, a techno-pop group whose music was an amalgam of studio gimmickry, tape splicing, and synthesized beats.
took material from a variety of sources: hip-hop, rock, jazz, R&B, traditional pop, found sounds, and noise all worked their way into the group's distinctly postmodern soundscapes.
was the center of the group, having arranged and produced material for Frankie Goes to Hollywood
, and Paul McCartney
before forming the Art of Noise
. The trio signed with Trevor Horn
's ZTT label, releasing their first EP, Into Battle With the Art of Noise
, in 1983. The following year, the group released the full-length (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art of Noise!
, which featured the hit single "Close (To the Edit)."
After "Close (To the Edit)," the group parted ways with Horn
and ZTT, releasing In Visible Silence
in 1986; the album included the U.K. Top Ten hit "Peter Gunn," which featured Duane Eddy
on guitar. Re-works of the Art of Noise
, an album of remixes and live tracks, was released that same year. In No Sense? Nonsense!
, released in 1987, saw the band experimenting with orchestras and choirs, as well as horns and rock bands. The next year, the Art of Noise
released a greatest-hits collection, The Best of the Art of Noise
, which featured their collaboration with Tom Jones
's "Kiss."Below the Waste
(1990) captured the band experimenting with world music; it received a lukewarm critical and commercial reception. The following year, a low-key remix album directed by Killing Joke
called The Ambient Collection
appeared. Later in the year, the Art of Noise
broke up. Dudley
eventually worked with Killing Joke
's Jaz Coleman
and Phil Collins
, and Morley
reunited in 1999 for a new album, The Seduction of Claude Debussy
. Kevin Godley
and Lol Creme
were added to the lineup.