New York’s inventive ensemble perform new works from their Field Recordings project – music written for them by contemporary composers and producers that takes archival audio, found sound and video and transforms it into wholly new pieces.
Borrowing from the history of recorded sound; sampling, documenting and distorting, the pieces create a sonic bridge between the past and the present and into the future of composition. From the cyclical loops of French-Canadian folk singing in Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe’s piece, to guitar textures and montages of film sound effects of sonic pioneer Alvin Lucier and visual artist Christian Marclay, each piece expertly weaves samples into live instrumentation from Bang on a Can.
Following on from their 2012 premiere of the project at the Barbican, this new set of pieces includes works by a range of composers from a spectrum of musical worlds – from minimalist composer Steve Reich to musicians Bryce Dessner (The National) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), electronic producers Dan Deacon and Ben Frost to crossover artists such as Jóhann Jóhannsson and more.
Works by: Anna Clyne Dan Deacon Bryce Dessner Ben Frost Jóhann Jóhannsson Alvin Lucier Christian Marclay Paula Matthusen Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) Steve Reich Todd Reynolds Daniel Wohl Julia Wolfe
Watch their performance of Florent Ghys's 'An Open Cage' from Field Recordings Vol 1