• Village Underground (map)
  • 54 Holywell Lane
  • London, England, EC2A 3PQ
  • United Kingdom

Classical club night exploring the influence of computers & AI on music, feat. 30-piece orchestra, live experimental electronics & Nonclassical DJs.

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)

Village Underground, London
Sunday, March 18, 8.00pm

Advance: £15 / £10 (concessions and under 25s)
On the door: £18 / £12 (concessions and under 25s)


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Part of Convergence festival at Village Underground.

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Langham Research Centre

Langham Research Centre

* 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.

Langham Research Centre, founded in 2003 by BBC Radio 3 producers, work with vintage equipment to perform 20th century classic electronic repertoire. 

* Nonclassical DJs, including Gabriel Prokofiev and Laurence Osborn.


Concerto for Drum Machine & Orchestra (2018) - *world premiere* 
One movement composed by each of: Beni Giles, Laurence Osborn, Josephine Stephenson, Jo Thomas, Max de Wardener 

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.

Graphic score for  Mr Babbage is Coming to Dinner!

Graphic score for Mr Babbage is Coming to Dinner!

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.

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Funded through Arts Council England and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.