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// Experimental classical club night feat. 30-piece orchestra, live experimental electronics & Nonclassical DJs //
Printworks, a stunning new music venue in south-east London, hosts a unique Nonclassical night of live music and DJ sets exploring the impact of computers and machines on new classical music.
Live acts include internationally acclaimed orchestra Southbank Sinfonia and Langham Research Centre, a collection of BBC Radio 3 producers united around a shared passion for obsolete analogue technology.
Rise of the Machines #2 showcases the world premiere of the first ever Concerto for Drum Machine & Orchestra, a work in five parts which places the drum machine centre stage as solo musical instrument, bringing the sounds of dance music and hip-hop to the classical world.
"exploring the intersection of club culture and modern classical music" (Attack magazine)
£15 adults / £8 concessions and under 25s
// LINE-UP //
* Southbank Sinfonia is an orchestra of outstanding young professionals described by The Times as ‘a dashing ensemble who play with exhilarating fizz, exactness and stamina’.
* Langham Research Centre, founded in 2003 by BBC Radio 3 producers, work with vintage equipment to perform 20th century classic electronic repertoire.
* Conductor: Jessica Cottis. Hailed in the UK music press as “one to watch”, Jessica Cottis possesses intellectual rigour, innate musicality and an easy authority; she is a charismatic figure on the podium who brings dynamism, intensity and clarity of vision to all her performances.
* Nonclassical DJs, including Laurence Osborn.
// PROGRAMME //
Nick Ryan & John Matthias: Cortical Songs (2008)
A work for string ensemble and solo violin in which the orchestra is partially controlled by the neural patterns of a tiny computer brain. The resultant work takes the orchestra into an ethereal sound world of lush strings juxtaposed with the skittering crackles of neural activity. Listen on Spotify or Bandcamp.
Barry Guy: Mr Babbage is Coming to Dinner! (2015)
This piece was inspired by Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No2 and was commissioned by the NMC. The graphic score hand-drawn and partially coloured by Barry Guy is a work of art in itself. It calls on spontaneity and improvisation from the orchestra.
Magnus Lindberg: Engine (1996)
The title of this piece is inspired by the computing language associated with using the Patchwork1 programme. "Engine" is a sort of generator of musical material, which operates according to the rules pre-established by the composer. The texture is composed by the machine, on which the composer imposes dozens of constraints2.
Funded through the PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.