We began in April 2012 with our first year of monthly concerts, finishing on March 11th 2013. Series 2 started in April 2014 with the addition to the Tuesdays Post team of multi-talented and large-brained “Darkroom” duo, Andrew Ostler (Expert Sleepers) and Michael Bearpark and ran more-or-less monthly until June 2015. Series 3 has proven to be less regular due to other commitments so do watch this space, sign up for the mailing list..
Ok, so let’s look at some keys words that describe our style and ethos, and the type of music we aim to present in our series.
Ambient. as a signpost. Such music has many names: ambient, new age, contemporary instrumental, experimental, space-rock, chill-out, ambient techno, ambient trance, mood music, world music, new acoustic music.
Progressive. Favouring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are. Making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: a progressive community. Connected to music the word describes a genre; it means adventure in complexity, virtuosity, complex rhythms, abstract lyrics, unusual structures.
Minimalism. Repetition, effects of stasis and change, shifting harmonies, processes unfolding.
Electro-acoustic. Is the genre style of music which is the father of the electronic music era. Most of the instruments made with the use of electricity to make them work, came from the research labs around the World during the late 40’s onwards. And I hasten to add some of the wakiest composition tools are still being pioneered from the research music facilities, take, GRM tools and Max/MSP as examples. Electro-acoustic music is the furthest we can get away from referential music. Often in a piece we can’t even discern what originated the sounds so we describe what we hear in terms of texture, gesture, auditory positioning and timbre. How great to be free of thinking labels “Cello” “Lady Gaga” “Hip-hop”. Sound at it’s most formal.
Improvisation thrown into the mix here we get a type of style I think you can imagine.. there’s lots of scope for variation…
The excitement of solving “issues” on the fly is quite addictive.. How do you deal with the moment? Contingency plans are the “live with electronics” performer’s best friend because it never really goes wrong.. the moment just takes you somewhere you hadn’t planned on going and this can be just as exciting for the audience as it is for the performers.