Lawrence English

Lonely Womens Club


IMPREC367   LP


Beautiful new work from Lawrence English. Pressed in an edition of 500 copies. First 100 copies are on violet vinyl.

New minimalist composition from Lawrence English composed and recorded over the month of July in 2011 - whilst nursing his newly arrived daughter between the hours of 11pm and 4am. Recorded entirely with an elka 30 organ and given a gentle toasting through LPE's analog mastering set up. 

The room around it is filled with a dusty ash; smoke in haze like proportions. Eyes are blood shot, sunken below the rim of a glass. The organ's speakers cough vibrations into the room, smoke plumes spinning and spiralling into dissipation. No one speaks though the room is crowded, there is nothing to say and no one cares to hear it. Is there ever a time for last drinks? At the Lonely Women's Club it's an undecided question.

Lawrence English is composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English's work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches including live performance and installation to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.

Over the past decade, English's sonic investigations have traversed a divergent path through which musical languages and environmental sources are granted equal focus. His work calls into question the established relationships of sound and structure. English's sound work is evocative and invites the listener to explore their own narratives and impressions informed by personal histories and experiences. Published widely on respected imprints including Touch, 12K and Winds Measure, English's work is sculpted and overwhelmingly intricate. The Wire noted his 'use of space and silence is remarkable', and U.S. sound journal Signal To Noise described the Ghost Towns work as 'extraordinarily gorgeous modern music concréte'.

As a producer, English has completed numerous projects with artists including Tujiko Noriko (U, Blurred In My Mirror), Ben Frost (Theory Of Machines) and Tenniscoats (Totemo Aimasho, Temporacha). He has also completed commissioned compositions for acclaimed performance troupe Circa and other contemporary dance ensembles and has worked as a sound designer on video installations in collaboration with artists including Australian visualist Craig Walsh. His music has also been used in a number of films including a commission from Makino Takashi to create a composition for The Low Storm in 2009.

English's installation and gallery practice is concerned predominately with challenging the understandings and expectations of site specificity, sound and media. His 2008 'Trio For Objects' exhibition presented three discrete sound installations (kinetic, prepared and sculptural) which when experienced in unison created a 'related sound field'. In addition the 3-screen video installation Ghost Towns, seeks to create an abstract 'virtual map' of remote Australian spaces. In 2006 English produced a series of sound art works specifically for the deaf and hearing impaired under the title 'Silence Listening'. These works were amongst the first of their kind in the world, exploring and examining the notions of isolation and sonic interaction within these oft-marginalized communities.

Outside of his recording and art commissions, Lawrence English curates a number of ongoing sound and media programs including Mono at the Institute Of Modern Art and Syncretism at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. He produces the annual Room40 festival Open Frame (in Australia and London) and co-produces a number of other festivals including Sound Polaroids, Liquid Architecture and Frankly!. He continues to curate numerous conceptually driven art projects including Melatonin – Meditations On Sound In Sleep (for Next Wave Festival), Airport Symphony (for the Queensland Music Festival), Small Scores (for Valley Fiesta) and Audible Geography (for University Of Tasmania). He has presented radiophonic works with the ABC, Deutschland Radio, ORF (Austria's National Broadcaster) and for the BBC's World Service. He has written for many music and culture publications, catalogues and online outlets The Wire, Paris Transatlantic, Cyclic Defrost, and numerous online outlets.

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