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Radical music at the Manchester International Festival

Verity Sharp explores the music of footwork firebrand Jlin and the soundtracks of David Lynch featuring at this year’s Manchester International Festival.

The Manchester International Festival showcases new works from across the spectrum of the arts with a programme that spans from big name stars to new artists. Verity Sharp explores the stranger end of their output this year, looking at the legacy of video game composition in the music of footwork firebrand Jlin, as well as some of the lesser known soundtracks of David Lynch.

Taking Lynch as our inspiration, we hear from other multidisciplinary artists pushing the boundaries between film, art and music. Izumi Kawasaki began her career as an actress and prop maker before moving into commercial design, live painting and now music. Verity selects a piece of lacerating industrial noise from her debut album Moromi as well as a hypnotic piece of future-primitivism from the producer and fine artist Mark Fell. Taken from Fell’s last album, Intra, this work is performed by Drumming Grupo De Percussão on the Sixxen metallophone system - a set of six microtonally tuned instruments originally conceived by Iannis Xenakis in 1976.

Produced by Alannah Chance.
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Music Played

  • João Gilberto & Stan Getz

    Spoken Intro By Stan Getz

    • Getz/Gilberto '76.
    • Resonance Records.
  • João Gilberto

    É Preciso Perdoar

    • João Gilberto.
    • Polydor.
  • Tim Parkinson


    • Pleasure Island.
    • Slip.
  • Bamboo

    Daughters of the Sky

    • Daughters of the Sky.
    • Upset The Rhythm.
  • Aylu

    Corda 1

    • Walden.
    • Orange Milk Records ‎.
  • Jlin

    Tornado Final Track

  • David Lynch & Alan R. Splet

    Side B

    • Eraserhead Original Soundtrack Recording.
    • Sacred Bones Records.
  • Sarah Angliss

    Raven (Memory)

    • Air Loom.
  • Fred Thomas

    Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel (feat. Ellie Rusbridge)

    • The Beguilers.
    • F-IRE Recorded Music Ltd..
  • Izumi Kawasaki


    • Moromi.
    • Gerpfast Kolektif ‎.
  • Soymanga

    Moramora Zoky

    • Alefa Madagascar: Salegy Soukous & Soul 1974-1984.
    • Strut.
  • 高瀬アキ


    • Hokusai - Piano Solo.
    • Intakt Records.
  • Mama's Broke

    What Can May Come

    • Count The Wicked.
  • Félicia Atkinson

    You Have To Have Eyes

    • The Flower And The Vessel.
    • Shelter Press.
  • Mark Fell


    • Intra.
    • Boomkat Editions.
  • Alarmist


    • Sequesterer.
    • Small Pond.


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