Erland Cooper Shares Two New Pieces

Tied to the summer solstice...

Erland Cooper has shared two new pieces of music.

The composer returned to his native Orkney with an ingenious idea – he would bury an album of new material on a beach, leaving it to be discovered in time. The tape was worn by the elements, time and tide serving to add organic, highly unexpected aspects.

Eventually uncovered, the tape will be now be released to the waiting world – Erland’s new album ‘Carve the Runes Then Be Content WIth Silence’ is out on September 20th, in line with the Autumn Equinox on September 22nd.

Released via Mercury KX, Erland Cooper previewed the work with an incredible one-off performance at the Barbican in London, joined by some truly wonderful musicians.

Erland shared two new pieces last night – June 20th – placing them on streaming services at exactly 9.50pm – the summer solstice.

His new piece With Silence (Mvt. 3) – Pt. 2 ‘wow and flutter of unearthed magnetic tape’, was originally recorded by solo violinist Daniel Pioro and a large chamber string group called Studio Collective; buried in the sands of Orkney, it seems to have emerged with emboldened warmth, and a sense of humanity.

Elsewhere, With Silence (Mvt. 3) – Pt. 1 ‘con la memoria’, is dubbed as a memorial ‘piece’ – an act of mediative pause in an increasingly frenetic world, it seems to actively encourage us to engage with the natural world.

Erland Cooper explains…

“I write music inspired by the natural world. In particular, the birds in the sky, and the soil and landscape of the Orkney Islands. So the idea for this project is that really I’m just sharing my process with the natural world. It’s a mediation on time, on patience, on value, and art itself. To reveal we now have music, in all forms of sound and colour, means we can now celebrate nature’s wild contribution to composition, as a sort of collaborative act of resilience or survival of the arts and nature alike”  

Orcadian readers may wish to catch Erland Cooper in Kirkwall’s St Magnus Cathedral on June 28th, as part of the St Magnus International Festival.

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Samuel Davies

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