MATHEW ADKINS FRAGMENTED VISIONS (MPSCD015)
An outstanding collection of seven electronic compositions which have been broadcast and performed worldwide and featured in numerous international festivals.
Mathew Adkins is a composer, performer, and lecturer of electronic music. Born in 1972 in Leamington, England, he was introduced to electronic and acousmatic music during his music studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After he graduated from Cambridge in 1993 he pursued postgraduate research in electronic music at the University of Birmingham with Jonty Harrison and later at the University of East Anglia with Simon Waters.
He first came to international attention in 1995 with two works: "Melt" and "Clothed in the Soft Horizon", which were awarded the Stockholm Electronic Arts Award, Prix de Residence at Bourges and the Grand Prix of Musica Nova Prague. He has since been awarded prizes at the Bourges International Competition in 1997, 1999, 2001; Luigi Russolo Competition in 1994, 2000, 2001; and at EAR'95, and Musica Nova 1996.
He was a member of the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre from 1993 -1995 and a Director of the Sonic Arts Network of Great Britain between 1995-1997. In 1998 he became co-artistic Director of the Electric Spring Festival in Huddersfield, and is co-founder of the recently formed multimedia group r.a.r.e. experimental. His works have been broadcast and performed worldwide and have been featured in numerous international festivals including the Bourges Synthese 1995 & 1997 (France), the Aspekte Festival (Austria), Futura (France), the Stockholm Electronic Arts Festival (Sweden), A.C.M.C. (New Zealand), I.C.M.C. (China) Symposium VII (Brazil).
MARK ALEXANDER BROMWICH ROUTE (MPSCD014)
An original musical score for a multimedia/dance production.
Developed from sounds sampled on location in the Yorkshire Pennines heavily manipulated and subjected to various electro-acoustic processes.
MICHAEL CLARKE REFRACTIONS (MPSCD003)
Four pieces of electroacoustic music by Michael Clarke, composed between 1984 and 1991. 'Uppvaknande' and 'Malarsang' were composed in Sweden. 'Refractions' and 'Epicycle', composed in Huddersfield, combine solo instruments with MIDI synthesisers. The soloists are the excellent Barrie Webb, trombone, and Philip Mead, piano. Clarke has a wonderful sense of sound!
Michael Clarke was born in Grimsby in 1956. He studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Durham University where his composition teachers were at first David Lumsdaine and later John Casken. He also studied electronic and computer music with Peter Manning.
His works have received many performances and broadcasts throughout the world. In 1983 his composition 'Soundings' was awarded the CIM France prize at the Bourges Competition for Electroacoustic Music and in 1984 'Uppvaknande' won the Chandos prize at Musica Nova in Glasgow. More recently 'Epicycle' was selected by an international jury for performance at the 1994 International Computer Music Conference in Tokyo.
Clarke is also active in programming for computer music. His unit generator for FOF synthesis has become a standard part of MIT's CSound and is very widely used. 'SYnthia', a Computer Assisted Learning program developed together with Stuart Hunter, was awarded the 1994 European Academic Software Award for humanities.
His compositions and research activities have resulted in extended periods abroad working in major international studios: EMS, Stockholm; IRCAM, Paris; Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
Since 1987 Michael Clarke has been Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studios at the University of Huddersfield where he is a Principal Lecturer.
BARRY LEWIS CURVES & JARS (MPSCD002)
The twenty short pieces and two longer compositions which constitute "Curves and Jars" are based on a series of eight-note melodies that were generated randomly by a dice algorithm using the 1/f noise equation formulated by Voss. But, given the approach, the amazing thing about this music is that it's so full of attractive melodies, harmonies and rhythms. A very popular recording!
"The 1/f noise equation is found in nature, in the geometry of irregular forms such as coastlines, rivers, clouds and star clusters. Taking my cue from this suggestive meeting of order and chaos, I imposed familiar musical grids upon the fractal melodies, using computer software. I divided the material into "Curves" and "Jars", two shorthand terms for music which is predominantly ambient or rhythmic." — Barry Lewis
Barry Lewis is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sunderland. He has the distinction of a literary work, "Kazuo Ishiguro", published by Manchester University Press as part of their Contemporary World Writers series.
NUNO CAGE EPHEMERAL HISTORIES (MPSCD004)
Engaging and thoughtful electronic and electro-acoustic music in a collection which amounts to a retrospective of Carey Nutman and Geoff Nossiter's highly individualised work as a duo.
CAREY NUTMAN CONTRASTS (MPSCD001)
Eleven contrasting pieces of electronic music composed by Carey Nutman between 1989 and 1993, some while he was studying (with Michael Clarke) for an MA in composition at Huddersfield University.
CAREY NUTMAN CONTRASTS 2 (MPSCD006)
Five more recent pieces of electroacoustic music by Carey Nutman "Subcontinental Subtractions", (dance music, or is it just pop?), "South Downs Study", (systems music), "Oloroso", (avant-garde computer musique-concrète), "Patricia Too", (complex polyrhythms), and "Real Lax", (ultra-minimalist music, very relaxing).
CAREY NUTMAN THE LIGHT STUFF VOL 1 (MPSCD010)
"Stretching Out Over The Yet Unknown"—relaxing ambient music. An extended electronic work composed and performed by Carey Nutman. Nutman's stated goal is to create music for relaxation. This music with its intricate melodic and rhythmic patterns has it’s own strange fascination.
CAREY NUTMAN THE LIGHT STUFF VOL 2 (MPSCD011)
"Stretch Out Even Further"—Relaxing ambient music. An ambient hour of relaxation in a deep electronic ocean of sound slowly swaying washes and rhythmic currents, depths and shallows, air and light, darkness and solitude - an electronic work composed and performed by Carey Nutman.
CAREY NUTMAN POUR UNE FRANCAISE (MPSCD008)
Four computer music manipulations composed using CDP (The Composers’ Desktop Project) software.
"Pour Une Française" 1999). "Rituals Do Matter" (1998). "Saffron Slides, Ivolin Mix" (1996), featuring Ivor McGregor, violin. "Saxophone Tapestry" (1997, revised 1999), featuring Dave Allenby, saxophone.
CAREY NUTMAN TANG (MPSCD009)
Electronic Music by Carey Nutman.
A collection of four pure electronic works from 1992 -2004.
"Dos Olorosos", from 2004, is, in effect, an expanded, more complex canon form remix of my "Oloroso" ('94), which is an example of avant-garde computer musique-concrète. "Victory of Carbon" is the story of the conflict and struggle for supremacy between the elements carbon and silicon. (We think of life on Earth as being carbon-based, i.e. "life as we know it". But silicon-based life could have evolved on Earth, and may be present on other planets.) "Another Observation Point" is my 1991 string quartet score arranged for an ensemble of synthesisers. "Tinatangerines" is my homage to Tangerine Dream. —CN
DOINA ROTARU (MPSCD007)
A rare collection of Rotaru's large-scale work. Her extraordinary music employs sound and timbre patterns recalling primary Romanian and far Eastern folk sources together with structural principles determined by symbolic value and function, incorporating sacred numbers, circular and spiral shapes.
Performed by Pierre-Yves Artaud (flutes); Emil Sein(saxes); Huddersfield University Symphony Orchestra; Huddersfield University New Music Ensemble.
Flute Concerto No. 1 (1986); Symphony No. 2 (1988); Concerto for Saxophone(s) & Orchestra (1993).
VARIOUS [see below] NAMASTE CLARINET QUARTET (MPSCD005)
Namaste Clarinet Quartet perform contemporary music by Sergio Calligaris, Tzvi Avni, Guido Arbonelli, Marco Montaguti, Alexander Graur, James Clarke, Daniele Gasparini, Gian Luca Deserti.
From the high-pitched tension of the piccolo clarinet in E flat, right down to the deep eloquence of the bass clarinet, this disc is definitely rather unusual. The variety (and the novelty) of the harmonic solutions, and of the mix of timbres, is assured by both the high degree of skill of the interpreters, and by the wealth of ideas of the composers—resulting in truly great music.
The Namaste Clarinet Quartet began in 1991 to fill the need of proposing and popularising unusual and rarely heard programmes. Indeed, the most important part of the ensemble's work aims at the realisation, in collaboration with emerging contemporary composers, of projects designed to expand further than the small circle of "cultural concerts". This quartet chose its name after an Indian greeting which means "I honour in you the place where paradise lies, if you are in me and I am in you, we will be united", indicating thus the sense of unity—not only understanding and harmony—that should characterise any chamber orchestra. The ensemble's programmes range from classical to contemporary music, with openings in jazz and popular music, using most of the instruments of the clarinet family and extending the group with singing, piano, harp, percussion and accordion.
VARIOUS [see below] SONIC ART FROM... (MPSCD013)
Sonic Art from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Huddersfield and Newcastle.
Electro-acoustic works by Douglas Doherty, Alistair MacDonald, Pete Stollery and Mark Alexander Bromwich.
BARRIE WEBB & TY UNWIN BIG STEEL DRUM (MPSCD012)
Tuneful music by the instrumental duo of Barrie Webb and Ty Unwin, who draw upon many instrumental colors to create listenable musical textures with lilting rhythms, evocative of the natural world. Enjoy the haunting melodies and driving rhythms of Unwin's unique style on "Big Wheel" and "Big Steel Drum" for trombone and "African Violet" alongside Webb's "Second Skin" for didgeridoo, clapsticks and tape—which enjoys great popularity in concert performances across the globe.
Webb plays trombone and didgeridoo in this collaboration with BBC composer Unwin, who plays all the other instruments.