"a kind of Radiophonic Workshop Rebel Alliance..." - The Quietus
New from Langham Research Centre, Tape Works Vol. 1 stands alone as a collection of modern musique concrete. Created with rare and obsolete machinery and inspired by early electronic composers including John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram, Tape Works Vol. 1 is the modern incarnation of the work of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Tape Works Vol. 1 documents the origins of Langham Research Centre as a late night experimental gathering in BBC Studios, through to their present day long-form radiophonic works including The Dark Tower, inspired by the life and work of Nikola Tesla, and Muffled Ciphers, inspired by J G Ballard's most experimental novel The Atrocity Exhibition (1970). From doors to laughter, field recordings and found sound, nothing is out of bounds on this unique sonic journey.
Langham Research Centre work with reel to reel tape recorders, gramophone cartridges, wave oscillators and more to produce new work for these instruments, as well as creating authentic performances of early electronic music.
Tape Works Vol. 1 is available on vinyl, CD, digital and limited cassette from Nonclassical.
Notes to the editor:
Over the last few years, 'classical club-nights' have become an increasingly visible feature of the London's nightlife. This has been fuelled by the next generation of classical performers, composers and promoters who are redefining the rules, and breaking out of the constraints of the traditional concert hall.
At the forefront of this movement is Nonclassical. Founded by composer Gabriel Prokofiev in 2004, Nonclassical is a promoter and record label based in East London, with the audience representing a young generation of music lovers who are searching for the latest exciting developments in music. Since their inaugural release in 2004, they have incorporated the 'remix' as an essential element of a Nonclassical release, presented over 200 live club nights showcasing the best new contemporary classical, experimental and electronic music, and produced mini-festivals around themes including 'Pioneers of Percussion', 'Pioneers of Electronics' and 'Rise of the Machines'.
About Langham Research Centre:
Langham Research Centre came together in 2003 with an interest in manipulating sound on tape and in focusing on one sound source. They follow in the footsteps of early music groups, working with obsolete equipment such as tape recorders, gramophone cartridges and wave oscillators, to perform authentic versions of 20th century classical electronic repertoire by John Cage, Alvin Lucier and others. Their new album focuses on this instrumentation and includes a range of works from early 'musique concrete' miniatures to recent modular works.