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. Yorke’s work often foregrounds an enabling ‘DIY’ sensibility, encouraging freedom, self-discovery and learning through doing.
As one half of TR-33N, Yorke has played live at Glastonbury and Boomtown, had collaborative work broadcast on BBC Radio1 and 1Xtra and released music on Yo Sucka! and Das Booty. During 2019 Yorke played solo in support of, among others, The Orb and Talvin Singh, and put out her debut release ‘ysmysmysm’ on Detroit label, Junted. Her first physical release, LDOLS, a cassette of one-take improvisations recorded straight to reel-to-reel, dropped on 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.
Her latest EP Crowd Control Vol 2 is set for release on 4 December 2020 on TR-33N’s new imprint Tigerforce Records.
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 a performance opportunity and a mini-resource to help sound artists get up and running with the emerging ‘art of the livestream’.
Yorke’s work has been recognised by the 2020-21 Oram Awards with a special commendation.