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Strange Beauty New Work for Cassette
Published 1 October 2010 by JT

Strange Beauty (preview) by Jo Thomas

Above is a small preview of my new work Strange Beauty

Strange Beauty
The work Strange Beauty was written as an invitation to place a work on a tape cassette for the entr’acte event of the 13th of October 2010, London.
Strange Beauty deals with the fine line between ugliness and beauty. I work with sounds not in obvious view hearing behind what is heard. The materials shift perspectives through a haze of bass, high harmonic content and pulse . Synthetic utterances are scattered and morphed into the dance floor, technological landscape and mind.

This work is to be available on the 13th of October from Entr'acte.
Please do come to the Entr'acte event 13th of October at the Drop. I'm performing with the Artist Filter feeder . I am very excited.
Thanks to Julian, Fu and Allon.


8 pm start

The Drop
175 Stoke Newington High Street
N16 0LH

Thank you
Published 14 October 2010 by JT

Thank you to all who came to the entr'acte event last night,

Photo:Jo Thomas/ Filter Feeder
The Drop, London, October 13th 2010


Angel: 8 Channel Presentation JTP 10
Published 14 October 2010 by JT

On the 4-7th of November my work Angel is being presented in 8 channel format at the James Taylor Gallery in Hackney.Full details here at this link.
It is part of a 4 day programme organised by an independent sonic arts collective called Call and Response. Angel was written in Paris in the Studio's of GRM in 2002, It is nearly 20 minutes long and detailed, lyrical and full of internal pulse. I love this work I hope you will to
Spatial line drawing of work while in the process of composition above.

Entr'acte Cassette Release
Published 15 October 2010 by JT

Produced exclusively for the Entr'acte event 13/10/10.
Limited Edition of 50 copies.

Side A
Filter Feeder – Paroxysm
Adam Asnan x ARAR – Combine I
Jacques Beloeil – Untitled

Side B
Lee Gamble – Screw Dislocations (ZQ Edits)
Giuseppe Ielasi – Untitled
Jo Thomas – Strange Beauty

Angel Call and Response 2010
Published 31 October 2010 by JT

This week my work Angel is being performed at the James Taylor Gallery, London. It is part of a series of performances arranged by the new sound collective C+R.

To hear a preview of the work go to this link.Angel

Angel is a very special work to me. It was my first major commission (INA-GRM Paris, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) The work was written in the Studio's of INA GRM in a duration of 3 weeks.
It is a long work with tonal and harmonic structures which evolve and
disintegrate over very short spaces of time. It requires a certain type of concentrated listening to make full musical sense. I'm lucky ,the C+R programme will have 8 channels of immersive sound and I think it will sound lovely.

Programme notes
Angel Jo Thomas

Angel is an exploration of sound and visual metaphors questioning the passing of time. The human body and the imagination are referenced closely together throughout this work as a means of exploring strange imaginary landscapes, fantasies of flight, timelessness and the extreme beauty of the human condition. Notions of landscape and the human body were essential components to the creation of the sound world.

When writing the music I wanted to reflect an atmosphere which was neither the ground nor the sky, night nor day, water nor air - a strange world, which stood in between worlds, - a multitude of spaces where one, could step into and perhaps, imagine and reflect.

Angel is also a work full of voice. Some scream with Arch strength, some sing with the warmth of Guardians and others simply call for peace.

Angel exists as both an audiovisual work and a piece of electroacoustic music. The work was written in 2002 as a commission from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, INA-GRM Paris, and Sonic Arts Network. The work had its world première in the Huddersfield Festival 2002 and was performed in GRM, Radio France with the acclaimed diffusion system.

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