SignalsUnder Tests

Heavy Tones b. 1985 | 38.8048° N, 77.0469° W

Richard Graham, Ph.D. (Signals Under Tests) is a musician from Northern Ireland. He has performed at festivals and conferences including Moogfest and the International Symposium on Electronic Art. He has composed music for British and US television and recorded live sessions for BBC radio and he has performed compositions from his album, “Nascent,” (2012) at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) and the national Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) conference. Graham has also presented his music projects at a number of prestigious research institutions, including Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Elektronmusikstudion EMS in Stockholm, Bell Labs in New Jersey, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. His most recent full-length offering, “Disrupt/Construct,” was released on Denovali (GER) in late 2019.


Fuse Factory (December 3 2021)


Haunted Hope (August 28 2021)

Featuring vocals by Naomi Columna. Trumpet by Ken Wendt. Mastered by Jake Fader.

The Art of Surrender (July 6 2020)

"The Art of Surrender" is a response to audio samples provided by film composer, Paul Vinsonhaler. Paul is releasing his own master of this track under the title, "A Brief History Of Pitch Pines." This version was mastered by Jake Fader.


Improvisation for Appalachian Dulcimer and Audio Effects Processing (May 28 2020)


Land of Youth (May 1 2020)  – FP Creative Remote Collaboration Project

I used Lempner’s recording, the beginning of Stuligross’s percussive recording and Cloyd’s spoken word recording. I used elastic audio and time stretching techniques to process Stuligross’s material to create large textures and I used simple layering and repitching techniques to process Lempner’s material to create droning harmonies. The arrangement is laced with heavy tones and ethereal and broken guitar loops, as per the usual case. The piece begins with a woodwind pedal point, courtesy of Lempner, along with a granular take on Stuligross’s offerings. The aggressive percussive strikes also come from Stuligross. The wash of white noise throughout the piece was achieved by excessively time-stretching Lempner’s open instrumental attack. Cloyd’s spoken word closes out the piece. 


Dualism (March 6 2020) – Jaipongan Remix

Released in 2020 on Hivemind Records (UK). Jaipongan materials (provided by Riedl) formed the basis of a disparate, beat-driven composition. Vocal and rebab samples were processed using granular synthesis and elastic audio tools.


Disrupt/Construct (2019) Studio Album 

Graham collected musical responses to a series of his own guitar improvisations from Neidhardt over the period of a year. Graham then crafted this album at the Elektronmusikstudion EMS in Stockholm, Sweden. Disrupt is a series of buckling themes that function as self-contained, shorter musical compositions. Construct presents a semi-improvised stream-of-consciousness piece that stands in contrast to the disruptive nature of its counterpart and divides into three self-contained musical movements.

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[release date: December 13 2019 | Denovali Records (GER)]



Querschalltapes (2013) Endless cassette: 60 second loop

Limited, hand-numbered edition 49 pieces.
Engraved metal packaging.
Price: 35 €
€ 4.10 postage (domestic),
€ 8.90 (EU)
€ 15.90 (Worldwide)


Aidan Baker – Origins & Evolutions (2012)

Scored / prepared guitar materials were contributed to this record by a slew of guitar players for this release on Install (NYC) in 2012.


Nascent (2012) Studio Album

"Nascent" was released in 2012, featuring a series of ambient works collected throughout 2010 and 2011. The disc features collaborative efforts from Michael Andrews and Laura Graham. Philip Byrne mastered this disc whilst wearing a tin foil hat (his words, not mine). The disc artwork is by Tennessee based Artist, Jon Kenney. Music from "Nascent" has featured on MTV and in independent films. 


Mecca (2010) Studio Album

"Mecca," was released in late 2010, featuring Artists from the US, Japan, Germany, and Finland, and was featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Guitar International Magazine and on regional and national TV (Ch. 5) and radio (BBC Radio 1).