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Our 2nd release as Illuminated Loops - this is the music from our Feb 25th 2018 show at Tower Of Song in Birmingham. As before, this recording is in some ways just a relic of the show itself - that it works so well as a standalone musical experience raises all kinds of questions about whether the fact that something is enjoyable affects what it actually is... if the music made no sense without the art happening at the same time, would it cease to be music? The art as a static entity is in the same precarious position - it's beautiful and intriguing to look at, all the moreso if you know its origins, but the static version is just what's leftover after the show. The unfolding, the interaction, the experience of before/during/after - the consequential nature of it all, of it coming into being - that's 'the work', the show, the full experience.
But, having said all that, don't let it stop you enjoying the music! I've been saying for a while that making music in the context of Illuminated Loops results in work that is significantly more interesting to me than anything else that I do as a solo artist. Obviously because it's not really solo - all of this is co-credited to Poppy and I because the music as it is wouldn't exist without her. You can definitely hear my vocabulary in there, my musical accent, but the script is one that is developed between us as we go along! There is some video from this show around, so hopefully we'll get that into a publicly releasable form soon, so you can see a little more of how it works!
I love this project so much, and I hope you get some sense of what's happening from this. And if you're lucky, you'll get to see it live soon - we really need to do more of it (weirdly, the thing that's holding it up is me getting clearance for the research bit of my PhD from the ethics department at the Uni!) keep an eye out, and hopefully see you at a show soon x
released May 9, 2018
Steve Lawson - bass, Quneo, mixing, mastering
Poppy Porter - original artwork, graphic score, composition-by-inspiration.
Recorded live at Tower Of Song, Birmingham, Feb 25th 2018.