Signal to Noise Ratio
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Signal to Noise Ratio is often labeled as a progressive or psychedelic rock band. The musicians themselves locate their works “somewhere between contemporary art music and rock underground”.Read More...
The band involves three people: Maria Białota (keyboards, vocals), Przemysław Piłaciński (guitar, programming, vocals) and Adam “Izaak” Wasążnik (drums, vocals).
The songs of SNR are usually characterized by latitude of form varying from one concert to another and include a great number of improvised passages. While listening to the compositions of the group, one can easily find the traces of psychedelic ambience and ethnic music. The band is constantly looking for unconventional music solutions. Its original sound resonates with the roughness of late 1960s rock and is characterized by prominent parts of old analog synthesizers.
SNR's early works were released in 2008 by the Russian label MALS Records on the CD titled Stan nieustalony. For some time the band has been working on the concept album Mitologia epoki maszyn. A preview demo featuring early versions of three tracks from the album was released in 2010.
In February 2013, while still working on Mitologia epoki maszyn, the band is publishing a second release. This new album, titled Work in Progress is being recorded and released track by track in the Pay What You Want system. The track list will be closed by the end of the year and if the funds allow, the complete record will be released on a physical medium.
Signal to Noise Ratio’s activities are not musical-only. Sometimes their gigs are accompanied by visuals, the band illustrated the opening of the contemporary art exhibition Punkty odniesienia in the National Museum in Warsaw as well as prepared a soundtrack played live to The Phantom Carriage silent film.
The band's full history
The band was formed in 2003 in Warsaw, Poland. In the beggining the line up included two guitars, bass guitar, synthesizer, drums and vocals. In December 2003 they recorded a demo album.
On the second demo (may 2004) one of the guitars was replaced by the flute. The demo was positively reviewed by most of progressive rock magazines around the world.
After many line-up changes, in January 2006 SNR constituted a trio (keyboards/vocals, guitar/programming/vocals, drums/vocals). Since then more electronics (sequencers, synth basses) have appeared. In December 2006 the band recorded an EP called Stan nieustalony. The material from both Stan nieustalony EP and Demo II was released in 2008 as Stan nieustalony LP by MALS progressive rock label.
In 2010, the band released Demo 2010 being a three-track preview of early versions of the songs from an upcoming concept album Mitologia epoki maszyn.
Currently the band is still recording Mitologia epoki maszyn as well as releasing track-by-track an album Work in Progress.
Demo II (2004)
Stan nieustalony EP(2006)
Stan nieustalony (2008, MALS Records)
Demo 2010 (2010)
Work in Progress (2013)
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