Curved Form (St Endellion)

by Alex Groves

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Curved Form (St Endellion) is a sonic landscape of ever-changing shades and subtleties. Inspired by the vivid colours of the Cornish coastline, the piece occupies a single harmonic world - an unchanging vista - in which the features remain the same but their appearance is constantly changing.

Points on the horizon move in and out of focus as rain clouds obscure them from view. Colours are muted by shadows or brought into stark relief by sunlight. No two moments are ever quite the same and yet everything has a comforting familiarity to it.

Commissioned by the Manchester Collective and written whilst on an Endelienta residency in the town of St Endellion, the piece is originally for violin, cello and live electronics. The première was set to take place in Spring 2020 with a tour across the UK but, with all concerts being postponed for the time being, it's yet to be heard.

This studio version, created from heavily-processed field recordings, is my way of bringing it into the world. It's a bit of an experiment - an attempt to create something that sounds both acoustic and electronic at the same time and a realisation of the score made with what I have at my disposal.


released May 1, 2020


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Alex Groves London, UK

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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