The Art Of Noise ‎– Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise

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A Time To Hear
A Time For Fear (Who's Afraid) 4:43
Beat Box (Diversion One) 8:33
Snapshot 1:00
Close (To The Edit) 5:37
Who's Listening
Who's Afraid (Of The Art Of Noise) 4:22
Moments In Love 10:17
Memento 2:14
How To Kill 2:44
Realization 1:41

Versions (55)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZTTIQ2, ZTTIQ 2 The Art Of Noise Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise(LP, Album) ZTT, ZTT ZTTIQ2, ZTTIQ 2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
ZTTIK 72 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(Cass, Album, RE, Cle) ZTT, Island Records ZTTIK 72 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
CIDM-90179 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(CD, Album) Island Records CIDM-90179 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
D-406492, ZTTIQ2 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(Cass, Album) Island Records, ZTT D-406492, ZTTIQ2 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
ZTTIK 72 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(Cass, Album, Ora) ZTT, Island Records ZTTIK 72 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
ZTTIQ 2 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album) ZTT ZTTIQ 2 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
206 492 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album) Island Records, ZTT 206 492 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
ZTTIQ-2 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album) Island Records, ZTT ZTTIQ-2 Scandinavia 1984 Sell This Version
25SI-248 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar 25SI-248 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
206 492, 206 492-320 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album) Island Records, ZTT 206 492, 206 492-320 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
7 90179-1, 90179-1 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album, Ltd, Red) Island Records, Island Records 7 90179-1, 90179-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
ISLC-90179 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(Cass, Album) Island Records ISLC-90179 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
90179-4 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(Cass, Album, AR) Island Records 90179-4 US 1984 Sell This Version
90179-4 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(Cass, Album, SR,) Island Records 90179-4 US 1984 Sell This Version
206 492-620, 206 492 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 206 492-620, 206 492 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
ISL 90179 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album) Island Records ISL 90179 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
822 984-1 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album) Island Records 822 984-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
L 38284 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album) ZTT, Island Records L 38284 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
ISL 90179 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album) Island Records ISL 90179 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
71400 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album) Island Records 71400 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
90179-1 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album, Bla) Island Records 90179-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
90179-1 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album, Blu) Island Records 90179-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
7 90179-1, 90179-1 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album, Red) Island Records, Island Records 7 90179-1, 90179-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
7 90179-1, 90179-1 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album, Red) Island Records, Island Records 7 90179-1, 90179-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
ZCIQ 2 The Art Of Noise Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise(Cass) ZTT ZCIQ 2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
ZCIQ 2 The Art Of Noise Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise(Cass, Album) ZTT ZCIQ 2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
L 38284, ZTIQ2, ZTTIQ 2 The Art Of Noise Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise(LP) Island Records, Festival Records, ZTT, ZTT L 38284, ZTIQ2, ZTTIQ 2 Australia & New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
D-406 492 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(Cass, Album) Ariola Eurodisc S.A. D-406 492 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
I-206.492, ZTTIQ2 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album) Island Records, ZTT I-206.492, ZTTIQ2 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
I-206.492 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album) Island Records I-206.492 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
LSI 11116, ZTTIQ 2 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album) Jugoton, Island Records, ZTT LSI 11116, ZTTIQ 2 Yugoslavia 1985 Sell This Version
ZTTIQ 2 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album, RP) ZTT ZTTIQ 2 UK 1985 Sell This Version
VG 71400, 062 - VG 71400 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album) ZTT, Virgin, ZTT VG 71400, 062 - VG 71400 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
206 492, 206 492-620 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 206 492, 206 492-620 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
CDZTT 2 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(CD, Album) Island Records, ZTT CDZTT 2 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
P33D-20025, P33D 20025, CID J116 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(CD, Album) Polystar, Polystar, Island Records, ZTT P33D-20025, P33D 20025, CID J116 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
7 90179-2 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(CD, Album) Island Records 7 90179-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
422-842 473-2, 422 842 473-2 The Art Of Noise!* (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, ZTT 422-842 473-2, 422 842 473-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
PSCD-1174, CID J116 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(CD) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar PSCD-1174, CID J116 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
4509-94746-4 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise(Cass) ZTT 4509-94746-4 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
WPCR-18 The Art Of Noise Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise?(CD, Album) ZTT WPCR-18 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
UBD-53194 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise(CD, Album) ZTT, Universal Music UBD-53194 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
UD-53194 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise(CD, Album, RE) Universal Records, ZTT UD-53194 US 1998 Sell This Version
ZTT 111 CD The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise?(CD) ZTT ZTT 111 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
74321 83695 4 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise?(Cass, Album) BMG Russia, ZTT 74321 83695 4 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
AICT 121 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(CD) SMEJ Associated Records AICT 121 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
3052812 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(CD, Album, RM) Wagram Music, ZTT 3052812 France 1999 Sell This Version
REP 4895 The Art Of Noise Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise(CD, Album, RE) Repertoire Records, ZTT REP 4895 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
ZTT 162 CD Art Of Noise* Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise(CD, Album, RE, Dig) ZTT ZTT 162 CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
ARTCD 0206030012 Art Of Noise* Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise(CD, Album, Unofficial) Digitally Remastered ARTCD 0206030012 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
ZTT 111 CD The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise?(CD) ZTT ZTT 111 CD US 2005 Sell This Version
XECZ-1011 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(CD, Album, RE, Ltd, Gat) ZTT Japan, Third Ear (2) XECZ-1011 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
SALVOMDCD22, Element 17 Art Of Noise* Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V, Comp, PAL + Dlx) Salvo, ZTT SALVOMDCD22, Element 17 UK 2011 Sell This Version
ISL 90179 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album, Blu) Island Records ISL 90179 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
4509-94746-2 The Art Of Noise Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise?(CD, Album, RE) ZTT 4509-94746-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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Dr_Avalanche

Dr_Avalanche

February 7, 2015
referencing Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise, CD, Album, RE, REP 4895
For some reason this rerelease (and the ZTT rerelease of the same year) has an edited version of Close (To The Edit) (12 seconds shorter in length). Which makes these versions unique. Why this was done? I haven't got a clue.:)
robinsoncaruso

robinsoncaruso

May 25, 2013
referencing Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise, LP, Album, ZTTIQ2, ZTTIQ 2
I was 13 when I listened to this album. I consider myself a conscious music listener since that moment.
In my opinion this is one of the most important record of electronic music.
jtdevious

jtdevious

August 10, 2010
referencing Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise, LP, Album, ZTTIQ2, ZTTIQ 2
This album is perhaps one of the most understated and pivotal moments in the birth of electronic music/dance music in the early eighties, and music history rightly owes a credence to their experimentalism. Contains the amazing and beautiful ‘Moments in love’ and the commercially successful ear bashing sounds of ‘Close to the edit’, and ‘Beatbox’.
Eops

Eops

August 24, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise, LP, Album, ZTTIQ2, ZTTIQ 2
This lp is one of the cornerstones of modern electronic music – no matter what genre you currently obsess about the chances are that somewhere in its history a massive debt was incurred to the sheer lunacy of The Art of Noise.

In many ways AON represent the elephant in the room, a towering presence which is so often overlooked not because of its failings but because of its self depreciating genius.

If you talk about electronic music with any self respecting discogs geek for long enough it would be almost impossible for them not to mention the Germanic overlords of the genre ‘Kraftwerk’ – their poe faced spectre looms large like a building site crane over techno city. The AON however could just as easily lay claim to the eclectic plethora of electronic styles born in the UK since 1981.

If Kraftwerk are accepted as the calculating robotic face of Teutonic beats and bleeps then surely AON personify the eccentric English gentleman tinkering in his shed and occasionally popping outside to exclaim eureka!

The eccentric nature of the album is best explained by comparing two of its best known tracks – ‘Moments in love’ and ‘Close to the edit’.

The first is subtle, delicate and beautifully paced with gentle breathy vocals barely communicating with the listener after being deliberatly drowned out in the mix.

The second is a barnstorming slice of Edward Lear influenced nonsense poetry, brazen fart samples, a car ignition sounds and the kind of hyperactive bass line that swerved out of fashion at some point in the mid eighties never to return.

These two songs mark opposite ends of the AON spectrum – somewhere in the middle you will find samples as diverse as cuban revolutionary speeches(on ‘Whos afraid’)and a monumental church organ (on ‘Momento’) which gatecrashes a quirky sound montage to leave the casual listener scratching their head in confusion.

If nothing else this LP should held up as a masterclass in 80’s production. It may have started life as producer Trevor Horns studio folly but for me and countless others from Electro B-boys to Hardcore Ravers it opened a door to sounds that simply didn’t exist a year or so beforehand.

Sheer bloody genius as they say in the home counties - 'a time to hear' indeed.
Magnetonium

Magnetonium

September 12, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise?, CD, Album, RE, 4509-94746-2

In my opinion, there is only one tune that really stands out on this great CD. No song has ever touched me the way "Moments In Love" did. It will forever remain my #1 song of all-time. It was the first tune that I heard that I instantly fell in love with, and introduced me to the wonderful world of electronic dance music, permanently. It is one of the most beautiful love songs ever, and I love every second of it. Unfortunately, it did not do well commercially, but it did give rise to the new genre of music to come, chillout.

There are other great hits of Art Of Noise on here - their commercially successfull "Close (To The Edit)", and "Beat Box", an underground favourite with a real strong beat.

So, who's "Afraid of Art Of Noise"? Well, it is anyone who has never heard their music. Art Of Noise did a lot to shape dance music of U.K. in the 1980s.