On Saturday 20th September Langham Research Centre and Peter Blegvad presented a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 from Broadcasting House. Eschatology is a radiophonic drama about the end of the world, witnessed from a liner adrift on a deserted ocean.
Written and narrated by Peter Blegvad, the last survivors are played by Harriet Walters and Guy Paul. Susan Rae delivers updates on the apocalypse as it spreads around the planet.
Music and sound effects are composed and performed by Langham Research Centre, using vintage electronic instruments and tape machines.
Eschatology is a poetic exploration of the end of everything: of land where we take to ships, of radio contact when white noise fills the receiver; of individual sounds as they echo into space.
Langham Research Centre performing OBAMIX at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, with Alwynne Pritchard and Thorolf Thuestad
Langham Research Centre and Alwynne Pritchard performing OBAMIX at Gamle Radhus for Ny Musikk Bergen, Norway on 14 February 2014.
New Langham Research Centre limited edition LP & CD on Sub Rosa, 28 February 2014: “John Cage - Early Electronic and Tape Music”
Extracts from debut performance of Freedom or Death - composed and performed by Langham Research Centre. Catherine Carter - soprano
Asked to compose a new piece about the struggle for women’s suffrage, Langham Research Centre were inspired to write Freedom Or Death after the 1913 Emmeline Pankhurst speech of the same name, heavily featuring her words in the libretto.
The piece was written for tape machines, analogue synthesisers and the mezzo-soprano Catherine Carter.
This is the final movement, heard here in its first live performance at Simulacra Studios in London. Photo by Olivia Milani.
Revox tape machines, a red plastic portable record player and a sine-tone generator - LRC in rehearsal.
LRC are creating a new work for mezzo-soprano Catherine Carter (pictured) as part of Borealis London, a celebration of the suffragette movement taking place at the Brix in London on 31st August, 2013.