Everything You Can Imagine Is Real

by The Radiophonic Workshop

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A companion release to the recent Burials In Several Earths album, featuring a piece commissioned for the launch of the Pablo Picasso exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, paired with a re-work by noted experimental producer Rupert Clervaux, who has previously collaborated with Beatrice Dillon, Charles Hayward, John Coxon and the Sian Alice Group.

Winter 2016 -  the Radiophonic Workshop are approached by Martyn Ware (BEF, Heaven 17, Human League) to create and perform a new piece in response to an exhibition of work by Pablo Picasso. 'Everything You Can Imagine Is Real' - a celebration of the artist’s work - was staged at the National Portrait Gallery, London on the evening of the 20th January 2017.  This is a recording of that event - a release compiled from the best of those improvised performances and rehearsal run-throughs.
 
The work was designed around set themes and improvisations. Peter Howell created the initial structure - be it a rhythm, a sound, or a basic motif - in response to key artworks and poems from the exhibition: there are 7 sections (A-G), each one slightly shorter than the last, plus a coda (H). The tempo increases by 10bpm with each section, starting at 70bpm and finishing at 130bpm. The key also changes, starting in Am, working its way to D and resolving to A flat minor. The members of the Workshop experimented in rehearsal over a period of two days to work the piece up for performance - leaving as much as possible to be improvised on the night. Many of the start points were lost or subsumed along the way, making this a truly collaborative radiophonic composition. The live performances of Picasso were accompanied by images produced by OBSRVTRY and the two conspired together to create a powerful audio-visual experience on the night.

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released June 30, 2017

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The Radiophonic Workshop London, UK

Founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators.
Now, original members Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dr Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland and Mark Ayres are back working together, described by the music press as the ‘Electronic Buena Vista Social Club’ and ‘The British Kraftwerk’
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