Ambrose Field: composer, electronic performer, three time Prix Ars Electronica award winner (digital music composition, honorary mentions in 1996,1997, and 2006).
Field creates a high-octane sound world from instrumental and vocal performance fused with digital audio technology. Broadcast regularly by the BBC, with notable performances on Mixing It and Hear and Now, his work is released on the Sargasso, Centaur Records, and Memnosyne Media labels. Field specialises in creating surround audio presentations of his work for live performance, and is currently preparing a large-scale, 16.8...
Current Reviews of Storm!
Friday November 17, 2006
*** Storm :: Ambrose Field
If you need to thank the RAF in the sleeve notes of a CD, you have probably gone further than most to collect your sounds. Here, metal workshops, riots, machine guns and jets taking off are heavily processed and mixed with more familiar studio sounds, to create a story that as Field admits, has "more in common with Operation Desert Storm". Even the gargantuan purring cat on Wall of Windows sounds deadly. Storm! is a riveting, futuristic action-pic for the blind - which figures, si...
Worldscape Laptop Orchestra
photo: Phil McPhee
The Worldscape Laptop Orchestra
The Worldscape Laptop Orchestra is an ensemble of 50 performers, each working with a laptop as their instrument. Custom software for the ensemble was produced to enable wireless communication, and the composition of new musical works undertaken by composers Angie Atmadjaja, Jethro Bagust, Alex Harker (with Matt Posstle, Trumpet) . The systems were performed at two concerts of "Worldscape", a 3hr multimedia entertainment, by students of the Music Department at the University of York, UK.
Technology is now commonplace and essential t...
World Facts at the ICA
Ambrose Field presented his new multi-loudspeaker work World Facts at the World by Ear: Globalisation concert at the ICA London on the 21st June.
World Facts combines 190 audio strands (aprox 1 per nation) into an elaborately cut-up and funky electronic soundscape. Using freely available data sourced from America’s Central Intelligence Agency Online World Fact Book, this music maps the provision of relative economic wealth, basic human needs such as sanitation, and the international flow of oil money, into sound.
The ‘developed’ west gets big, monolithic and featurel...
The making of Storm!
The making of Storm!
From the stadium-sized guitar driven impact of Cathedral, to the hyper-real California 911(on stepping outside each day, you only have to wait a few seconds between hearing the sirens of police and firefighters) Storm! had to be an unusual experience. This page notes some of the techniques used in producing the album.
Storm! consists of a dense and volatile soundworld occupied by instruments, synthetic sounds, and location field recordings.
Whilst the instrumental and electronic parts were relatively straightforward to realise, I spent a while worki...
Prix Ars Electronica award for Storm!
Sargasso SCD 28054
Image: Jac Depczyk
High impact, over-the-top sonic grandeur meets blistering metal guitar solos in Ambrose Field's award winning electronica album Storm!.
In an album having more in common with Operation Desert Storm than anything natural, excess meets understatement head-on. The raw energy of Storm! is driven by a highly original sound world: Ambrose journeyed to locations the world over to source field recordings desolate spaces, unique personal stories, military hardware testing, and urban protests.
Bizarre stories, such as the personal yet public protest of a...
Live across two nations: Northern Loop
Northern Loop @ Huset, Copenhagen: live across two nations!
Northern Loop (Ambrose Field, Paul Fretwell) conducted their trademark live, just-before-time collaborative composition approach to live electronic media at Huset, Copenhagen, courtesy of the icmc on August 29th. We would like to thank everyone at Huset for making this technically demanding set go without any problems whatsoever.
Linked by real-time multichannel audio over i/p connection, Ambrose was able to work live in Copenhagen with Paul producing loops live from London. We setup a two-way exchange of high resolution a...
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Ambrose Field, composer and live electronics
John Potter, Tenor
Ambrose Field created Being Dufay in 2007, using extracts from Guillaume Dufay’s songs and motets sung by John Potter. From the outset, it was conceived both as a studio album and an hour-long concert event. In this live realisation of a studio sound world, Dufay’s music is presented intact, not something weird and alien, but rather an 'investigation' into the potential already in the original material. John sings the Dufay lines, while Ambrose digitally modif...