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by Brian Lock

Electronica, ambient and experimental based music set in classical forms , with contemporary structures and textures and infused with filmic melodies.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, Birds and Computers: First Mo
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2. Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, Birds and Computers: Second M
4:18 $0.99
3. Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, Birds and Computers: Third Mo
5:13 $0.99
4. Sonata for Cello and Mixing Desk: First Movement
5:29 $0.99
5. Sonata for Cello and Mixing Desk: Second Movement
3:59 $0.99
6. Sonata for Cello and Mixing Desk: Third Movement
4:05 $0.99
7. Sonata for Cello and Mixing Desk: Fourth Movement
3:59 $0.99
8. Concerto for the Sound of a Harp and Other Sounds: First Moveme
6:39 $0.99
9. Concerto for the Sound of a Harp and Other Sounds: Second Movem
6:11 $0.99
10. Concerto for the Sound of a Harp and Other Sounds: Third Moveme
5:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Brian Lock is a British composer who has become well known for creating sumptuous orchestral film scores and for pushing the classical/technological boundaries in modern musical composition. His music finds its voice in aspects of musical genres that are normally divided like film music, electronica, contemporary classical, ambient and sound design. This is no cross-over though; this ‘hybridisation’ of genres comes simply as the best means to say what he needs to. His music challenges our present understanding of musical concepts and pushes at the edges of musical genres and form.

This CD contains the Concerto for the Sound of a Harp and Other Sounds like a Stylophone and Board Games, the Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, Birds and Computers and the Sonata for Cello and Mixing Desk. All of these pieces combine computers and live instruments and were written for Lock’s own band which comprises two computers, three percussionists and string quartet. All of these pieces use classical forms as the structure for cross-genre experimentation. This is a whole new direction for modern classical music.

About Brian Lock

Brian Lock is widely known as a film and media composer and works with leading art-house directors, both in this country and internationally. His most recent score was for the acclaimed French film director Philippe de Broca’s masterpiece Vipère au Poing. Brian first achieved wide recognition in the film world for his classical reworkings in Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady starring John Malkovich and Nicole Kidman. Other commissions from around the world include scores for The Land Girls directed by the UK’s David Leland, starring Rachel Weisz and Anna Friel; The Gambler with Sir Michael Gambon and Jodhi May for the doyen of Hungarian Cinema, Károly Makk, and Magneto for Jan Jakub Kolski and Łagodna for Mariusz Trelinski in Poland. Other film credits include the BBC production of Chinese director Zang Zeming’s Foreign Moon.

Brian studied with Alexander Goehr at Cambridge and then continued his studies at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, taking composition lessons from, amongst others, H.M. Górecki and Witold Lutosławski. Brian continues to enjoy an ongoing relationship with Poland, scoring many acclaimed Polish films along with music for the Polish stage adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. He has also written a considerable volume of music for television and his work is heard regularly on flagship programmes including the BBC’s Panorama and Coast and NBC’s 60 Minutes. Other credits include orchestrations for the BBC’s Olympic coverage, multimedia presentations for the Millennium Dome and commercials for leading global brands including Hewlett Packard and Coca-Cola. A number of Brian’s film scores have been released by Virgin Classics and Silva Screen. In addition, Brian is also an expert in digital music technology and teaches and researches in both this field and in composition through his position as a Senior Lecturer at the University of London.

Full CD Listing

Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, Birds and Computers (Neyire Ashworth, Clarinet)
Sonata for Cello and Mixing Desk (Zoë Martlew, cello)
Concerto for the Sound of a Harp and Other Sounds like a Stylophone and Board Games (Hugh Webb, Harp)

The Performers

The music is performed by three of the most innovative and highly rated UK performers. Hugh Webb, who is soloist in Concerto for the Sound of a Harp is Principal Harp of the Philharmonia, a jazz harpist, avant garde and film music specialist. He is joined by Zoë Martlew on cello for the Sonata for Cello and Mixing Desk. The cabaret artiste, no-holds-barred improvising musician is equally at home at the cutting edge of the classical, avant garde, rock, pop, punk, jazz, dance, theatre, live electronics and video. One of the UK’s most inventive and brilliant clarinetists, Neyire Ashworth, will perform the Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, Birds and Computers.



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RÊVE: CD REVIEW - The Guardian
November 2007

Rêve features three substantial works by Brian Lock, best known as a film composer, with Land Girls and The Gambler to his credit. The opening Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, Birds & Computers features soloist Neyire Ashworth, while Concerto for the Sound of a Harp & Other Sounds has Hugh Webb on harp. There are similarities to Graham Fitkin's electro-collaborations with Ruth Wall, though Lock favours sweeter harmonies: the second movement of the clarinet "concerto" veers towards chill-out jazz. The third movement is tougher, with a hint of Louis Andriessen's brutality and a more explicitly "classical" part for Ashworth. One challenge faced by composers who work in this way is deciding whether each piece is a duet for soloist and multi-instrumentalist or an ersatz orchestra. To be small - or spacious? Though Lock manages his resources well, he writes like someone who would rather think big.

October 2007

A film and media composer, Lock's worked with many leading art-house directors. With 'classical' loosely as its jumping off point the resulting sound encompasses electronica, laptops, recorded bird song, the sound of a food processor, crunching industrial beats, electric harp, clarinet, and the obligatory dog barking. The result is a compelling mix of the tunefully accessible and edgily experimental.

October 2007

Away from his commercial work for film scores film scores, composer Brian Lock is developing what he terms a 'hybridisation of genres', drawing together film sound design, classical, world, dance music. Without boundaries between sources of music and sound, I found these works vibrant and exciting.

The shocking opening of Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, Birds and Computer, with breaking glass, power tools and dissonance, introduces a world where any sound operates as a musical gesture. Lock combines dance beats and chillout grooves with sudden changes in sound and feel, framing his interesting sonic combinations. I found a haunting clarinet solo followed by a driving, almost tribal dance well balanced and appealing.

The first two movements of Sonata for Cello and Mixing Desk exist in a slow ambient world with simple but wonderfully poignant cello lines. The final movement changes feel, using classical influenced R&B riffs that are set against electronica counterpoint.

From single note rhythmic patterns to an imitation of a Spanish guitar, Lock's Concerto for the Sound of the Harp and Other Sound has is a real focus on the harp's sound.

Combining stylophone and board game sounds - and jumping suddenly to a quirky flute sample - I found the work varied and convincing. The final movement has a simple Eastern feel where Lock's film experience comes through in an emotional and atmospheric ending.

While some listeners will be put off by the influences used in this collection, many used to hearing these commercial and dance genres will find Lock's work refreshing.

RÊVE: CD REVIEW - Freenoise
October 2007

Released to coincide with a full premiere concert at the home of the London Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke's, Brian Lock has launched on a terrific new avenue to his already rampant repertoire. An internationally renowned film and media composer and live electronics artist, Lock has gathered together an impressive ensemble of innovative musicians to realise a project which is startlingly original and certainly genre-defying.

Rêve is highly polished yet bursting with life, artistic risk and new culture. Sitting in total comfort with Lock's subtle dance-age electronica are the traditional sounds of European orchestral instruments; clarinet (Neyire Ashworth), cello (improv/mutli-artiste Zoe Martlew) and harp (avant garde and film music specialist Hugh Webb). The CD is made up of Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, Birds and Computers (three movements), Sonata for Cello and Mixing Desk (four movements) and Concerto for the Sound of a Harp & Other Sounds (three movements).

A very positive 52 minutes, equally perfect for a relaxing dinner or working background as well as being spiritually stimulating on a close listening with your decent speakers or headphones, probably stunning live!