Obsolve and Zoetrope

The London Sinfonietta will be performing two newly commissioned short pieces by Isambard Khroustaliov on the 21st October and 5th November entitled Obsolve and Zoetrope. Obsolve is scored for solo percussion with amplification and Zeotrope for quintet (clarinet, violin, horn, ‘cello and flute).

Commissioned as part of the Sinfonietta’s Writing the Future scheme and drawing on previous written work with instrumentalists (documented on the album Ohka), they represent some tentative first steps into the world of contemporary composed music without the use of digital sound processing. The scores for both works are available via the links below.

for solo percussion and amplification – duration: 5 mins

@ Sonic Explorations 2 – Friday 21st October 2011, 8pm, KIngs Place, London.

for quintet (clarinet, violin, horn, ‘cello and flute) – duration: 7 mins

@ Pavillions 2 – Saturday 5th November 2011, 6pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London.

You can also catch a purely digital solo set, reworking of some of the material from both pieces in support of Blurt on the 28th October, details tbc.

New Release – Flensburg

‘Flensburg’, the new Icarus / Badun split EP is now available via Bandcamp. There are also some reviews up on the Liminal and the Danish magazine Gaffa.

Also, a big thank you to everyone who helped organise the Icarus tour this spring and to everyone who came out to the shows. Icarus are set to return with a new studio album in the autumn, you can keep posted about it through the Icarus website.

Flat Home

Created for the Not Applicable Artists Festival in Berlin this summer by Martin Hampton (shot in and around his native Somerset, navigating the shores of the Bristol Channel and further afield), Flat Home received two screenings with different combinations of instrumentalists improvising to it on each night. The resulting soundtrack is a hybrid of the two:

Flat Home – A film by Martin Hampton

Music improvised to the film on two successive nights during the Not Applicable Artists Festival of Experimental Music and Film, Berlin 2010.

Finnlandzentrum – Tuesday 7th September 2010

Stevko Busch – piano
Lothar Ohlmeier – bass clarinet
Tom Arthurs – trumpet
Isambard Khroustaliov – computer

Babette – Wednesday 8th September 2010

Tobias Klein – bass clarinet
Kai Wolff – computer
Roy Caroll – electronics
Lothar Ohlmeier – bass clarinet
Maurizio Ravalico – percussion
Rudi Fischerlehner – drumkit
Tom Arthurs – trumpet
Isambard Khroustaliov – computer

Recorded and mixed by Isambard Khroustaliov.
Music edited by Isambard Khroustaliov with Martin Hampton.