Tuesday 11 December 2018, 7.30pm

Photo by Viet-Xuan Williams

Langham Research Centre + Howlround

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Langham Research Centre and Howlround present an evening of music inspired by tape and classic musique concrète processes.

Hot on the heels of performances in Japan with Jim O'Rourke and Kassel Jaeger, LRC return with new electronic works created using obsolete technology. Howlround's performances see natural acoustic sounds manipulated live on reel-to-reel tape, with effects strictly forbidden.

And, Langham Research Centre and Howlround join forces for a rare performance of John Cage's epic 1955 work, “Speech” for 5 radios and newsreader.

Langham Research Centre

Langham Research Centre - Felix Carey, Iain Chambers, Philip Tagney and Robert Worby - make experimental music using resources and ideas that, until recently, were considered obsolete. Their music is made using tape recorders, cassette machines, radios and devices found in recording studios. Their inspiration is driven by the soundworlds produced by maverick composers working in the middle of the 20th century


‘First coming to prominence with hugely-acclaimed 2012 LP The Ghosts Of Bush, Howlround have now expanded to a sextet (four machines, two people) and create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines, with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden – a process that has seen their work compared to William Basinski, Philip Jeck, Morton Feldman and even the sculptures of Rachel Whiteread’.

In an age where one can create all manner of electronic music with a simple swipe of a mouse, Howlround prove not only how much fun is to be had in making things complicated again, but conversely just how little effort is sometimes needed to create a genuinely uncanny and beguiling sound-world: the rough underbelly of our pristine, Pro-Tools universe. Since then, they have released four more LPs – 2013’s Secret Songs Of Savamala, recorded almost entirely in a flooded basement in wintry Serbia, 2014’s Torridon Gate, which was created using an ordinary suburban garden gate, 2015’s Tales From The Black Tangle and 2017’s A Creak In Time. They have also released tracks on numerous compilations and one side of a split album The Blow vol. 2.


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