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Convergence 2018

RISE
OF
THE
MACHINES
#2

Sun 18 Mar

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EXPERIMENTAL CLASSICAL CLUB NIGHT EXPLORING THE INFLUENCE OF COMPUTERS & AI ON MUSIC, FEAT. 30-PIECE ORCHESTRA, LIVE EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS & NONCLASSICAL DJS.

Rise of the Machines #2 showcases the world premiere of the first ever Concerto for Drum Machine & Orchestra, a work in five parts which places the drum machine centre stage as solo musical instrument, bringing the sounds of dance music and hip-hop to the classical world.

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Conductor: Jessica Cottis. Hailed in the UK music press as “one to watch”, Jessica Cottis possesses intellectual rigour, innate musicality and an easy authority; she is a charismatic figure on the podium who brings dynamism, intensity and clarity of vision to all her performances.
Langham Research Centre, founded in 2003 by BBC Radio 3 producers, work with vintage equipment to perform 20th century classic electronic repertoire.

Nonclassical DJs, including Gabriel Prokofiev and Laurence Osborn

PROGRAMME
Concerto for Drum Machine & Orchestra (2018) – *world premiere*
One movement composed by each of: Beni Giles, Laurence Osborn, Josephine Stephenson, Jo Thomas, Max de Wardener

Nick Ryan & John Matthias: Cortical Songs (2008)
A work for string ensemble and solo violin in which the orchestra is partially controlled by the neural patterns of a tiny computer brain. The resultant work takes the orchestra into an ethereal sound world of lush strings juxtaposed with the skittering crackles of neural activity.

Barry Guy: Mr Babbage is Coming to Dinner! (2015)
This piece was inspired by Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No2 and was commissioned by the NMC. The graphic score hand-drawn and partially coloured by Barry Guy is a work of art in itself. It calls on spontaneity and improvisation from the orchestra.

Part of Convergence 2018
Funded through Arts Council England and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.

16+ Each under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
In order to verify your age, ID may be requested. For this reason, we advise that each person brings a valid ID.
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Right of admission reserved.
20:00-23:45