Joanna Bailie: Artificial Environments

Joanna Bailie: Artificial Environments

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Release Date: 27 September 2019 

The chamber works on this portrait album, the latest in our Debut Discs series, demonstrate Joanna Bailie’s distinct and powerful skill of mixing field recordings and other found audio material alongside partial transcriptions, which are played simultaneously on acoustic instruments. The effect is otherworldly and immersive.

In the three-part Symphony-Street-Souvenir Bailie pays homage to the Italian composer Aldo Clementi (1925-2011). She borrows and twists one of Clementi’s compositional techniques, and introduces some of his musical obsessions. ‘Symphony’ uses the opening of the C minor symphony of Brahms, one of Clementi’s favourite composers; ‘Street’, a Copenhagen carillon (with accompanying ambient street sounds); and ‘Souvenir’ a music box. Over these a mixed chamber ensemble interweaves subtle layers and slow glissandi.

Trains features fragments of music on solo cello over a textural bed of radically slowed down audio material. In Artificial Environments Nos. 1 to 5 you hear the composer’s voice, like a futuristic tour guide in a science fiction world with recorded sounds captured in locations around Europe – the hills of Umbria, Copenhagen, Malmö, London and Brussels and in Artificial Environments No. 8 the solo piano is paired with an urban soundscape, recorded whilst walking up and down a queue of tourists waiting to enter Notre Dame in Paris.

Plus-Minus Ensemble



David Lefeber Recording Engineer & Producer
Mark Knoop Editing
David Lefeber Mastering

℗ 2019 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2019 NMC Recordings Ltd


This recording was made possible with support from PRS Foundation Composers' Fund and the RVW Trust.




Thank you to the Trusts, Foundations and individuals who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series:

The Bliss Trust
The John S Cohen Foundation
The Garrick Charitable Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison's Charitable Settlement
The Leche Trust
The Mercers' Charitable Foundation
Stanley Picker Trust
The Steel Charitable Trust
Terry Holmes
Robert McFarland
James and Anne Rushton
Martin Staniforth
Duncan Tebbet
Judith Weir

and everyone who donated through NMC's Debut Disc Appeal.

 Catalogue no.: NMC D252