Ahead of the Cut & Splice Festival they’re hosting in Manchester on 10 and 11 March, they’ve picked out their ‘curational inspirations’ – a wonky bunch of electronics, experimental noise, post-classical, pop and techno to delight and bewilder.
Determined to test our listening abilities by revealing hidden sonorities in instruments, objects and the city, the ensemble has brought together pieces from today's most forward-thinking sonic artists for Cut & Splice 2017.
Supported by Sound and Music in partnership with Arts Council England and BBC Radio 3, the two-day bonanza promises an immersive, experimental, and sometimes inexplicable sonic journey in the future of music.
Here’s sneaky peek into the sounds that have influenced their choices…
Horatiu Radulescu - Das Andere Opus
This is what I call a ‘teleportation piece’. Five bars into the piece and you're in a different universe.
Hanna Hartman - Message From the Lighthouse
I dislike recordings of birds in electroacoustic music except for this one. This gives me the creeps! I love it.
Eli Keszler - Cold Pin 1
I'm amazed by the textural beauty of his practice.
Demdike Stare - Airborne Latency
Lê Quan Ninh - La Ville Et Das Sinusoïdes à Petit Budget
Anything by Ninh. With Ninh one learns to find proportions as inherent qualities of the materials as they interact and as a function of a permanently developing intuition. The composition verses improvisation debate (finally!) neutered.
David Bowie - Blackstar
There's a lot to be loved and longed for here. It's on this list because of the sound and pattern of the bass drums. The awesome mix of the sampled, the synthesised and the acoustic/performed. I've borrowed these bass drums.
Ryoji Ikeda - data.matrix
A lesson in pacing and hybridised layering.
Bernard Parmegiani - Sonare, Mouvement 1
This was the first piece by Parmegiani that I heard and still my favourite. Alchemical, the combination a keen ear and a playful mind (and vice versa).
Éliane Radigue - Kyema (Intermediate States)
Listen to this at considerable volume, and then listen to rest of Trilogie De La Mort.
Scott Walker - Clara
A thing of architectural beauty and one of my absolute favourites. Meat-punching percussion is an added bonus (really).
Andy Stott - Execution
Yeaaaah mate! A brutal slice of midnight from a fellow Mancunian.