Air Loom is a new album of dreamlike music, distilling a lifetime’s work with ancient instruments and extraordinary electroacoustic techniques (due for release 26 March 2019). In April, I’ll be touring the UK, performing Air Loom live with with vocalists Sarah Gabriel and percussionist Stephen Hiscock.
Air Loom is the follow-up to 2017 release Ealing Feeder. A steely, love-letter to London, this album explores extant folklore in the city.
Music possessed of an eerie instability…a whole universe unto itself brimming with fresh propositions and new directions…a shimmering minimalist masterpiece’ Robert Barrry, The Wire Magazine
“The most inventive album I’ve heard in a long while…a testament to Angliss’s imagination and sheer musicality”
Simon Reynolds, 4 Columns, New York
Revelatory…a phenomenal collection….exists in a preternatural state of eerie calm and alluring mystery.” Dave Segal, The Stranger, Seattle
New electroacoustic work: Giant
A video of work in progress on this new chamber opera. Blending voices with viola da gamba, clavisimbalum and electronics, Giant tells the story of the betrayal of Charles Byrne, a man who was anatomised against his will. Supported by Snape Music and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Feature film score
Composing a score for Outside, a new UK horror film that’s due for release in 2019. Written and directed by Romola Garai.
Paul Hamlyn Award for composers
In November 2018, I was honoured to receive a composer’s award from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This award is transformative, giving me funds to take more risks and keep working on new musical ideas for the next three years.
Expressionism on stage
Original composition and sound design for Eugene O’Neill’s striking exploration of modernity from 1926 The Hairy Ape (for The Old Vic, London, and Park Avenue Armory, New York) and the first official stage production of cult CBS TV show The Twilight Zone (for The Almeida, London – coming to The Ambassadors March 2019).
Radio documentaries on sound
BBC Radio documentaries on the social history of the echo (made with Pez Andrews and Far Shoreline) and the ancient practice of teaching birds to sing human tunes (made with Neil McCarthy) are now available on iPlayer.
‘The Machinery’ video triptych
The Machinery is an astounding clog dance from the early 19th century, in which women working in the cotton mills of Lancashire copied the sounds and movements of the factory machines. In 2007, performer and historian Caroline Radcliffe and I reinterpreted this dance by putting a solo dancer with a video and sound collage from a working cotton mill.
The dance, which was the subject of my TEDx talk in 2011, has now been turned into a life-sized video triptych by film maker Jon Harrison. After a debut exhibition at Ironbridge Gorge Museum, this work is now available for touring around video arts festivals and museums. With thanks to our funders: Arts Council England, Birmingham University and Ironbridge Gorge Museum.