Loula Yorke is a live artist and composer whose work harnesses electronic signal as an artistic tool. She uses sound, video and participation to delve into the liberatory powers of dance and noise musics. Yorke’s work holds space for discovery and experimentation by foregrounding an enabling ‘DIY’ sensibility. Currently she is researching the interaction between social movements and social media, and making livestreamed work in response.
As one half of TR-33N, Yorke has played live at Glastonbury and Boomtown, as well as having collaborative work broadcast on BBC Radio1 and 1Xtra. During 2019 she played solo live in support of artists such as The Orb and Talvin Singh, and put out her debut release ‘ysmysmysm’ on Detroit label, Junted. Yorke’s first physical release, LDOLS, a cassette of one-take improvisations recorded straight to reel-to-reel, dropped on bespoke tape label Rum Records in October 2019. The release was included in the Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp, and tracks were broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ResonanceFM and NTS.
Yorke runs femme-centred participatory synth-building and performance workshops Atari Punk Girls. She has been commissioned by a performing arts organisation in East Anglia to develop the concept into a staged show in 2021.
In response to COVID-19, Loula co-founded new fortnightly experimental electronics livestream, SonitusLIVE, (recently mentioned in The Quietus), to help artists to get going and get creative with a new medium.
Her work is funded by Arts Council England.