Ed Bennett: My Broken Machines

Ed Bennett: My Broken Machines

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Ed Bennett's music – described as 'anarchic' (Irish Times), 'manic' (Classical Music) and 'brutal' (The Guardian) – is performed by Decibel, the ensemble he founded: the haunting My Broken Machines evokes an abandoned fairground, while other works explore the manic energy of cartoons - Cartoon Music - or the atmosphere of an empty building –Ghosts, for amplified viola d'amore.

Garth Knox viola d'amore
Darragh Morgan violin
Paul Roe bass clarinet
Decibel
ConTempo Quartet
Fidelio Trio

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REVIEWS

TIME OUT CHICAGO NO.1 BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM OF 2011

'Macho, cock-rock guitar fuzz' Gramophone

 'Music for piano trio never sounded like this before ... thrilling' Gramophone

 'Powerful ... highly recommended' Musical Criticism

 'Intriguing and compelling ... Bennett is a man with his own mind' Musical Pointers

 'This is a fine collection of pieces by a composer with a clear vision and a healthy dose of talent. All of the performances and recordings are excellent' MusicWeb International

'This new NMC portrait disc confirms Bennett as composer laureate of the surreal and the embellished' MusicalCriticism.com

'The music of Ed Bennett makes strong statements about taking on, and overcoming, our contemporary challenges.' Journalofmusic.com

FUNDERS

This recording has been produced with substantial support from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

RECORDING CREDITS

Stop-Motion Music, Cartoon Music and My Broken Machines were recorded in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire on 28-29 July 2010.
Engineer/ Editor  SIMON HALL
Assistant engineers ANDREW MAWSON, KARL BANWELL
Producers SIMON HALL, ED BENNETT

Slow Down was recorded at the Forge, Camden, London on 2 December 2010.
Engineer ADAM CAIRD
Editor SIMON HALL
Producers SIMON HALL, ED BENNETT

for JF was recorded at the Aula Maxima, NUI, Galway, Ireland on 26 July 2010.
Engineer DARBY CARROLL
Editor SIMON HALL
Producers SIMON HALL, ED BENNETT

Monster was recorded at SERC, Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland in April 2006.
Engineer/ Editor/ Producer ED BENNETT

Ghosts was recorded at EMPAC, Troy, New York, USA on 15 November 2009.
Engineer/ Editor TODD VOSS
Producers SIMON HALL, ED BENNETT

Mastering SIMON HALL
Executive Producer for NMC COLIN MATTHEWS

(P) & (C) 2011 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D169
Release Date: 13 June 2011