27 novembre 2017

Lo spirito e le invenzioni del glorioso BBC Radiophonic Workshop fervono più che mai vivaci ed attuali nelle pratiche del Langham Research Centre - Felix Carey, Iain Chambers, Philip Tagney e Robert Worby - che pubblicano in questi giorni un primo splendido compendio del loro intendere e volere: Tape Works vol. 1, per la londinese Nonclassical.

Langham Research Centre came together in 2003 with the purpose of using a studio as their instrument: a studio with microphones and also, crucially, several ¼” tape machines. From the start they were interested in manipulating sound on tape and in focussing on one sound source, or a small number of sounds. Like an early music group’s use of historic instruments, LRC continue to work with obsolete equipment including tape recorders, gramophone cartridges and sine wave oscillators, to perform authentic versions of 20th century classic electronic repertoire by John Cage, Alvin Lucier and others. They also use this instrumentarium to compose new music, which is the focus of their recent release on Nonclassical, Tape Works Vol. 1. The album has a range of works from their early “musique concrète” miniatures to recent modular works of extended duration. It follows their 2014 release for Sub Rosa, Early Electronic and Tape Music, featuring LRC's new releases of John Cage's music. It documents the origins of Langham Research Centre as a late night experimental gathering in BBC Studios, through to their present day long-form radiophonic works including The Dark Tower, inspired by the life and work of Nikola Tesla, and Muffled Ciphers, inspired by J G Ballard’s most experimental novel The Atrocity Exhibition (1970). From doors to laughter, field recordings and found sound, nothing is out of bounds on this unique sonic journey.