HIMLEN VAR (2015), a 12-channel acousmatic work. 10′
Himlen Var was created with the support of EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) during three residency periods from 2013-2015.
Himlen Var is based upon field-recordings made in the city of Stockholm and the outer Stockholm archipelago (particularly Blidö and Sandhamm), and the analogue synthesizers housed at Ems.
The staff of Stockholm Public Library and Storkyrkan in Gamla Stan, for out of hours recording access;
Ems, for their support and kindness;
Audiorama, for premiering the work on 28th March 2015.
This is a stereo version of the work, which was written for a 12 channel system.
Rainy Days Festival, Luxembourg, (29th April 2016)
Sonorities Festival, Belfast, (26th November 2016)
Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music,
(2nd-4th September 2016)
BEAST FEaST, (29th April 2016)
iFIMPaC, Leeds, (11th March 2016)
Nova, RTÉ Lyric FM, (7th February 2016)
San Francisco Tape Music Festival, (8th-10th January 2016)
DF#30, Manchester (15th August 2015)
Audiorama, Stockholm (28th March 2015)
neamhroinnte (2015), a generative installation work. ∞’
neamhroinnte is a generative audiovisual installation for two screens, quad sound, contact loudspeakers and a quiet, dark environment. It is muted, endless and non-interactive.
neamhroinnte is an exploration of a forest in Roscommon, Ireland. In the stillness, the smallest movements and moments became amplified and mysterious.
As a composer, my work is ordinarily based upon field-recordings made of cities: I collage fragments. Here, instead, I work with undivided passages of time. The work is both contemplative and highly detailed: the viewer shifts between observing constant fluctuations at the micro level and meditative evolutions at the macro level. Fragments of text from the work of Seamus Heaney invite the viewer to reflect upon the gradual unravelling of time.
The video documentation is edited in order to give an impression of the work in a reasonably short time-frame. It does no justice to uninterrupted sense of time in which the work functions and is merely included as illustrative documentation.
neamhroinnte was premiered at the Hunters’ Moon Festival in Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim on October 27th 2013 and exhibited at the QSS Gallery in Belfast as part of Sonorities 2015.
Too late, too far (2014), a stereo acousmatic work. 7′
“I like it, for it is double. It is here and elsewhere.”
Camus, The Fall
Too late, too far is part of a larger work entitled The Fall, composed between 2012 and 2014. The compositional process began during a residency at STEIM in December 2011: Amsterdam was the source from which I collected the materials for this piece.
I think now of the unwitting owners of actions contained herein: the cyclists and joggers of Vondelpark, the man on a bridge who offered a bike for a cigarette, the swans calling across the Red Light District, the choir of Sint-Nicolassbasiliek, and the countless others, long since dispersed but not forgotten: shouting, singing, laughing, swearing, clapping. I think also of the creaks and rhythms of rocking boats, of passing trams, the ubiquitous bells and horns, the rain, wind and lapping water, and the 5am fireworks on New Year’s Day. I consider these materials as fragments of sound, but also, now, as fragments of time. Sometimes their shimmering light is obscured, sometimes it is revealed.
This work, “peopled by bad dreams” (and the occasional good one), balances somewhere between loss and hope: after more than two years of work, this is its final character.
Teatro Faraggiana, Novara, 5th April 2017
Vox Humana, Audior, Lodi (20th June 2016)
Nova, RTÉ Lyric FM (12th June 2016)
Nova, RTÉ Lyric FM (24th January 2016)
HearSay Festival, Co. Limerick (20-22th Nov 2015)
FLK Symposium 2015, Castel Beseno (22-24th May 2015)
Acousmatic Transcendence, Kent (14th May 2015)
SIME Festival, Lille (24th April 2015)
New Music Miami ISCM Festival, Miami (9th April 2015)
Otras Máquinas, Geneve (30th January 2015)
IGNM Concert Series, Basel (29th January 2015)
Open Circuit Festival, Liverpool (24th October 2014)
The 47th International Summer Course for New Music,
Darmstadt (12th August 2014)
The Fall (2014), a stereo acousmatic work. 30′
“It’s too late now. It will always be too late. Fortunately!”
Albert Camus, The Fall
The Fall was begun during a residency at STEIM in Amsterdam in December 2011 / January 2012. I made many hours of recordings in and around the city of Amsterdam, with the intention of creating this large scale work.
Elements of the work were incorporated into Residual bits of sunlight, by Andersson Dance in Stockholm.
The first movement of this work, Too Late, Too Far, was premiered at the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt in August 2014.
Sonorities Festival, Belfast (April 2015)
Audiorama, Stockholm (28th March 2015)
Distractfold Ensemble, Manchester (20th March 2015)
Dérive (2013), A STEREO ACOUSMATIC WORK. 15′
Dérive was commissioned by La Muse En Circuit as the prize in the Concours Luc Ferrari.
Thanks to everyone at La Muse En Circuit!
Dérive is a stereo acousmatic work, started at the studios of La Muse En Circuit and finished in the composer’s own studio. The piece was premiered at the Archipel Festival, Geneva, March 22nd 2013.
I crisscrossed the city of Paris in search of sounds… My itinerary was built from walks, all having as their point of departure the official centre of Paris, the point 48.8534°N 2.3488°E on the square in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral.
I don’t wish to explain too much about this piece: instead, I prefer for the listener to be led through the work by their ear and imagination, much as I was led around the streets of Paris. Dérive seeks to explore the connections between environments… But Dérive is not only a documentary work: above all, it is poetic and mythological, a reading of the city at the present time, an exploration of the sounds, spaces, histories and cultures that shape Paris.
I walked over 100 kilometers in order to gather the materials for Dérive. I walked the full length of both banks of the Seine within the boundary of Boulevard Périphérique, recording the sounds of boats, gulls, the constant fluctuations of the river, it’s voice rushing and changing, reverberating in tunnels and under bridges, merging with the sounds of traffic in the open air. I recorded the tombs of the Panthéon, the streets of Montmartre, the ambience and beautifully melancholic songs of Sacré-Couer, Notre Dame and its surrounding areas; the creaking floorboards of the house of Gustave Moreau, the city sounds from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the tunnels of the Metro, dozens of street performers, office workers playing ping-pong during lunch breaks, children playing in Place des Vosges and…
At the conclusion of this work, it seems to me that Paris is a city of flow and friction, of movement and interruption. But perhaps more than this, it is a place of saturation and juxtaposition. I could walk 100 kilometers more, following the flow and haltering rhythms of the city, in silent reverie.
radioCona:ZimaDM, 15-19th February 2015, Slovenia (2015)
Invisible Places, 18-20th July 2014, Viseu (2014)
University of Leeds, 10th May, Leeds, UK (2014)
Festival Mixtur, Friday 25th May, Barcelona (2014)
Sonicueb, 26th March, London (2014)
International Festival of Artistic Innovation, 14th March,
Lamour, 23rd November, Stockholm (2013)
New Music North West Festival, 2nd November,
Café Sonore, Saturday 16th June, Radio 6 Netherlands (2013)
Klangkunst, Friday 26th April, Deutschlandradio Kultur (2013)
L’Atelier de Creation, Tuesday 7th May, Radio France Culture (2013)
Extension Festival, Paris (2013)
Distractfold Ensemble, Roca London Gallery (2013)
Archipel Festival, Geneva (2013)
The Sun Warms The Memory (2011), A stereo acousmatic work. 12′
This work is dedicated to Annette Vande Gorne and Musique et Recherches.
A series of memories interrupt, overlap and flow into one another on a summer’s day.
This piece is made exclusively from field-recordings taken in Brussels and Ohain in July 2011 and was begun at the studios of M&R and completed in the composer’s own studio.
The creation of this piece was supported by the PRS Foundation and the Bliss Trust.
Acousma, Corfu, 8th May 2019,
Electromania, Radio France Musique (2013),
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival, (2013),
Distractfold / Edge Music, London (2012),
Metamorphoses / Espace du Son, Brussels (2012),
Electrobelge, Brussels (2012),
Distractfold Ensemble, Manchester (2012)
Lightness (2011), a stereo acousmatic work. 2′
“…the search for lightness as a reaction to the weight of living.”
Cuenca, September 2011.
Ars Electronica, Austria, August 2011.
Manchester, March 2011.
Dead Poets (2010), a stereo acousmatic work. 20′
1. Central Park (A Conversation with Adam)
2. Last Stop
3. Coney Island, Baby
4. Phone Home / We Were Champions
The sounds used in Dead Poets are field recordings made in New York during April 2010 and April 2009.
Huddersfield, July 2011.
Prague, December 2010.
Manchester, October 2010.
Public Bodies (2009), A STEREO ACOUSMATIC WORK. 11′
Public Bodies explores the theme of voyeurism, both intentional and accidental.
This work was awarded in the 11th Electroacoustic Composition Competition Musica Viva 2010 by Misc Music Portugal and in the Joensuu Soundscape Composition Competition 2011.
Festival Encuentros, Cuenca, 2011.
Joensuu Soundscape Composition Competition, Finland, 2011.
IKDA, Sweden, 2011.
Dragonfly Festival, Sweden, 2010.
Week of Speakers, Huddersfield, 2010.
Turn Festival, Manchester, 2010.
MANTIS Festival, Manchester, 2009.
Pond Life (2007-2010), an interactive audiovisual installation work. ∞’
Pond Life is an ongoing series of interactive audiovisual installations involving simulated life forms projected into a water tank.
The installation is centered around a large water tank in the center of a darkened room. A projector mounted above displays a simulation of evolving micro-organisms living in a simulated fluid, consuming and producing colored nutrient which is advected by the fluid. As these simple creatures grow, feed, reproduce, mutate, combine, and die, they create an ever-changing soundscape built of sine waves, the simplest sonic elements.
Submerged hydrophones and an optional video camera mounted above allow viewers to interact with the simulation by perturbing the virtual fluid as they perturb the real one.
Cities of Sound / FutureEverything, Manchester, 2011.
Electroacoustic Fair, Aberdeen, 2010.
S.LOW Projekt, Berlin, 2010.
NYCEMF2, Manhattan, 2010.
ICMC, Montreal, 2009.
SAN EXPO, Plymouth, 2007.