Earlier this year I was involved in a fantastic collaborative exhibition by Phantom Limb and Noise in Yangon – ‘A Sound Journey to Freedom’. I worked with the fantastic artist Moe Myat May Zarchi (aka P.O.E.M) on a new film Moon Landing (Version 2.0 Longgyi, which features archive sound, recordings that Moe had made at protests in Myanmar and music. The film was exhibited at God’s House Tower in Southampton earlier this year, and you can watch it below and find out more about the project and other artists here.
Was great to receive in the post a beautiful new publication from Sam Belinfante, ‘On the Circulation of Blood’, which documents his Folkestone Triennial project. My score for Beacons is included, as are scores by a group of amazing composers including Neil Luck, Josephine Stephenson, Elaine Mitchener, Sarah Dacey and Bernhard Schimpelsberger. Studio recordings of the scores have been released bandcamp too.
The ‘Beacons’ score
You can find out more and buy the Extended Score and Album here:
I’ve just come back from a big summer break with the family, had an awesome time (pic of a lovely Italian vineyard below!). Just before I went away I finished my 3-year stint as Head of Music at the University of Southampton, handing over to my colleague Prof. Tom Irvine. It’s been quite a ride managing things through the pandemic and with other challenges. Really glad I did it but also pleased to return to having more space for creative projects. Lots on the way so watch this space!
Some photos by Brandon Otto from the London Sinfonietta’s Untold Stories at The Stage Door the other week…
On 22 July 2022 London Sinfonietta are staging an event in Southampton, UNTOLD STORIES, to screen the premiere of ANIL SOOD. I collaborated with the amazing artist Alys Scott-Hawkins on this project, writing a piece for piano and electronics, A-Listers, that Clíodna Shanahan recorded back in July 2021. Alys used the recording of this piece to make a super cool film. The music and film explore the life of Anil Sood, who we both met when he ran our local DIY store. Anil is an amazing person, who ran (and runs) drum’n’bass events as PARADOX. Following this premiere the film will be available on Youtube.
Clíodna Shanahan will also perform the UK premiere of my Too Many Sweets (when Dorothy met Blake) for toy pianos and electronics. The rest of the programme features a great piece by Julia Wolfe, East Broadway, and Steve Reich’s seminal Electric Counterpoint.
I’ve written a piece for 12-piece ensemble as part of a project at University of Southampton created and led by my amazing colleague Drew Crawford: The Exquisite Corpse of AI (Consequences). My contribution is called Phat Feet and features 12 awesome undergraduate musicians from the Department of Music. Drew has brought together a bunch of us including Bella Barlow and Brona Martin to create this exciting new piece that we’ll premiere at Turner Sims and then perform at a private conference for the commissioners Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated Investigations for Scientific Discovery Network.
Dorothy Chan premiered Too Many Sweets (when Dorothy met Blake) for toy piano(s) and synth in New York last month. Here is a picture from her set. Dorothy is going to play the piece again soon in Illinois and also make a recording for future release (more on that soon!).
Dorothy Chan will premiere Too Many Sweets (when Dorothy met Blake) for toy pianos and PICO synthesiser at The Cell, New York, on 15 December. Dorothy approached me to write this piece at the end of 2020 and it features 3 of her toy pianos (Lil’ Blue, Perry, Beu) and a new wavetable synth designed by Blake Troise (aka Protodome).