"10,000 tiny instruments": how Lego made the experimental album of 2021

Published May 04 2021 at 11:00 AM GMT
  • With the soothing noise of its bricks clicking against one another, Lego White Noise joins the ranks of great musique concr'te " and documents a potentially doomed soundOut of my headphones comes a flow of odd, weirdly tactile sound: what could be an army of ants marching across a plain of contact mics, a landslide of scree recorded from a mile away, or perhaps the first field recording taken from Ingenuity, the tiny robotic helicopter currently flying sorties above the Martian landscape.
  • Delicate clicks, burring friction and the waterfall-like spatiality of granular flow all galvanise my ears.
  • It's the sort of thing that may interest subscribers to The Wire magazine, or that an underground musician usually seen sweating over a badly soldered modular synth could make in a moment of calm.
  • This is Lego White Noise, and while it definitely sounds like experimental music, the name makes it clear that this is the work of the world's most 'reputable brand".


  • Published May 4, 2021 11:00 AM GMT