Loula Yorke is a composer, sound artist and improviser who uses electronics, video and participation to create sonic artworks that seek to dance in the spaces where the personal meets the political. She has been described by Electronic Sound magazine as a ‘DIY noisenik champion’ and was recognised with a special commendation by the 2020 Oram Awards.
Yorke has been announced as a Sound Generator artist for 2022, developing a new piece for ambisonic electronics and laser: into the body, into the flesh of the world, supported by Sound UK.
She will be releasing an 8-track album of new analog synthesiser music ‘Florescence’ in the Autumn of 2022 on CD and digital.
Yorke’s trademark improvised hardware-only live sets see her building abstract sonic collages into powerful beat workouts backed by kaleidoscopes of interlocking and repeating algorithmic melodies. She’s had radio play on BBC Radio 3, Radio 1 and 1XTRA, and coverage in The Wire, DJ Mag, and Bandcamp Daily, where she was described in a review as “one of the most interesting voices in analog electronics”.
In 2021 she was commissioned by SPILL Festival of Performance to create Atari Punk Girls, an audacious and energetic live show centred around noise, drone and dance music, co-composed with a group of girls and minority gender young people. Audiences recommended it as an “unexpected highlight of the festival”.
Yorke also currently improvises as OULAN together with poet-vocalist Una Lee. During 2022 they’ve played at Colchester Arts Centre, Cafe Oto, London, and the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast.
Photo credits: Sarah Lucy Brown (top), Jeff Scott (above)