Curved Form (No. 11)

by Alex Groves, Gabriella Swallow

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    releases August 6, 2021

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Curved Form (No. 11) [Mira Calix's Movement in Squares Remix]
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Curved Form (No. 11) [Sarah Davachi Remix]
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Curved Form (No. 11) [Alex Groves Remix]

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Curved Form (No. 11) is a sonic tapestry woven from slowly evolving cello lines and electronic delays. Starting on the very lowest notes of the cello, it ebbs and flows as it weaves its way across the instrument’s range, ending up in a crystalline cloud of harmonics.

Written for and recorded by cellist Gabriella Swallow, the piece takes its inspiration from the undulating patterns of artist Bridget Riley and the sinuous curved forms of sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Evoking their sense of motion, repetition and form, it creates an all-consuming environment where waves of sound constantly layer, coalesce and dissipate.

Alongside the original are three remixes from Mira Calix, Sarah Davachi and Alex himself - each taking the piece in a different direction. Mira Calix’s Movement in Squares remix references both Riley and Hepworth as it chops up the original into a glitchy, beat-driven track. Whilst Sarah Davachi seems to explore the negative space in the original, stripping away the layers to reveal the subtle inflections under the surface. Finally, Alex flips the piece on its head by turning its stretched-out drones into shimmering, pulsing synths.

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releases August 6, 2021

Gabriella Swallow, cello

Andrew Groves, recording engineer
Noel Summerville, mastering engineer
Alex Groves, album artwork

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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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