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Barrett, Richard: Adrift (psi)

Three live performances of collaborative electroacoustic compositions from 2007-08, each exploring different points of contact between precomposed structures and spontaneous invention.

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UPC: 5030243091027

Label: psi
Catalog ID: 09.10
Squidco Product Code: 12431

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock foldover, 3 panels
"codex IX" recorded live on October 5, 2008 at the Judith Wright Centre for the Arts, Brisbane by Michael Hewes; "adrift" recorded live on November 29, 2007 at The Warehouse, London by Richard Barrett; "codex VII" recorded live on May 10, 2007 at deSingel, Antwerp by Kevin Strauwen.


codex IX:

Richard Barrett-electronics, direction

Peter Veale-oboes

Richard Haynes-clarinets

Tristram Williams-trumpet

Benjamin Marks-trombone

Peter Neville-percussion, melodica

Erkki Veltheim-viola

Daryl Buckley-electric guitar, electronics

Joel Stern-electronics

Michael Hewes-sound projection


Sarah Nicolls-piano

Richard Barrett-electronics

codex VII:

Champ d'Action (and students of the Antwerp and Gent Conservatoria)

Richard Barrett-electronics, direction

Romy-Alice Bois-flute

Aoyama Terumichi-clarinets

Vlad Weverbergh-clarinets

Wim Van der Aa-trombone

Thomas Moore-trombone

Tom Verschoore-trombone

Juan Carlos Bonifaz-percussion

Fedor Teunisse-percussion

Fabian Coomans de Brachene-piano

Yutaka Oya-piano

Stefan Prins-piano

Kobe Van Cauwenberghe-electric guitar

Mattias Koole-electric guitar

Tom Pauwels-electric guitar

Marieke Berendsen-violin

Arne Defore-cello

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track listing:

1. codex IX 37:04

2. adrift 22:24

3. codex VII 20:13
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"Three live performances of collaborative electroacoustic compositions from 2007-08, recorded in London, Brisbane and Antwerp, each exploring different points of contact between precomposed structures and spontaneous invention: a duo adrift (in memory of Paul Rutherford) with pianist Sarah Nicolls, a nonet codex IX (in memory of Mauricio Kagel) with the ELISION ensemble, and a 17-piece group with Ensemble Champ d'Action realising codex VII (to Vinko Globokar)."-psi

Artist Biographies:

"Erkki Veltheim (b. 1976 Finland) is an Australian composer, improviser, performer and interdisciplinary artist.

Erkki has been commissioned by the Adelaide Festival, Vivid Festival, Australian Art Orchestra and Soundstream Collective, and his pieces have been performed by groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects include Gawanjalkmi (Song for the fallen) for voices and large ensemble (2015), in collaboration with Gurrumul and Jonno Yunupingu, commissioned by Skinnyfish and Gone West, Belgium; audiovisual performance work Another Other (2014/2016), with co-creators Anthony Pateras, Natasha Anderson and Sabina Maselli, commissioned by Chamber Made Opera; and audiovisual installation Fusion of Tongues (2015), commissioned by Punctum and La Maison Folie, Belgium, for 'Mons 2015 - European Capital of Culture' program.

Erkki has performed with the Australian Art Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Elision and Ensemble Modern, and has featured as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Opera and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has long-standing collaborations with indigenous musician Gurrumul, improvising trumpet virtuoso Scott Tinkler, and composer-pianist Anthony Pateras.

Erkki is a recipient of a 2013 Myer Creative Fellowship, and in 2014 was appointed Artistic Associate of Chamber Made Opera. He holds a Master of Arts, for which he researched connections between music and ritual."

-Erkki Veltheim Website (

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