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Cut and Splice 2017

Robert Worby with recordings from the 2017 Cut and Splice experimental music festival. With Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Denis Smalley, Fabrice Fitch, Helena Gough and Mauricio Pauly.

Robert Worby presents recordings from the 2017 Cut & Splice festival of experimental music and sound art, which was curated and performed by the new music ensemble Distractfold. The event was staged at Hallé St Peter's, a Grade II-listed deconsecrated church in the former industrial district of Ancoats, Manchester.

Distractfold's programming aims to reveal the hidden sonorities within instruments and objects through processing, and explore the temporal and spatial dislocation of sound through loudspeakers. Tonight we hear acoustic and spatially diffused electroacoustic works by Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Denis Smalley, Fabrice Fitch, Helena Gough and Mauricio Pauly. And from nearby Hallé at St Michael's we listen in on some of the sound installations that were on offer throughout the weekend including works by Adam Basanta and Christina Kubisch, whose Electrical Walks has also been specially recreated as a binaural online experience for BBC Radio 3 listeners.

Steven Kazuo Takasugi: The Man Who Couldn't Stop Laughing - music theatre for amplified quartet and playback (2012-14, UK Premiere)
Denis Smalley: Empty Vessels - spatially diffused electroacoustic work (1997)
Fabrice Fitch: Agricola IXe - for bass clarinet and string trio (2016)
Helena Gough: Silt - spatially diffused electroacoustic work (2007)
Mauricio Pauly: Charred Edifice Shining - for amplified string trio with performative electronics (2017)
Elsa Justel: Gwerz - 8-channel electroacoustic work (2002)

Cut and Splice is a partnership between BBC Radio 3 and Sound and Music, the national charity for new music. First broadcast in March 2017.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Sabrina Schroeder

    Bone games

    Performer: Distractfold Ensemble.
  • Helena Gough

    Silt, spatially diffused electroacoustic work (excerpt)

    Performer: Sam Salem.
  • Mauricio Pauly

    Charred Edifice Shining (excerpt)

    Performer: Linda Jankowska.
  • Steven Kazuo Takasugi

    The man who couldn't stop laughing

    Performer: Distractfold Ensemble.
  • Denis Smalley

    Empty Vessels

    Performer: Denis Smalley.
    • Spatially diffused electroacoustic work, 1997.
  • Fabrice Fitch

    Agricola IXe, for bass clarinet and string trio, 2016

    Performer: Distractfold Ensemble.
  • Helena Gough

    Silt, spatially diffused electroacoustic work, 2007

    Performer: Sam Salem.
  • Mauricio Pauly

    Charred Edifice Shining

    Performer: Distractfold Ensemble.
  • Elsa Justel

    Gwerz

    Performer: Elsa Justel.

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