I have recently completed a new composition, ‘Forties and Fives’, for IOU’s Speaking Tubes installation. The piece is for flute, bass flute, gongs and dulcimer and has been really exciting to work on as the nature of the installation allows for movement and loads of bass so you really get to feel enveloped in the music…
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, the physical installation is inaccessible. Thankfully, IOU have been busy sorting spatial mixes of the commissioned pieces for you to listen to at home. Listen through headphones for the full effect!
Find out more about all four commissions, as well as the technology behind the installation in this artist talk from June 11th… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEoMQhzkTMw
I recently completed a longer term project inspired by the RNIB ‘s How I See series and my own experience of Glaucoma. The project is essentially a theme and variations exploring different visual conditions in a musical form.
The Storytelling Bus (May-Nov 2019) Soundtrack commissioned by Halifax based arts organisation IOU, the show involved a 30 minute bus journey around Halifax (May-July 2019) and Goole (Nov 2019), accompanied by stories from local people and sounds and music inspired by the town.
Measure of Breath (Nov 2016): Original soundtrack to a performance by aerial artists Ziggy Slingsby and Maddie McGowan. The piece explores the impact of breathlessness on everyday life and was premiered at Bristol University’s Feel It Festival at Circomedia in November 2016.
Little Matchgirl (Oct 2016): A soundtrack for the Jean Renoir’s 1928 version of The Little Matchgirl. The piece was first performed at Other Worlds Film Festival in October 2016 – many thanks to Rick and Carl at Must Die Records for asking me to record it for release!
Fresh Yorkshire Aires (Jan-July 2016): Commissioned to produce a graphic score as part of a project to explire the sonic and visual landscape of Yorkshire. Performances by Matthew Bourne and Philip Thomas on 16th and 30th June 2016 at Munro House in Leeds and Bank Street Arts in Sheffield respectively.
Losing the Marshes (Oct 2013): Original soundtrack for a feature-length documentary on the effect of the Olympics on Hackney Marshes.
After the Flood (June 2013): Site-specific installation in response to the Hebden Bridge floods of 2012. The piece was included as part of the After the Flood exhibition at Nutclough Cellars at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2013 and released on Hibernate as a limited edition CD.
Unhyphen (March 2013): Site specific sound and art crossover work in collaboration with sculptor Gordon Flemons. Commissioned by Unhyphen, installed/performed at Southend High School for Girls in March 2013.
Duodecim (Sept 2011-Aug 2012): A year long subscription project as Isnaj Dui. Working through a circle of fifths, each one of the twelve tracks was written and recorded within one month. The work also incorporated sounds and images recorded during that month to capture the change of seasons.
Minute of Listening (Oct 2011): Harmonics was chosen as part of the pilot scheme for Sound and Music’s Minute of Listening project, a nationwide project aimed at opening opportunities for school children to listen to a new piece of music for one minute every day.
An Afternoon Under the Stars (June 2010): Specially commissioned piece for a one-off performance at Southend Planetarium as part of Southend Fringe Festival.
Circle of Sleep (Feb 2010): Hour long piece commissioned for Arctic Circle Radio and performance at National Portrait Gallery.