The House of Bedlam @ Café OTO

Extracts from the three new pieces recorded in Aldeburgh workshops earlier in the year.

The House of Bedlam are playing at Café OTO on 5 December 2016 as part of the #ddmmyy concert series. I’m chuffed to be taking the group to this great venue and particularly that we will be playing the three new pieces developed in Aldeburgh earlier this year. These are all piece which started with conversation about projected text with live music and ended up as three pieces gradually unravelling narrative. They are:

Disappointment and Small Relief, Hospital Scenes – Joe Snape

The book of Matthew – Larry Goves & Matthew Welton

Tithonus, DrunkLaurie Tompkins & Sam Quill

Joe’s piece is a oddball tale of two lovers – one prone to photosensitive seizures, the other with a smile like a strobe, – from the perspective on an infirmary-bound protagonist. Mine and Matt’s is a ‘setting’ of his long set of poetic variations. The book of Matthew is a hauntingly beautiful collection of poems arranged according to Roget’s Thesaurus. Laurie and Sam’s Tithonus, drunk is a short soap about life on the sauce for four instrumentalists, electronics, and projected drinker.

We owe a great deal to the RVW Trust (who contributed to Laurie’s and Joe’s commission fees) and Aldeburgh Music who provided us with luxurious space to workshop and prepare the music.

RVW Trust Aldeburgh Music



Matthew Welton will also be reading at the start of the evening. This coincides with the release of his third collection The Number Poems so expect some new poems. The book is formal severity and gorgeous language. Here is a short extract:

Exactly what I’m saying is: the sunset comes,

and, in it, something anaesthetic mutes my mind.
The flock of flies doubles in size; the blackberries bloom.

A budgie in the sludge begins a song so long
a heap of people hear it in the year it takes
and none of them remembers where they heard it first.

The seriously delirious kid lets out his breath
and stipulates the apples which he’ll polish up
and juggle with the plums and crimson damsons at

the middle of my mind. The light grows alluvial;
a gust of hasty melody measures the air.
The mind is modulation. It’s a short haul home.

From ‘Construction with Stencil’, The Number Poems, Matthew Welton, Carcanet (2016).

And as is increasingly the case #ddmmyy lay on an embarrassment of riches; there is also an installation from Laurence Crane and Dori Deng.

There’s information on all there here (OTO), here (#ddmmyy) and here (Bedlam).

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