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Robert Ames

Robert Ames - Change Ringing (Coloured Vinyl) (Modern Recordings)


RELEASED: 3rd September 2021
180g Split Coloured Vinyl LP

Format: 180g Split Coloured Vinyl LP
Cat No:  538672081

As a conductor, curator and arranger, Robert Ames has been a key exchange agent between the classical tradition and contemporary music. co-Founding the London Contemporary Orchestra fresh out of the Royal Academy of Music, Robert went on to work like; conducting Jonny Greenwood’s Oscar Nominated score for the film Phantom Thread , strings for Frank Ocean’s Blonde , arranging and conducting shows for Little Simz and Sigur R ó s frontman J ó nsi, as well as a longstanding relationship with composer Actress, producing and writing on on his 2020 album Karma & Desire.

 With the LCO he has worked closely with the minimalist geniuses of the 20 th century like Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Philip Glass as the orchestra proselytized their worth to a new generation. Just before her passing in 2016, Ames conducted a special version of Pauline Oliveros Rock Piece with rock’s from Britain’s Suffolk coastline.

 It’s with this deep apprehension and wide practice that Robert turned his focus to writing his debut record; a breathtaking, seemingly infinitely generative stream of sonic consciousness, made for a meditative mental gaze. Robert’s unique use of 20th c. electronic techniques and Western tradition annotation saw him slow down recordings, annotate the slow-motion versions, then re-recorded them. This way he formed layers of audio and written music, a geological contouring of the soundscape. This addition of manual information evolution counter-intuitively found a royal road to the unconscious.

 “The majority of the album was written and recorded between April - May 2019 in my small studio in the Peak District” explains Robert (the Peak District is a famed upland area in the North of England known for its wide panoramas of valleys and gorges, cut through a limestone plateau) . “I naturally found myself drawing on sounds from my childhood. The echoes of choirs and organs in large spaces, distant church bells, large symphonic gestures