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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!

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!