BETHANY LEY ~ ‘MISSELBROOK’
Bethany Ley performs Suite for Solo Violin and Software Abuse
With Laura Wilson and Hamish Mitchinson.
Suite for Solo Violin and Software Abuse
In this collision of musical worlds, electronic musician and composer Bethany Ley carves out enough space and light for violinist Kath Roberts’ to breathe amongst influences as diverse as
birdsong, musique concrète and Indonesian gamelan.
Suite for Solo Violin and Software Abuse is a collection of nine pieces which share a bedrock of atmospheric granular synthesis. This creates fertile ground for neo-classical violin to harvest
some compelling and emotive melody.
This series of recordings was conceived from microscopic analysis of musical pitches – more specifically, extracting fragments of a singular note’s harmonic series, and sewing the pieces
together using software into a coherent patchwork of harmony. Due to this process, the resulting musical sequences feel simultaneously micro and macroscopic. The contrastingly natural sound of violin provides a grounding humanity - the sound of fingers hitting strings set readily across an otherwise sci-fi backdrop.
In this exploratory work, Bethany Ley and Kath Roberts take inspiration from iconic British electronic music pioneers such as Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire, carrying these
influences into the digital world. Perhaps it is fitting that the final versions of this suite were recorded remotely via the internet, due to Covid restrictions.
I am really excited to announce the launch night of my first album, 4 years in the making, showcasing at Space 238. All are welcome.
I will be accompanied by Simon Leach and Joe Evans. There will also be dancers and video projects, to add to the atmosphere for the evening.
It is the the first of several concerts in the UK.