Somerset House in Full Bloom is now available for download. The album mixes together my field recordings made around Somerset House (February – November 2014), with realisations of my graphic score Somerset House in Full Bloom, performed by Paul Beckett (viola) and Zac Gvi (accordions, clarinet, farulliah).
The album is available as high-quality downloadable tracks for £5, and comes with a free pdf of the illustrated score.
This album was developed as part of the RE-Moulded project. Released 18 December 2014 | Supported by Sound and Music‘s New Voices 2014 and Embedded programmes. Created in collaboration with the performers: Paul Beckett and Zac Gvi.
Viola – Paul Beckett | Accordions, Clarinet, Farulliah – Zac Gvi
Original score, field recordings and production, Somerset House, London, by Jacob Thompson-Bell
Studio recording by Dick Hammett at Red Gables Studios, London
On 29 January 2015, I presented Listen/Here, the culmination of my residency at Somerset House, and the final event of the RE-Moulded project. Listen/Here took the form of a series of simultaneous live performances in various locations around Somerset House, running continuously throughout the evening. Audiences were led by guides through each of the performance locations, focusing on the sounds of Somerset House, as well as the ways I’ve collected and re-worked them into music.
A short film of the event is coming very soon…
My scores and illustrations, based on the sounds of Somerset House, were brought to life in performances by CoMA, the Ligeti Quartet and more, with music inspired by underground generators, rushing traffic, bustling cafes and other ambient sounds around the building.
RE-Moulded was supported by the Sound and Music Embedded programme, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, with support from Arts Council England. Full acknowledgements here.
My new solo cello piece, Hymns to a Fading Planet, was premiered on 10 December, by cellist Joely Koos, as part of London Sinfonietta’s Alternative Visions, 6:30 PM, at BFI Southbank, London.
Part of the BFI’s major season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, Alternative Visions brought together music and film, featuring five new solo pieces of music, each brought to the screen by artists from Central St Martins. There was music by Christopher Mayo, Benjamin Oliver, Deborah Pritchard, Luke Styles and me.
Hymns to a Fading Planet presents two short drones using the open strings of the cello, offered as elegies to a planet at risk of destruction from within – a brief meditation on landscapes left behind, places to be revisited.