Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The CD in the outside world!

It is exciting to watch my disk begin to find its way into the outside world. So far Alles seems to be very much the hit single, I suppose not inappropriately given its rock and roll origins.. Somewhat ironic in that not a pitch of it was actually written by me, though. So far, it has been on the Sound Projector poadcast, Alex Ross's video of the day on The Rest is Noise and chosen by Tim Rutherford-Johnson for his radio show in the online literary magazine Little Star Weekly... Thanks to everyone for their help in getting this - strange even on a record about making strange - music out there!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

The Music of Making Strange

I'm just delighted that the first portrait CD of my music is now available, from the fantastic Carrier Records. This has been awhile in the making, and really the most rewarding musical journey of my life so far. It features chamber music from the last 5 years, with After and Before and Ostranenie the biggest pieces, along with 3 duos - Knight's Move, Some States Can Be Resolved Rhythmically and -verse - and Alles. It is available to listen to for free, to download and to buy as a disc here: The Music of Making Strange

Thursday, 28 February 2013

-verse in London, March 26th

-verse, a piece I wrote for Aisha Orazbayeva, will be played by her and Roderick Chadwick at City University later in the month. There are more details about the concert here. They've also recorded the piece, and here's another little trailer. It is a kind of cover once again, this time of The Velvet Underground's amazing 'A Murder Mystery', which Aisha introduced me to and has fascinated me ever since:

Recording Project

I've had a fantastic time over the last few months putting together a CD of my music, that will hopefully appear properly later in the year. In the meantime, I've made a few little clips to give people an idea what it sounds like. I'm enormously grateful to the quite amazing performers, who really gave an incredible amount to the project, and also to Erik Nystrom, without whose brilliant work as an engineer I couldn't have done this.

Here's all of Alles, a little piece that superimposes, quite inappropriately, California Über Alles by the Dead Kennedys and Nico's very dark and peculiar version of Deutschland Über Alles: With Mayah Kadish, Lucy Railton, Serge Vuille, Roderick Chadwick and Mark Knoop, recorded at The Forge in London, January 2013. Engineering by Erik Nystrom. And this a section from After and Before, the piece I wrote as part of my spectral piano project with Roderick Chadwick, who sounds quite amazing here: Roderick Chadwick, piano, with Ensemble Plus-Minus: Marcus Barcham-Stevens - violin, Vicky Wright - clarinet, Lucy Railton - cello, Tom Pauwels - electric guitar, Newton Armstrong - electronics, conducted by Mark Knoop. Thanks also to the ensemble's directors, Joanna Bailie and Matthew Shlomowitz.