NORTH SEA QUARTET

ELECTRIC GUITAR, PERCUSSION, PIANO & SYNTHESIZER · 2017

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Elms documented his time at the former home of Imogen Holst through his musical output, photography and field recordings. In December 2015, upon his return from Aldeburgh, Elms manipulated the field recordings into rhythmical elements that would form part of a new composition, Imo: a sonic vignette of his time in Aldeburgh.

The manipulated recordings featured in Imo are interweaved with a musical language that is evocative of the creative journey Elms undertook whilst on his writing retreat in Aldeburgh. It is based upon the archetypal narrative structures and devices described in Christopher Bookerʼs Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, a work which is reflective of the ideals instilled within Island Songs through its description of challenges and voyages undertaken. Originally, the musical representation of these structures and devices (such as ego/self, nyktomorph, above the line; below the line) were created under the working title Quaere: A Musical Setting of Narrative Structures, but Elms found that his own experience of “voyage and return” — or lack of return — prompted the music to adapt to the depiction of his own creative journey.

Imo represents a significant period of time in Elmsʼ creative life. It is a commentary upon the creation of new artistic works and how, unlike the narrative archetypes described by Booker, the creators of such works do not necessarily return to their point of origin, but continue onwards; changed.

1 ELECTRIC GUITAR

with on-stage amplifier · volume, reverb and delay signal processors

1 PERCUSSION

vibraphone (F3-F6) · tubular bells (D4, F#4, G#4; B4) · tuned gongs (C2, D2, E2, F2; G2)

1 PIANO
1 SYNTHESIZER

with on-stage amplifier/p> DURATION: c.7 MINUTES
PUBLISHED BY MUSIC SALES
ALDEBURGH, NOV 2015 (First Sketch)