I had an excellent session with Alice Purton and Nina Whiteman last week as my new piece for Trio Atem gradually takes shape. Most of the sketching, rhythms, structure and pitch is done/selected so I’ve been looking to find more fragile, temperamental sounds that will suit the repetitive piece. We tried blobs of white tack on the strings but had more success tying the C and A string together. Tomorrow I’m trying to find some matching sounds with flautist Gavin Osborn. The text is two sections from Matthew Welton’s extraordinary long poem Dr Suss.
I have been revisiting the music I made with mira calix on a year-long+ project exchange and return. It was an intense process at a very busy time but I’ve been enjoying listening to the music again and in particular the final piece we made together onn/off which sees us back in our more ‘traditional’ roles (i.e. I wrote the acoustic music and mira made the electronic music – hardly our traditional roles any more) but music filtered through the lens of having worked together on this for some time. I’ll put some or all of the track up at a later date if I can but in the meantime here are a couple of exchange and return images from our recording sessions at Aldeburgh Music.
Second ever GOVES set on 28/11/2012 at the Sandbar in Manchester courtesy of the good people of ddmmyy – more information here.
I’ll be playing a set of the upcoming ep with some new bits and piece joined on this occasion by cellist Dave McCann.
We’ll also be selling some of the forthcoming GOVES ep A crèche for the lonely and peculiar ahead of its release on 2 December. There will be some CD and vinyl copies. I’ll write more on the EP in another post soon.
I hope to see you there. There are some great sets and DJing in this supremely relaxed and excellent bar.
Wonderful mix from slip discs founder Laurie Tompkins is now online as the November nonclassical podcast. You can hear a sneak preview of a couple of tracks from the forthcoming GOVES ep available on 3 December.
Check it out here.
I’ve just had a flyer through for the London Sinfonietta’s New Music Show 3 which is taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and other spaces around the South Bank Centre on 2 December. I’m looking forward to hearing the second performance of my piece Trends in personal relationships which I’m revising a little after the premiere from the London Sinfonietta Academy earlier this year.
I really like the programming for this concert which includes music by composers I already know and admire and music I’ve been meaning to get acquainted with for ages. There’s also a sequence of intimate solo performances in privileged backstage spaces; I know what a couple of these are going to be and I they should be special. Then Serafina Steer and Olly Coates rounding things off with a late night Purcell Room set which is going to include Yawl Ketch Schooner Brig a gorgeous piece by Charlie Usher which I really think deserves a London outing.
Hopefully I’ll see you there.