uplifting, it’s catchy, and has got me out of a writing rut on more than one occasion. A bit like a classy bottle of French wine, if you’ll excuse the very obvious metaphor.

And that’s all I have. If anyone can provide more info, send it my way.

In the meantime, check out Fingers in the Noise on SoundCloud, MySpace and LastFM, or at his own website, www.fingersinthenoise.com

Recommended tracks: Noctambulatoire; Vent du Nord; Today It’s Raining Noise

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