An introduction to Cortical Songs

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An introduction to Cortical Songs

Cortical Songs is a work in four movements by Nick Ryan and John Matthias for string ensemble and solo violin in which the orchestra is partially controlled by a tiny computer 'brain'. It's being performed live at Rise of the Machines #2 on 18 March in Village Underground, Shoreditch. Find out more about this groundbreaking piece.

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Writing a concerto for a drum machine...

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Writing a concerto for a drum machine...

18 March is the date the world's first Concerto for Drum Machine & Orchestra will be heard live, in a gig hosted at Village Underground, as part of Convergence festival. Each of the five parts has been written by a different composer, each with their own style. We interview the composers...

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Jessica Cottis // Rise of the Machines

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Jessica Cottis // Rise of the Machines

Watch brilliant Jessica Cottis talk about her upcoming gig at Rise of the Machines #2 on 18 March at Village Underground in our Nonclassical video interview. The conductor tells us more about what she's most looking forward to, how she prepared for the performance and gives us an outlook on the future of technology and classical music.

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An Interview with Laurence Osborn

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An Interview with Laurence Osborn

The first ever Concerto for Drum Machine & Orchestra, which will have its premiere at Rise of the Machines #2 on March 18, is made up of five different parts, each written by a different composer. We interviewed composer Laurence Osborn to find out more about the composition process, his vision and inspiration for the work and why his movement Interdimensional Cable is called after an episode of the TV series Rick and Morty.

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Tre Voci on Resonance FM

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Tre Voci on Resonance FM

The London-based cello ensemble Tre Voci has recently had a chat with Resonance FM and  shared some of their music live in the studio, including pieces from their upcoming performance at Union Chapel and excerpts from their release on nonclassical records, which will be launched on the same day.

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An Interview with Gregor Riddell & Torun Stavseng

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An Interview with Gregor Riddell & Torun Stavseng

The British-Norwegian Cello Ensemble Tre Voci performs a repertoire ranging from transcriptions of medieval and renaissance vocal music to contemporary commissions. Members Torun Stavseng and Gregor Riddell tell us more about their London performance at Union Chapel, their collaboration with pianist and organist Kit Downes and their fascination with Gamelan music.

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An interview with Bryn Harrison

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An interview with Bryn Harrison

Bryn Harrison, a recipient of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers, has composed To Shadow, a new 35-minute piece work to be premiered in Union Chapel on 7 February by the unique combination of cello trio (Tre Voci), gamelan (Southbank Gamelan Players) and organ (Kit Downes). We interviewed him to find out more about his new composition, ahead of hearing it live in Islington's stunning octagonal Grade I-listed church.

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