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  • Audio CD (September 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dist. Breaks [Stu]
  • ASIN: B000H80LDQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Secret Circles
2. Dogstar
3. I Choose Noise
4. Falling Down
5. Last Man Standing
6. Hooligan Spirit
7. Choke
8. Keep It In The Family
9. Until Tomorrow
10. Dreamstalker
11. Just For Today
12. Live At God's Global Gathering

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Hybrid are one of the most successful, influential and renowned electronic acts in the world. Their prolific touring and DJ sets have justifiably earned them incredible global support and adulation. They have sold in excess of 150,000 albums worldwide. I Choose Noise is HybridÂ’s eagerly anticipated third album. The first single will be Â"Dog Star,Â" which features Perry Farrell on vocals and is targeted at daytime radio. Prolific live and DJ dates have solidified HybridÂ’s global reach — a huge loyal fanbase is ready to buy new Hybrid music. Collaborators on this album will open Hybrid up to new markets, from indie to classic rock to classical — Perry Farrell (JaneÂ’s Addiction), Peter Distephano (Porno for Pyros), Judy Tzuke, Harry Gregson Williams (film composer Shrek 1 & 2, Phone Booth, Chronicles of Narnia). A bonus CD features footage from GodÂ’s Global Gathering.

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Few artists bring down the defenses of the electronic music skeptic quite like Hybrid (a.k.a. Mike Truman and Chris Healings). The South Wales duo's juxtaposition of elegant strings and athletic breakbeats is a potent cocktail, as anyone who has experienced the triumphant swells of "Finished Symphony" or the beckoning strangeness of "Higher than a Skyscraper" will attest. So it may be a bit of irony that Hybrid names its latest opus--which features collaborations with composer Harry Gregson-Williams, Perry Farrell, and others--I Choose Noise. Gregson-Williams's orchestration and the 36-piece Northwest Sinfonia give the album's compositions a deliciously harrowing, cinematographic quality; one could surely find no better soundtrack than "I Chose Noise" for that moment when the mad scientist realizes that not only is his creation alive, it seems to have plans of its own. Indeed, weaving itself into both the instrumental and vocal tracks alike is a primordial sense that something has gone terribly wrong, and I Choose Noise at times comes off as a more polite version of Boards of Canada's Geogaddi, one that trades in the latter's spiraling psychedelics for a more sinewy--though no less intricate--synthesis of elements. In the end, the listener can't shake the feeling that the music is straining toward some kind of mysterious, final confrontation. One thing, however, is clear: if this is Hybrid's idea of noise, it will no doubt leave fans and one-time skeptics clamoring for more. --Brent Kallmer

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I think Hybrid is one of the best duo of producers in music at the moment.
guy incognito
The piece is as fast and unpredictable as a stream of lava and the tonal structures seem to float on this colourful texture like vaporizing icebergs.
J-Lo-Fi
What Hybrid produces here is a beautiful array of songs which are mixed together very, very well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J-Lo-Fi on December 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
For a good reason Hybrid has been hailed as the most forward thinking act of the club music. This is true, but rarely have I read any proper reflection on what this actually means. Back in the 80's music press used the word `wagnerian' to describe high profile productions in the style of Trevor Horn. Bands like ABC and Frankie Goes to Hollywood were certainly well-produced but in the end they had nothing to do with Wagner.

This certainly is the case with Hybrid's music. It is post-romantic classical music (fex R. Strauss, Mahler, Wagner, Schoenberg) transposed to club music. It has similar kind of velvety quality which comes from the extensive use of over octave harmonies.

How does their third CD place itself into above framework? Expect their most uncommercial release. The title "I choose noise" is symptomatic in the sense, that the progression from WA via M-Scifi has been ever increasing presence of stabs of colours created with different kinds of sound effects. This record more than its predecessor points ahead. The future sounds more pointillistic or even atonal, if (like this record would suggest) more and more prominence is given to singular layers of sound colours.

To get a proper picture of this, just compare 'Snyper' from WA to 'I choose noise' of ICH. They both have in their core the solid cornerstones of tonal orchestration, but whereas in the first case the whole piece almost as if awaits for the orchestrated parts to enter the piece (and in this sense gets it's fulfilment in their introduction), in the second tune the reference to tonal structures is more allusive. The piece is as fast and unpredictable as a stream of lava and the tonal structures seem to float on this colourful texture like vaporizing icebergs.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LexAffection on December 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In all honesty, I had never heard of Hybrid before. I do not own their previous two albums, including the acclaimed Wide(r) Angle (Although I plan to pick this one up now). I had finished picking out Armin Van Buuren's ASoT 2006 and, with a giftcard, had enough left over to purchase another CD. I am a risk-taker; I like picking out albums from random artists and risking disapointment by purchasing the CD without having heard it. I do this infrequently, but I still do it. And in this case, I find myself with no regrets.

What Hybrid produces here is a beautiful array of songs which are mixed together very, very well. I did not expect these songs to be mixed, and so this was an automatic plus for me. The music can only be described as haunting, cryptic and orchestral; there are some string variations to be found in the negative spaces of the musical mosaics spun here, and Perry Farrell lends vocals to some of the album. His voice seems to fit in perfectly with the structure and mood of the songs - airy, dreamy and hypnotic. The fading in and out of tribal drums serves to further enhance this mood on "Last Man Standing," right before the entrance of a killer beat with undulating basstones that make an entrance soon afterwards.

This is one of those dark albums which seems to have a specific direction it wants to take the listener, and that feeling is illustrated throughout the majority (if not entirety) of the disc.

I like to listen to this mix in the car on a rainy day, and especially after a long day of classes, work or life in general. Very much like conventional trance will, this album transports the listener places, and I'm not sure I would call this trance (at least not in the electronica/House-music sense).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Headphone Jack on May 19, 2010
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There's a tendency when talking about one's favorite music to describe it as nothing short of a miracle. This makes sense as its difficult to talk clearly about an album you've listened to it at least 100 times now. Its easily in my top 10 albums along with Hendrix, Massive Attack, and Dark Side of the Moon. Time will tell if this continues to hold this spot for decades the way these other albums have, but there's enough going on here to chew on for quite a while.

If I had to pick a flaw I would say its the Perry Farrell "Dogstar" track felt out of place in parts, but makes up for it in power and excitement. It seems like expert producers doing the best they can to work with a superstar's vocals even when it doesn't quite fit. Still, by normal standards, this track is magnificent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Buchholtz on October 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What can be said about these guys that hasnt already been said. They always seem to amaze me when I hear something new from them. I have been an avid fan of hybrid since Wide Angle came out and have loved every minute of their material. This new album touches deeper into their grown up sound while still maintaining the unique style they have developed from the beginning. You get a taste of breaks, house and downtempo with this album plus their beautiful orchestrated ensembles flow over these songs to add just the right emotion. If you are a Hybrid fan, theres no question if you want to buy it or not. If your new to Hybrid's unique style, be prepared to fall in love with something that will emotionally move you from the first track.
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how many discs?
I recieved one disc. f'in rip off to advertise it as 2 and only send one.
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