Feature in Electronic Sound ES72

I had the chance to speak with Mat Smith for a special issue of Electronic Sound magazine (Issue 72) dedicated to the life and work of Daphne Oram. Really proud to be sharing a double-page spread with the one and only Nicole Raymond aka Niknak. Also pretty stoked to be dubbed a ‘DIY noisenik champion!’ and to have gotten an opportunity to expand more on my work and my journey so far in a longer form. Thanks as ever to the Oram Awards and New BBC Radiophonic Workshop for making it all happen!

‘The Chill Out Room’ BBC commission

I was asked to contribute a soundscape for BBC Soundscapes for Wellbeing, a collaborative project that aims to connect audiences with nature through creative programming via BBC Radio 3, 6 Music, BBC Sounds and BBC Two’s Winterwatch. Read more on Crack Magazine here.

This composition was constructed using a mixture of field recordings and electronically generated sounds found in the BBC archives. The piece is influenced by chill out spaces at 90s raves, and ambient soundtracks of the period such as Philip Glass’s work on Baraka, and the KLF’s Chill Out. The overall effect is to create a more active listening experience; the juxtaposition of the materials inviting more questions for the listener than those found within a classic New Age relaxation tape, where the listener is a passive consumer of relaxation.

The piece comprises around 30 sounds unearthed from within the BBC archive’s 33,000 recordings, including: sine waves, warble tones, marine life, birds, forests, weather events, as well as human activity, playtime, ritual and ceremony. With thanks to musicians from the Wamba Wamba Nation of Australia (recording of solo metal gong), and worshippers at the Nichiren Shoshu temple in the UK (recording of evening prayers).

Many thanks to The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Matthew Herbert and The Oram Awards.

LISTEN HERE until the end of Feb 2021: https://canvas-story.bbcrewind.co.uk/soundscapesforwellbeing/

Sound City Ipswich 2020 performance now up on YouTube

I performed material from my EP ‘Crowd Control Vol 1’ live at Sound City Ipswich back in October. The gig was livestreamed to YouTube from The Smokehouse and had over 300 live viewers. The stream was edited dow into sections, one for each artist, and the individual videos just dropped on their channel. Enjoy!

You can buy the release over at https://loulayorke.bandcamp.com/album/crowd-control-vol-1, thanks!

Crowd Control Vol 2 up for pre-order now

Crowd Control Vol 2 is the studio accompaniment to my recent live album on the Tigerforce Records imprint. Spoken word, noise, beats and synths are blended with field recordings of crowded spaces to create a hustling, bustling meditation on human contact.

The 4-track EP opens with the pacy, wonky noise pop of Rush Hour. Spoken words are frozen in time to resemble sung notes; a saccharine synth line is tempered by the sounds of subway platforms and unsettling lyrics floating by on the ether. Eat Out To Help Out is all percussive, glassy, resonance paired with rumbling sub frequencies; playing with freezing and pitch shifting the familiar ‘tink’ of cutlery hitting crockery in a busy café. Our Streets fizzes with tight sizzles and big kicks; frequency modulation and granular processing come together to evoke something alien and futuristic, while anti-roads protestors chant in the streets. The final track on the EP is High Streets, a solid swirl of 1980s Roland synth sounds punctuated by the rhythm of my voice caught in repetition, cut through with snatches of shoppers’ conversation and the shuffle and bustle of moving feet.

Release date: 4 December 2020

Oram Awards 2020

So happy to have had my work recognised with a special commendation by this year’s Oram Awards, supported by the PRS Foundation and the BBC New Radiophonic Workshop. If we’d been able to be together for a ceremony this year, I’d be standing alongside a stellar bunch of artists – Nicole Raymond, Poulomi Desai, Una Lee, Vicky Clarke and Yifeat Ziv. Instead this beautiful object arrived at home on Monday and I got my picture taken alongside my original Atari Punk Girls, which is the next best thing 🖤 The award itself is a piece of artwork made by Lasercut London, playing with pioneering electronic composer Daphne Oram’s distinctive waveforms and UV light.