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Erland Cooper: Carve the Runes

Then Be Content With Silence

Erland Cooper, holding a film reel, wearing a suit

Ground-breaking Scottish composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist shares his buried album, unearthed and performed live for the first time, exactly as it sounds from the earth.

In May 2021, he planted the only existing copy of the master tape of his first classical album in Orkney, Scotland, deleting all digital files and leaving only a treasure hunt of clues for fans and his record label alike to search for it.

Alongside very special guests, in this one-off performance Cooper shall both reveal and play back the retrieved tape from the soil, then with some exceptional musicians, perform the album exactly as it sounds from the earth.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

“At a time in history when technology has made the world’s recorded music available to anyone with a
streaming subscription...Cooper’s project serves as a commentary on the disposable nature of music and the
immediacy with which it is delivered” The Times


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