Lawrence Casserley and Friends – Electronic Explorations. Sunday 12 November 3:30

Lawrence Casserley is celebrating fifty years of making music with electronic means. He has a history of creative collaborations with a huge variety of musicians, poets and visual artists. His Signal Processing Instrument draws the sounds of his colleagues into new sonic landscapes. Casserley has worked with a wide variety of musicians including duos with Philipp Wachsmann, Evan Parker, Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, Jeffrey Morgan, Alan Tomlinson and Viv Corringham; larger groups including the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble and the Electroacoustic Cabaret; and various other groups and collaborations. He has recordings on many labels including psi, Amirani, Bead, Creative Sources, FMR and uniSono.

“… the certainty is that Lawrence Casserley can be more innovative and creative than many of the ringleaders of the young generation of ‘laptoppers’.” Rui Eduardo Paes

Today he brings together two of his established collaborators, plus an exciting younger duo. An important feature of this event is that each of the participants has a distinctive personal approach to the use of electronic sound.

Paul Obermayer (born 1964) is a composer/improvisor living in London. He produces electronic music – primarily in the duo FURT with Richard Barrett and in the improvising trio BARK! with Rex Casswell (electric guitar) and Phillip Marks (percussion) – as well as notated instrumental pieces. Since 2004 he has been a regular member of the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. The fORCH octet, based around FURT, was launched in 2005. Recent work has included a week-long residency by FURT at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, a forthcoming live album by BARK! and a new solo piano piece, skeleton.

Martin Hackett is a member of Oxford Improvisers and the Muzzix collective in Lille. He has spent many years exploring the Korg MS10 synthesiser, a monophonic semi-modular keyboard dating from 1978. The basis of this exploration has been to externalize the various patch connections, enabling much greater flexibility and immediacy of response, using crocodile-clip cables instead of ¼ inch jacks. The only modifications he has made have been the addition of a sample-and-hold circuit and of a rate switch on the LFO. He currently routes the oscillator of the MS10 through a modified Frostwave Blue Ringer ring modulator. All modifications have been made with the help of James Walker of Synth Repair Services. He has played the MS10 in many groupings, but has preferred small formations, particularly the duo,  for example with Lawrence Casserley, Pat Thomas, Steve Noble and Daniel Thompson.

Daniel James Ross & Suso Flores
Experimental electro-acoustic duet featuring handmade algorithms, modular synthesis and circuit-bent toys. Bleep blop bloop.

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