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the signal and the noise

Written by: Kerr / Burchill

BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

The song dated back to Big Music when Jim mentioned it in an interview.

MH: How are you this morning?
JK: Great. I’ve been here about a week amongst getting some work done – in fact, this morning I was working on a new song. You and I know each other really well and you know how when sometimes a thought just pops up you have to case it so it messed up my plan. My plan was to get up really early – which I did – and go jogging. But, as I was having my coffee, this idea – loose idea – for a song popped up so I've been chasing it for the last couple of hours. I’m getting ready to pack – I will go for a jog – and then head for the airport. And as you know Simple Minds begin touring again in the middle of this week in Europe and really looking forward to that.
MH: So are you going to tell me what the title of this song is? Or is it not there yet?
JK: Signal And The Noise.
MH: Signal And The Noise? Nice... nice. Is it from a piece of music you've had for a while? Or is this just an initial idea of a lyric?
JK: It is. It's a piece of music from someone you introduced me to – Owen Parker – who co-wrote Broken Glass Park. He intermittently sends me some pieces and I've had this for a while. I was enchanted by it but I never thought – or thought maybe it's an instrumental. It was very cinematic and when you get these pieces they already sound sometimes complete. You think "Why would I put a voice on this? It would detract?” or it wouldn't live up. But the great thing about the whole MP3 thing – and of course with iTunes and stuff – is that I've got thousands of songs and stuff just pops up randomly. And it's amazing sometimes, a month later, two months later, that you thought I'll never have an idea for that and the music comes on and you're right there and I'm harmonizing with it and that was the case this morning.

Jim Kerr and Martin Hanlin
17th November 2013

It was subsequently recorded for Walk Between Worlds.
Signal And The Noise is the title of one of the key new songs featured on our forthcoming new album Walk Between Worlds. Featuring layered guitars, sequencer keys, and with dance floor bass and programmed drums, all of it put together by Charlie Burchill, fleshed out later by the rest of the band.

In being the first post-Big Music song composition to complete, it set the process of the new album recording in motion. Kick starting a rush of similarly energetic ideas that followed it its wake Never easy to describe music, but I recall thinking on listening to the basic track for the first time, should Kraftwerk (during their Trans Euro Express era) have been produced by Quincy Jones? Then the spirit of that might resemble the train like groove that pulsates through Signal and The Noise.

Jim Kerr
2nd December 2017

The lyrics will be added when the album is released.

Album Version (5:18)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman

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