Fountainhead N 51° 30’ 23.5637” W 0° 7’ 50.3221” will be premiered on Thursday 10 December at the ICA as part of Parallax VI.
Fountainhead is both an installation and a performance exploring ideas of environment and place, in which musicians interact with an array of sine tones in just intervals related to the installation's geographical location.
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.
I'll be performing at Arch 1 in East London on Tuesday, with some fantastic musicians: Angharad Davies, Ashley John Long and Tom Jackson. They'll be improvising and well also be playing my new piece "Ronan Point."
Ronan Point was a tower block in Canning Town, typical of the kind of cheap and quickly raised housing constructed in the 60s. On 15 May 1968 a gas explosion in one of the flats killed four people and left many more injured and homeless. My piece features retuned strings, field recordings from the site and surrounding area, drones and processed sounds to reflect on an event that was a traumatic and transformative episode in the history of architecture, social housing and the relationship between society and environment.
I'm very excited to announce that my piece for alto flute and drones Cantus is now available from Tectractys Publishing.