All Systems Go: 7Balcony & Ela Orleans
A new exciting programme of live experimental music commissions, each exploring responses from UK and international artists to the pandemic. This event features a live instillation from Ela Orleans and performance from electronic duo 7balcony.
In 1984 Ed Ruscha lifted the phrase ‘the music from the balconies nearby was overlaid by the noise of sporadic acts of violence’ from J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High-Rise (1975), jarring the context for a dark futuristic urban environment with pastoral abstract art.
7balcony is an experimental electronic music duo initiated by composer-performers Richard Stenton (Birmingham) and Zach Dawson (Shropshire). They compose notated electronic music specifically designed for and performed by the duo. Their output synthesises a focus on performance practice with computer controlled outcomes through processes of durational and musical automation.
7balcony is a musical practice grounded in distinct references to historical periods as well as current experimental electronic genres. Contrary to previous audience reaction, performative elements and integration of fully notated music and graphic scores for keyboards positions 7balcony closer to an ensemble.
Ela Orleans is an electronic sound and visual artist, performer, academic and composer based in London. Her work fuses elegant, noir-ish laments, lush and atmospheric fractured narratives with influences ranging from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to the Éthiopiques series and Bernard Herrmann film scores. Since her solo debut Low Sun/High Moon in 2008, Orleans has received international critical acclaim for her growing catalogue of work.
Subsequently, Orleans has toured across the UK, Europe, USA and Canada, performing work at MoMA PS1, New York; MoCA, Massachusetts; The Venice Biennale and TATE Britain. She has worked on several albums, film soundtracks plus theatre and opera works. She has also completed a remix of work by new age sound pioneer, Laraaji for Warp and her album Circles Of Upper and Lower Hell was shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year in 2017. Following the performance of her audiovisual composition "Night Voyager" based on NASA archives at Sonica Festival, Orleans joined the Cryptic Artists’ roster in 2020. She is a PhD candidate in Music at the University of Glasgow