Morrad+McArthur quickly follow up their debut digital album 'Itinerant Mind' with a new work titled '2.0'. It's an expanded EP of three improvisational compositions recorded and presented during October 2014 as a live installation at GNARL Fest the East Midlands International Festival of Live and Video Art. The work was featured in the context of the SoundSpiral program at the festival.
The musicians Annie Morrad and Ian McArthur live at separate ends of the planet, composing and playing live performances through the use of digital software Mixlr and Skype. Mixlr is a stable internet radio platform through which Ian McArthur broadcasts electronic sounds, field recordings and live mixing. Annie Morrad plays live improvised alto and tenor saxophone against these.
The duo's approach seeks to enhance the understanding that live improvisation is a never repeated experience, one that adheres to the philosophical view of time as an instantaneous event, a moment never repeated. This video (see link) documents a live performance by Annie Morrad (UK) and Ian McArthur (Aust) on September 9 2015 at the Carbon Meets Silicon conference and exhibition at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, Wales: https://vimeo.com/139037938
Morrad (London) and McArthur (Sydney) began working together in 2014 exploring their interest in sound art, rhythm in the urban environment, improvisation, jazz, crowds and the city.
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