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.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.