Apartment House playing Turner Piece, Apartment House and Metro @ OTO

Turner Piece

The Apartment House ensemble, directed by Anton Lukoszevieze, premiered three new works of mine – Turner Piece, Apartment House (Building Stories) and Metro – in Cafe OTO London in October.

For these works I divided the string sextet into a Left and Right, stereo, sub-ensemble.

‘Turner Piece’ is about vast natural landscapes and their micro textures. Impressionistic distant views one can find in paintings by Turner, with a few miniature details. The waving of a reed bed with the tiny rustling of dried flower heads. These sonic details are generated by the rustling paper sounds of turning the pages of the score.

‘Apartment House (Building Stories)’ – looking up the face of a tall white tower block, majestically resonating in the sunshine and in your mind. Watching its details: corners, windows, lintels, dry riser inlet, brick, plaster, brick. Going into the shiny new building, new future in gloss and marble. Flowers, charging buzz, cozy curtains, sofa, bed, table  …….and half a bin bag*. That’s how I know these buildings. In their future. Redundant. Moldy, leaking, cold, dark. Uncomfortable. Unhappy. Up the out of date inspected elevator to the top. Up on the fire escape. To the very top. To breath. Breath in and breath out. Have a view of the world.

*the rules for squatting a place in the Netherlands was that there should be a bed, table with chair and half a bin bag present.

‘Metro’ – sitting in a reasonable full carriage in the London underground at rush hour. No one speaks. People are reading their free newspaper. This setting is the inspiration of working with paper page turning. Its wonderful fluttering sound in the abstract geometrical phasing in and out sounds of the metro. Some read casually, some are absorbed. Some take sensational stories to heart, some don’t. All in the rectangular space of the underground rhythms.

Darren Michael made this great video of the concert. Music recorded by James Dunn, Cafe Oto, mixed and mastered by Jobina Tinnemans. An ‘Embedded’ commission by Sound And Music.

Apartment House @20 are go!

Apartment House

Apartment House is celebrating their 20 years anniversary in style with many exciting concerts in upcoming months. BBC3 Radio made a wonderful programme about Anton Lukoszevieze and Apartment House – it’s the last couple of days to catch this broadcast on iPlayer here: Apartment House @20 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b065wvmf

For the latest concert updates follow on Twitter @house_apartment or Anton Lukoszevieze​​ on Facebook. Website www.apartmenthouse.co.uk

Three works from my Apartment House ‘Embedded’ commission will premiere in Cafe Oto on October 22nd.

Apartment House


Find it in the phonebook

Oh glory! Ha! I was wondering how to print a score on delicate tissue paper, as relatively thin newspaper paper still seems to be a bit too heavy for the sound that I’m after…. the answer came through the letterbox in the shape of a (new) phonebook, today. Put straight into good use.

It sounds particularly nice pre-crinkled. #turnerpiece



Scoring the Page Turner

I’m scoring out the page turns for my new work which features the sound of various qualities of paper page turning. It’s not only about its timing and paper type, but I’m also scoring the stereo panning.

So very much can’t wait to see this happening.


Processed Paper – Weekly Sonic Sketchbook #2


I’m working on a Sound And Music ‘Embedded’ commission for the experimental Apartment House ensemble. The page turning sound of the player’s paper score makes part of piece.

I have been trying out whether or not to use sound processing on the paper sounds, resulting in a few hours worth of Paper FX recordings, very soundscape-like – stormy, watery, leafy all the way to actual beats and rhythms. Below is a random sound bite from these recordings for this week’s Sonic Sketchbook. It’s just fascinating how one source of sound can change into so many different guises.

Page Turner – Weekly Sonic Sketchbook #1

Currently I’m working on a composition for the exquisite Apartment House ensemble. Turning the pages of it’s paper score is part of the ensemble as an instrument. I’ve been recording several paper qualities the  score might be printed on – so far rice paper is my favourite.

This week I picked two studies, one sketch where you can hear something starts to develop, a feeling of the abstract, yet inspired by natural textures, sound I am after. Followed by an earlier attempt that doesn’t work in my opinion.

NB listening to it through my devices without headphones I completely miss out on the quite crucial stereo effect. 

 here it’s starting to gel….

…not sure about this one