Automatic Writing was written and recorded during February 2016 for the RPM Challenge.
It's a 10-track album combining elements of chance, improvisation, collage and doom metal.
The rules I imposed on myself for the project were:
I broke all of these rules at least once.
For the first of what I hope will be several interesting projects this year, I've contributed a new track to Dada Sounds, an online project celebrating 100 years of Dada. The site goes live on Friday 5 February, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Cabaret Voltaire.
Parrots of Abbey Wood is based on a field recording I made in October 2015 of the sounds of the colony of parakeets that resides in Lesnes Abbey Woods in southeast London. Collage, processing and chance operations were all used to create the track. Everything you hear in it comes from the original recording.
Dada is one of those artistic movements that began as something shocking and outré, and has now become so enmeshed in our culture that we hardly notice it anymore. I'm very pleased to be a part of a project celebrating a movement that's had a profound effect on my on work, in ways that I'm both conscious of and also (re)discovering every day.
More music that happened by accident in between larger projects. Download the score here.
I had the sound of a melodica in my mind, but there's no reason it can't be played on any other instrument you have to hand.
A lot of projects that have been ongoing for a very long time are nearing completion, so hopefully there will be a string of posts appearing here in the near future. In the midst of all this I wrote a new piece for solo cello by accident. It's called simply Here, and you can hear a rough recording of it and download a score here.
It's a long piece - just shy of 100' in the recording linked above. It's concerned with the overtones produced by simpley playing two tones together on a cello. It's a continuation of my interests in just intonation and drones. I think La Monte Young's influence is pretty obvious but there's a whole load of other stuff too. Above all, this is a piece that requires virtuosity - not of acrobatics of fingers, but of listening and existing in the moment, here, now.
SeaSol is a mini-album of five improvised tracks on cello (plus voice on some). All recorded live as one take with no overdubs or edits.
Stream above, and download (with bonus track) on Bandcamp.
I'm performing in a rare complete performnace of Cornelius Cardew's "The Great Learning" on Saturday and Sunday 11 & 12 July at the Union Chapel. It's an amazimng experience, so come along if you can.
It needs a lot of singers! You don't need to be trained or anything, anyone can do it. So if you fancy taking part you can sign up and contact the organisers here.
You can now buy my album Canyon from Bandcamp. It's a collection of music I recorded in 2011-12 using cello and various bits of technical jiggery-pokery.