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Talking Microtonal Blues

by House of Bedlam

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Royal Philharmonic Society-nominated composer, Larry Goves is at the cutting edge of the UK’s contemporary music scene. His 'band', The House of Bedlam, is a rare example of a classical composer-led group, which fuses Goves' boldly original voice with the kind of dynamic energy and spirit found in a rock band.

    His use of extended performance techniques and uncompromising electronic sounds combine to create a rich variety of textures and evocative harmonies. Goves’ dark scores, his sinuous melodic lines and his obvious appreciation for Welton’s measured poetic style results in a deeply thoughtful collaboration, a unique sound-world and an album of heart-felt beauty and honesty.

    “A tour de force... [the score] built up an orchestral embarras de richesses in many layers, with sounds from several key players looped and transformed by electronics...The piece was engrossing for every moment of its 35 minutes…” Ivan Hewett (The Telegraph) about the London Sinfonietta Collective performance of Larry Goves’s Things that are blue, things that are white, things that are black at the QEH 2010

    “Goves’ ‘Springtime’...a beautiful setting of an eponymous poem by Matthew Welton ... one of the undoubted successes in this release and a truly beautiful work that deserves to be heard again and again…” MusicWeb International, Hubert Culot, 2009

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Sinew 04:55
Writing 01:41
Poppy 02:38
Skein (2) 03:18


released January 1, 2013


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House of Bedlam London, UK

The House of Bedlam is an ensemble formed in 2007 by Larry Goves to play his music and music by composers he likes and admires. The ensemble is Matthew Welton (writer/spoken word), Kathryn Williams (flutes), Carl Raven (saxophones/clarinets), Oliver Coates/Steph Tress (cello), Tom McKinney (guitars/banjo) & Mark Norman (percussion). ... more

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