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Network no.1 for String Quartet


 I’ve mentioned the piece a couple of times on here over the last few months, but wanted to wait for a performance/recording to explain it a little more. So here we are at last: Network no.1 for string quartet.

The score is a hybrid of graphic and traditional, with a graph network diagram functioning as a map, and traditionally notated reference. Each ‘node’ on the map relates to an element from the separately notated gamut of sonorities. The edges of the map signify a potential route from one musical element to another. The length of an edge determines the duration of the element to be performed. So in this sense the map represents the time-space and structure of the piece, while the reference contains the sonic material.

As previously mentioned here, the work exists in a a state of non-linearity. Performers work independently, following their own paths across score ‘maps’. Routes are determined stochastically (and regenerated each time the network graphs are compiles), although each player may choose their own starting point.

The recording was made on Tuesday, 7th May, 2013.

Many thanks to the performers for their time.

Violins – Alice Dawkins; Hannah Packman

Viola – Katherine Lambeth

Violoncello – Claudia Chapman

Thanks also to Tony @Big_Pause for his patient advice during the programming stage.

Download the score generation used for the recording: network1-score_thurley.pdf

[VIDEO] from Hibernate’s “Winter’s Gift”, live at Cafe Oto

Happy Holidays! Gianmarco Del Re has made a rather wonderful video of Hibernate’s christmas bash we played at on Dec 15th, 2012. It’s got some really nice shots of the gear we used that night and James and I trying to keep it under control.

Hibernate A Winter’s Gift from Gianmarco Del Re on Vimeo.

The sound seems only to be from our intro though so doesn’t totally capture the sound of the set, but a very good watch.

Shortly after this set I was also very kindly asked to come on Rich Hughes’ Cambridge radio show ‘The Visitor‘ for a chat and a bit of a live set. Unfortunately my gear crashed in the first take so had to try and pull it back with some chatter and spectralist improv. Now, you too can listen to me die of embarrassment on-air and talk about Aaliyah!

Collation of synth tests

I’ve been getting into modular synths (well, as far as one can on a far-less-than-limitless budget), and learning a lot about classic synthesis in the process. So far, I’ve acquired an Doepfer a-143-4 Quad LFO, a Harvestman Piston Honda VCO, a gnarly Plague Bearer filter, and a little Pittsburgh mixer unit all in the Eurorack format. Pretty limited setup as it goes, but I’ve got some fun patches out of it:

Hoping to use the setup to knock out a synth-y cassette sometime soon over on Coma Architects under the With-Zero name.

Post-Bradford; new synth


James sound checking at last night’s show in Bradford. We had a blast, great sets by Gaz Brown and Bridget Hayden. The film we accompanied by Eoin Shea looked beautiful!


As part of the With Zerø project I mentioned a while back, I’ve made the move to building a modular synthesiser – in part a longer plan to learn more about ‘traditional’ electronic music synthesis, and also for some cool tech geeking. Only two Eurorack modules for the time being (fuck, they’re expensive?!): a Doepfer A-143-4 quadVCLFO, and a FoH Plague Bearer filter/drive/bat-shit-noise module. Really enjoying the squelchy sounds you can coax out of this simple setup!
Doepfer a-143-4 & FoH Plague Bearer by With Zero

Will put a few more short ideas up soon, currently working on a first release under the With Zero name. Should be fun! In the meantime, remember that you can download the first of the Sleep drones for free:
Sleep #1 by With Zero

New Project

Been ticking the idea over of a new solo-project for a while now. Ithaca is something of an unwieldly beast when it comes to live performance, so I’ve been throwing around this idea of stripping things right down… only to re-build them much, much more complicated.

So the premise is this: electronics done very live. No safety nets. Taking ideas from free-improv, live-coding, and hardware-hacking.

Here’s a short recording from the first rehearsal earlier today. Live-coding in SuperCollider3; and live-splicing of loops on the Akai reel-to-reel:

Rehearsal #1 (.mp3 | 11.5 MB @ 320kbps)

[Admission: this is only a short edit, so the SynthDefs & Patterns were already defined in SC3, and the loop had been cut]

The idea for doing this live would be to start blank: empty tape & empty code.

Hangover update: it’s 2012

Today I remembered I have a blog. So, some news:

Coma Architects
‘Grow Flowers’ COMA-04 is now sold out. Thanks to everyone who bought it, had a lot of fun putting that one together so it’s really nice to know its now out in the wild.
There are still a couple of copies of ‘Quiet, Please’ kicking about the lab, but if you don’t have a copy yet don’t jump to order just yet because…
COMA-05 is on the way!more news once the artwork is together, but for now settle safe in the knowledge that it’s a soundscape I’m particularly proud of, and I’ve once again collaborated with the amazing Sam Little on design and print duties. Needless to say this will be something special!

I was ill; played in London
Had the honour of playing the Hibernate x Home Normal Christmas village bonanza thing back in December. I was sick as a dog but eminent philosopher and sometimes housemate, James Lavender pulled me through and we had a LOT of fun playing to a room full of hip southerners (including *some* females, which for a drone festival is a bit disorientating). Big thanks to those who endured us while they waited for Machinefabriek to play.
Props to Gianmarco Del Re for filming everyone and doing unnerving close ups on James and I:

Ithaca Trio from Gianmarco Del Re on Vimeo.

Live at the Dalston Vic – excerpt – 18 December 2011 -presented by Home Normal / Hibernate

Doing some new things:
Not really at the stage where it’s worth talking about any of them yet, but keep yer lids peeled here and on the Coma Architects site for more news soon. Some new projects, collaborations, projects, etc.

Also, if you’re Leeds based I keep getting roped into playing Jazz records at Nation of Shopkeepers on Cookridge street on a Sunday. It’s a great atmosphere, I essentially just drink and play records until I start playing afro-beat and fall over. If you’re in town come join!

Grow Flowers (COMA-04)

presenting COMA-04:


a 3″ CDr by Ithaca Trio

GROW FLOWERS is a two-track EP, recorded live on November 29th, 2011. Featuring soundscape recordings; Derek Bailey inspired guitars; frequency-domain processing; AM Radio; and microtonal sine-waves.

Strictly limited to an edition of 45 (one per customer), each copy comes in a handmade yellow card fold. The blood-flowers artwork is wax-dripped and drawn by hand, ensuring each EP is unique and personal.



1. Flowers (08:03)

2. Grow (11:37)



£4.50 [UK +£1; EU +£1.50; WRLD +£2]

COMA-04 is available to pre-order now from the shop or by emailing me (ollie[dot]thurley[at]gmail[dot]com), with copies shipping out early next week (I’m in Amsterdam until 12/12/11). For those coming to the Hibernate/Home Normal show in Dalston (18/12/11), save yourself on postage – I will hold back some copies for the show so you can buy them there.

If you would like a download link, send me a message after you order and I’ll send one your way.



End of October: Update: JUMBO; COMA; MMus; I3; CODE

Very often, I forget I have this site. I do something which I should really post about, but I don’t and then nobody knows about it, then I forget about it.


Last week was Jumbo Records‘ 40th birthday. Jumbo are without a doubt the greatest records store I’ve ever set foot in, so I felt privileged to get asked to help them celebrate. Props to Adam & Matt!
To mark the occasion, Coma Architects made a soundscape recording of the shop on it’s 39th year, 364th day… pressed it to CDr, recruited the amazing designer Sam Little (aka Slitt) to screen print us a bunch of ‘worn record stacks’ covers, and delivered them to the shop on the big day. Really proud of the art/prints on this one. Sam’s done an amazing job of wearing everything to look like gnarled minimalist records. The paint-flecks on everything are some real legit DIY shit!

There’s 10 copies left, they’re £4 (+ whatever P&P is). If you’d like one, drop us a line. First come, first served.


Got the initial marks from my masters back yesterday, absolutely blown away. Passed with distinction, so needless to say – I’m currently being a gloating bastard.


Well, the creative pact kind of dropped off didn’t it? Turns out working minimum wage jobs for marathon length shifts kinda saps the creativity out of you… who knew. Still stamina building, I’m going to get back on the coding this week – currently battling for efficient ways of controlling multiple Servo motors via serial communication between Arduino & Processing. #DelimitingFail


Got a few more Ithaca releases lined up on Coma Architects over the next few months with more art by Slitt. Also hoping to get a release out by a good friend of mine that’s gonna blow socks off.

Also got some Ithaca plans for Tokyo Droning & Hibernate records at some point. And a gig before 2012…

COMA-02 :: Quiet, Please on sale now…

Coma Architects & Ithaca Trio are proud to announce the release of COMA-02:

Quiet, Please - music from a silent place of study (19:25)

‘Quiet, Please’ is an 80mm CDr release, documenting the degeneration of society’s sonic landscape through location recordings, tape-loops and double bass.

Head over to the Coma Architects page to read more and order…