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Music from the 2015 Cut and Splice music festival, by Luc Ferrari, Clara Iannotta, Dawn Scarfe, Henry Cowell, Cathy van Eck, Simon Loffler, Agostino di Scipio and Michael Pisaro.

BBC Radio 3's ground-breaking festival of experimental sound Cut & Splice returns to the airwaves with recordings from last weekend's event at London's Cafe Oto, curated by the composer Joanna Bailie and featuring the group Ensemble Plus-Minus. Bailie's programme links the work of the early pioneers of the avant-garde to the trail-blazers of today and explores the relationships between music machines and the environment.

Presented by Robert Worby.

Luc Ferrari: Presque Rien No.1 (1970) for pre-recorded media

Clara Iannotta: The people here go mad. They blame the wind. (2013-14) for bass clarinet, cello, piano and 12 music boxes

Dawn Scarfe: Air Traffic (2006) for pre-recorded media

Henry Cowell: Aeolian Harp (1923) for solo piano

Cathy van Eck: Groene Ruis (2007) - performance project for a sounding tree

Simon Løffler: b (2012) for 3 players, neon lights, effect pedals and a loose jack cable

Agostino di Scopio: Audible Ecosystems, n.3a (background noise study) (2004-5)

Michael Pisaro: Fields have ears 1 (2009) for piano and pre-recorded media

James Saunders: like you and like you (2015) for 3 performers

Ensemble Plus-Minus: Mark Knoop (piano), Vick Wright (clarinet), Alice Purton (cello)
Clara Iannotta (music box)
Owen Green (electronics)
Cathy van Eck (performer)

Recorded at Café Oto, London, 25-26 September. Cut & Splice is a partnership between Sound and Music, the national charity for new music, and BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now.

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Sat 3 Oct 2015 22:00

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Music Played

  • Luc Ferrari

    Presque Rien No. 1

    Performer: Owen Green.
  • Clara Iannotta

    The people here go mad. The blame the wind.

  • Dawn Scarfe

    Air Traffic

    Performer: Owen Green.
  • Henry Cowell

    Aeolian Harp

    Performer: Mark Knoop.
  • Simon Loffler


    Ensemble: Ensemble Plus-Minus.
  • Agostino Di Scipio

    Audible Ecosystems, n.3a

    Performer: Owen Green.
  • Michael Pisaro

    Fields have ears 1

    Performer: Mark Knoop.
  • James Saunders

    Like you and like me

    Ensemble: Ensemble Plus-Minus.


  • Sat 3 Oct 2015 22:00

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