For close to a decade, Portland’s Peter Broderick has cut his own unpredictable path through the world of contemporary music. So far, his wanderings have led him from solo works into the realms of film, dance and documentary scores, as well as art installations.
Now Peter takes that unpredictability one step further. For his latest album, a series of voice and piano recordings, he experiments with chance, surrendering an entire song’s composition to the roll of dice.
The fourth instalment of this series invited Berlin-based composer, producer and sound designer Ben Lukas Boysen for a very special album listening session for ‘Spells’, the new album by Be, hosted Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy of Classic Album Sundays.
‘Spells’ merges programmed piano pieces with live instruments, combining the controllable technical world and the often unpredictable aspects of live improvisation. In some ways it continues where his underground debut ‘Gravity’ left off, though a lot of weight is lifted, making room for a lighter and more energetic listen. Friend and fellow Erased Tapes artist Nils Frahm mixed and mastered both albums. Ben is not a master pianist like his dear friend, but his sound collages are so meticulously designed that after hearing the result an impressed Nils declared: “from now on, if anyone asks – this is a real piano”.
Max Reinhardt from BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction presented this special Master Class by Lubomyr Melnyk for the third episode of the Meet The Composer series
The pioneer of continuous music performed a special master class, discussing the general philosophy of his piano technique, and its ability to expand the performer’s capabilities. Spanning from his improvised solo piano exercises, published asMeditation, to his signature double piano playing in the continuous mode – this intimate face-to-face session give his fans a better understanding of his unique approach and touch to the instrument. Lubomyr will also performed two newly composed pieces, live for the first time.
After a much talked about first event, which saw Erased Tapes singer-songwriter Douglas Dare recite the poems from his debut album, Max Reinhardt from BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction presented the second part of their innovative series with a seasoned composer, Michael Price.
This intimate evening saw Michael perform excerpts from his newly published sheet music book A Stillness for String Quartet – rearranged for piano and cello. Michael also performed exclusively some newly composed pieces, accompanied by his long-term collaborator and cellist Peter Gregson.
About Michael Price
Michael Price's first real composing was for contemporary dance choreographers over 20 years ago. Price loved the freedom and creativity of that world, but when he was offered a chance to be the assistant to the late Michael Kamen on the film score for Paramount picture Event Horizon in 1996, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss. From there led being part of some great film score projects over the years.
The first composer to feature in this exciting new series saw Douglas read from his newly published lyric book Nine Poems, containing poems and short prose on the theme of unrest. With the piano at the core, he recited the songs that form his highly anticipated debut album Whelm – released May 2014 on Erased Tapes
About Douglas Dare
Douglas Dare is a London-based singer-songwriter, originally from the coastal town of Bridport. Douglas’ rich and haunting vocals are combined with lyrics crafted from his own poems and short prose, a writing style that gives his intimate songs wisdom far beyond his 23 years.