Peter Nagle is a composer and cellist based in London. His music combines elements of improvisation, extended just intonation and other alternative/ microtonal tunings, drones, loops and electronica.
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.