Curved Form (No. 4)

by Alex Groves, Eliza McCarthy

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Curved Form (No. 4) is the debut release from London-based composer Alex Groves in collaboration with pianist Eliza McCarthy. The title track was written for Eliza back in 2017 and this is its first outing on record, accompanied by remixes from Benjamin Tassie, Matt Huxley and Alex himself.

Inspired by the visually-charged artwork of Bridget Riley with its bold repetitions of simple forms, Alex's Curved Form series takes as its starting point a singular set of musical DNA. Each work grows in a different direction but they all share these common ancestors. In Curved Form (No. 4), the aim was to create a 'blissed out drone piece made with hammers'. The pulsating chords gradually morphing into one another, receding into the background and allowing the ever-shifting resonance of the piano to take over.

Also included on this release are three reworkings of the original. The Studio Version - created by Alex - is an idealised version of the piece. One that's impossible to realise on a piano but that can be created within the confines of his laptop. Composers and producers Benjamin Tassie and Matt Huxley also contribute remixes, carving up the original in their own inimitable ways.

More information about the artists involved can be found on their websites.


released March 29, 2019

Eliza McCarthy, piano


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Alex is a British composer working across both acoustic and electronic music, often combining live instrumentalists and singers with richly-textured electronics to create hypnotic and all-enveloping soundworlds.

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