A composer working with ancient instruments, electronics and robotics. Performs live and creates music for film and theatre.
University of Surrey
University of Surrey Studio 1, PATS Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
£5 (students free)
A live performance of Air Loom in Studio 1, University of Surrey.
Released in spring 2019, Air Loom is an album of dreamlike music, distilling a lifetime’s work with ancient instruments and extraordinary electroacoustic techniques. Following our UK tour, I’m delighted to be reprising Air Loom live for music technology students and the public at the University of Surrey.
This set include a chilling new setting of ancient Lydian ballad Lucy Wan; the haunting ‘cold love song’ Raven; and Dust, a moment of sublime secular communion, inspired by incidental words spoken in the Apollo capsule on the first journey to the moon.
Centre stage is the clavisimbalum, a sonorous, fourteenth-century cousin of the harpsichord. Its plucked, soft iron strings ring with a rich, dark reverberance – a sound that hails from Eastern European folk and the Renaissance court. To this we’ll be adding voices in close harmony, recorder, theremin, percussion and robotic carillon, an instrument I’ve devised and built to play bells at inhuman speeds, creating a haze of delicate, metallic sound. As we play, sounds are deftly contorted, fragmented and recombined using bespoke electronic and digital techniques. My own variant of the loop pedal stretches every strand of sound subtly as it plays, transforming the most consonant music into something more angular as it makes beguiling musical collisions.
Air Loom is the follow-up to 2017 album Ealing Feeder: “Music possessed of an eerie instability…a whole universe unto itself brimming with fresh propositions and new directions…a shimmering minimalist masterpiece’ (Wire Magazine, May 2017).