One Day Band 26 is a double piano session featuring a collaboration between London based composers Sam Beste and Gwilym Gold. Taking place at Fish Factory studios the session finds the two musicians improvising a series of thoughtful pieces ranging in mood, expression and dynamism. Sam Beste, the curator of ODB 26, also took the opportunity to invite Andrew McPherson along to the studio, with his invention, The Magnetic Resonator. It can be heard throughout the recording manipulating the grand piano’s strings to produce subtle drones haunting the exploratory interactions between Sam and Gwilym.
Londoner Sam Beste aka The Vernon Spring is a polymath in music who has production, writing and performance credits as eclectic as Amy Winehouse, Matthew Herbert, Kano, Joy Crookes, Beth Orton, Blood Orange, Gabriels and MF DOOM. Since 2019 he has been making waves with solo project The Vernon Spring, which foregrounds his rare capacity to hold sophistication and simplicity in the same hands through highly intimate muted-piano compositions and improvisations.
Gwilym Gold is a songwriter and pianist. His work as a soloist includes albums A Paradise (2015), Sky Blue Room (2019) and the ever-transforming suite of songs Tender Metal (2012). He has also created original music for a wide variety of art and dance works.
Andrew McPherson is a computing researcher, composer, electronic engineer, and musical instrument designer and a Senior Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is Professor of Musical Interaction in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London, where he leads the Augmented Instruments Laboratory. Andrew holds undergraduate degrees in both engineering and music from MIT, an MEng in electrical engineering from MIT, and a PhD in music composition from the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew’s musical instruments are widely used by performers and composers across many genres, and his research has led to two spinouts: Augmented Instruments Ltd, which develops Bela, an open-source audio maker platform, and TouchKeys, a transformation of the keyboard into a versatile multi-touch control surface. He is deeply committed to teaching: Bela is used in the classroom by over 20 universities, and his online course on audio programming has been followed by learners around the globe.
released October 21, 2021
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