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,

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


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