Experimental composer Penelope Trappes has shared plans for new project ‘Heavenly Spheres’.
The incoming project is the composer’s first on her freshly minted imprint Nite Hive, and lands on April 14th. The title is taken from a saying popularised by Imogen Holst, while the project itself was sculpted across a two-week residency.
Penelope Trappes held the residency at Britten Pears Arts, staying at the house where Imogen Holst herself once lived.
Working with upright piano and voice, ‘Heavenly Spheres’ features eight new pieces, recorded direct to an old German reel-to-reel. Of her methods, she explains…
“I immersed myself in solitude and often deafening silence, and coexisted with an enormous amount of history and books. I grew to love this unfamiliar space as I recorded sound outside of my normal way of working, took long and sometimes psychedelic walks, channelled ghosts on tape, and ended up with about 35 pieces of music and sound art. This album is eight of those pieces which I fell in love with.”
New piece ‘Entangled’ is a hushed meditation, dark in places but also framed by the joy of creation, and the experience of communion with oneself.
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: Agnes Haus