actress & london contemporary orchestra Lageos (CD, £12.25)label: Ninja Tune
Following the ‘Audio Track 5’ EP electronic producer and musician Darren Cunningham AKA Actress and the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) release a full album of their collaboration. Originally performed at the Barbican in February 2016, the project was curated by Boiler Room and LCO. A synergy between both live electronic and acoustic components, Actress and LCO augmented traditional piano and created sounds from objects as varied as temple bowls and plastic bags. LCO recorded the individual parts as stems which were then sent to Actress to manipulate, delivering some truly unique new pieces as well as reinterpretations of Actress classics ‘N.E.W.’ and ‘Hubble’. Hugh Brunt of LCO said of working with Actress, “In many ways the collaboration is about exploring an ambiguity of sound that sits between electronic and acoustic spaces; something that we’re aiming to push further as part of the live shows.” Actress has also been involved in projects with White Cube artist Eddie Peake, Mehdi Lacoste, Dan Emmerson and Belgian visual artist Pierre Debusschere. LCO have collaborated with an array of creative figures and institutions such as Radiohead, Frank Ocean, Jonny Greenwood, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Thom Yorke, Mica Levi, Beck, William Basinski, Secret Cinema, Vivienne Westwood, DAZED, Meltdown Festival, The Barbican, Southbank Centre, The Roundhouse, Printworks, Tate Modern and BBC Proms.
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