Loula Yorke is a live artist and composer who uses sound, video and participation to create noisy artworks.
Dancing in the spaces where the personal meets the political, her electronic music practice seeks to conjure moments of revolt as well as reveal hidden systems of control. Described by Electronic Sound magazine as a ‘DIY noisenik champion’, Yorke’s work often foregrounds an enabling sensibility: encouraging freedom, self-discovery and learning through doing.
During 2019 Yorke played live in support of, among others, The Orb and Talvin Singh, and put out her debut release ‘ysmysmysm’ on Detroit label, Junted. Her latest EP Crowd Control Vol 2 was released in late 2020 on Tigerforce Records. The work was featured in the Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp and described as being “full of smart, provocative political conscience”.
Yorke runs participatory synth-building and performance workshops Atari Punk Girls. She has been funded by Arts Council England to develop the concept into a staged show in 2021. During 2020, Loula co-founded SonitusLIVE, providing an online performance opportunity for over 40 artists, and a mini-resource to help sound artists get up and running with the technology. Yorke’s work has been recognised with a special commendation from the The Oram Awards 2020, a joint initiative between PRS Foundation and The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop celebrating innovation in sound technologies by the next generation of forward-thinking women and gender minority music creators.