writes music.

Michael Cutting makes music with acoustic instruments and analogue devices. His recent work derives from experiments with reel-to-reel tape machines, characterised by warped loops, lo-fi noise and an emphasis on the theatricality of performance.

 

His output ranges from electronic releases to multimedia performances, works for symphony orchestra to semi-improvised live sets, and has been presented in HCMF (UK), AHEAD Festival (Lithuania) Manifeste Academy (Paris), and in venues from the Royal Festival Hall to Cafe Oto, Royaumont Abbey to Rotherhithe Tunnel Shaft. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Lake Radio (Denmark), LRT Radijas (Lithunia) and is released on the NMC and Ono record labels.

 

Michael studied music composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is now completing a PhD at Kings College London. He is based in Manchester, UK.


organises events.

Flatpack - January 2016

Flatpack was a collaboration between Michael Cutting, Joe Snape, Kaj Duncan David and Danielle Dahl, created during an intensive week-long residency at Islington Mill, Manchester. Playing a handful of shows in key sites for new music including Copenhagen, Aarhus, Liverpool, Manchester and London, the group presented a kind of ‘flatpack’ theatre: an entire show assembled, performed and disassembled over the course of the hour-long performance itself. The work is immersive, quietly theatrical and highly intimate: live electronics and sound recordings are offset by saxophone and percussion, while reel-to-reel tape machines duet with silent actions, amplified objects and simple lights.
www.flat-pack.uk

OHNO - March 2014

OHNO was a series of nights in March 2014 at London's Cafe Oto, produced by Michael, together with Joe Snape, Sandra Boss and Soren Kjaergaard. Supported by Sound and Music's Danish-UK Composer-Curator programme, the event brought to one room a diverse range of artists from the UK, Denmark, Germany and the US. Ranging from works for 7 chamber organs to live sets of electronics and light bulbs, OHNO's featured guests included Anders Lauge Meldgaard (Frisk Frugt), Simon Steen-Andersen, Theresa Wong, Another Contemporary Music Ensemble and Slip imprint. As a follow up event, OHNO will be taken to Copenhagen in 2016, with the support of SNYK.
www.thisisohno.org

 

runs an experimental music group.

Another Contemporary Music Ensemble is a Manchester-based group of musicians, working between the boundaries of contemporary classical and experimental electronic music. Described as 'an enchanting and multifaceted performance, the delight and surprise of which goes beyond mere novelty' (Fluid Radio), ACM's recent tour FLECK took the group across the UK and Europe, from Amsterdam to Aarhus.

Committed to working closely with emerging and established international artists, ACM has performed numerous UK premieres and commissioned over a dozen new works. The group has given performances in festivals such as HCMF (2013, 2014), New Music North West, OHNO, and has been invited to perform in Spor Festival (Denmark) and Druskomanjia (Lithuania) in 2016. In 2013 the ensemble was awarded an MBF Emerging Excellence Award, and its events have been supported by Sound and Music, SNYK, AUT, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK), and Commercial Lighting Systems Ltd.

ACM's next major project is the performance of a new multimedia work by Michael Cutting, in collaboration with visual artist Sarah Hill.

 

 

upcoming

16-22 January 2016____Flatpack - Manchester, London, Aarhus and Copenhagen

Written in collaboration with Joe Snape, Kaj Duncan David and Danielle Dahl during an intensive week-long residency at Manchester's Islington Mill. The hour-long performance will be presented in Islington Mill, Manchester (16th), Apiary Studios, London (18th), Koncertkirken, Copenhagen (20th) and Aarhus (21st)

 

26 January 2016_______Mario Goes Frippertronics - New Music North West Festival, Media City, Salford

Written in collaboration with Vitalija Glovackyte for two reel to reel tape recorders and objects. Performed as part of Another Contemporary Music Ensemble's programme in Media City, during the New Music North West Festival. Alongside works by Alexander Schubert and Simon Steen-Andersen.

 

5 Feburary 2016_______In Fields and Factories - Divertimento Ensemble, Milan

Second performance of a work written for Divertimento Ensemble, as part of their "Feeding Music" project in collaborartion with Milano Expo 2015.

 

15 May 2016 __________New work - ACM Ensemble, SPOR Festival, Denmark

New work for guitar, percussion and electronics. To be performed by Delia Stevens, Dave Bainbridge and Michael Cutting.

 

May 2016 tbc__________New work - ACM Ensemble, Druskomanija, Lithuania

New work for guitar, percussion and electronics. To be performed by Delia Stevens, Dave Bainbridge and Michael Cutting.

 

Summer 2016 tbc_______New work - ACM Ensemble, UK

New large-scale music theatre work, written in collaboration with visual artist Sarah Hill, with text from Michael Perrett.

 

<-- past events

 

past

3 December 2015 ______Mario Goes Frippertronics - Everyman Bistro, Liverpool.

Written and performed in collaboration with Vitalija Glovackyte for two reel to reel tape recorders and objects. Performed as part Vitalija's set, presented by Dialect.

more info

21 November 2015______This Is Not a Faux Wood Keyboard - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

New work for solo fender rhodes piano and loop pedal, commissioned by HCMF. Performed by Richard Uttley.

more info

4 October 2015 _______Mario Goes Frippertronics - AHEAD Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania

Written and performed in collaboration with Vitalija Glovackyte for two reel to reel tape recorders and objects. Part of a programme alongside work by Andrius Arutiunian.

more info

20 September 2015 ____Fields and Factories - Divertimento Ensemble, EXPO MILANO, Italy.

Commissioned by Divertimento Ensemble as part of their "Feeding Music" composition competition. All works will be performed as part of the EXPO MILANO 2015.

More info

17 September 2015_____Mario Goes Frippertronics - Rotherhithe tunnel shaft, London (Bastard Assignments)

Written and performed in collaboration with Vitalija Glovackyte for two reel to reel tape recorders and objects. Commissioned by Bastard Assingments.

more info

17-22 June 2015_______Tape Talk, Flutter and Warp - ACM's EU Fleck tour

As part of ACM Ensemble's EU Tour FLECK, alongside a new work Friday by Vitalija Glovackyte and the large-scale Fleck, Flob, Flop by Joe Snape.

Performances in Del Rex - Berlin, Spanien C - Aarhus, Mayhem - Copenhagen, and Splendor - Amsterdam.

More info

5 June 2015___________I AM A STRANGE LOOP IV - London Symphony Orchestra, LSO St Lukes, London

Commissioned through the LSO Panufnik Scheme.

13-17 May 2015________Tape Talk, Flutter and Warp - ACM's UK Fleck tour

As part of ACM Ensemble's UK Tour FLECK supported by Sound and Music, alongside a new work by Vitalija Glovackyte and the large-scale Fleck, Flob, Flop by Joe Snape.

Performances in Apiary Studios - London, Vivid Projects - Birmingham, S1 Artspace - Sheffield, Metal - Liverpool, International Anthony Burgess Foundation Centre - Manchester.

More info

27 November 2014_____ I AM A STRANGE LOOP III, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Performed by Sarah Nicolls, Olly Lowe, Dan Halford and Sound Intermedia in St Paul's Hall, as part of Sound and Music's Next Wave project.

more info

28 June 2014_________ clock in, on, out - Le Centquatre, Paris

Performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain and Exaudi, during IRCAM's Manifeste Academie 2014.

31 May 2014__________ I AM A STRANGE LOOP II - Royal Festival Hall, London

Performed by Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell. Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

29 March 2014________ I AM A STRANGE LOOP Ib - Cafe OTO, London

Performed by Robbie Gardiner, and ACM Ensemble as part of the OHNO weekend in Cafe OTO, curated by Joe Snape, Sandra Boss, Soren Kjaergaard and myself.

23 Janurary 2014 ____ I AM A STRANGE LOOP I & ...into the perpetuum of silence - Zurich Hochschule, Switzerland

Written in collaboration with clarinetist Robbie Gardiner and the Zurich Hochschule's ICST institute, this work for the newly created SABRe bass clarinet was premiered by Robbie in the University, with further performances in Paris, London and Manchester.

31 October 2013 ______Collaboration #1 - RNCM, Manchester

A collaborative project between 8 composers, performed by ACM Ensemble, as part of the New Music North West Festival 2013.

20 September 2013 ____...into the perpetuum of silence - Limewharf, London

Alex Roberts (clarinet). Part of Nonclassical's Heat The Beat programme.
Limewharf, London.

 

16 September 2013_____Artificial White - Royaumont Abbeye, France

Helene Walter (soprano) and Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, directed by William Blank.
Performed in Royaumont Abbey, France, as the culmination of the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Composition Session 2013.

 

upcoming events -->

music

• I AM A STRANGE LOOP series

I AM A STRANGE LOOP I (2013)
SABRe bass clarinet & electronics. Premiered by Robbie Gardiner in Cafe OTO, April 2014.

I AM A STRANGE LOOP II (2014)
for large ensemble. Commissioned by Royal Philharmonic Society, performed by Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall, May 2014.

I AM A STRANGE LOOP III (2014)
Inside-out piano, percussion & 3 cassette players. Part of Sound and Music's Next Wave Scheme, performed by Sarah Nicolls, Olly Lowe and Dan Halford in St Pauls Hall during HCMF, November 2014.

I AM A STRANGE LOOP IV (2015)
for symphony orchestra. Commissioned as part of the LSO Panufnik Scheme, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra in May 2015.

• Other works

clock in, on, out (2014)
for soprano, bass and ensemble (fl,cl,bsn,hn,tpt,tbn,perc,2vln,vla,vc,db).
Performed by Exaudi (Juliet Fraser and Jimmy Holliday) and Ensemble Intercontemporain at Le CentQuatre, Paris.

 

Artificial White (2013)
for soprano and ensemble (sax,perc,pno,2vln,vla,vc)
Performed by Hélène Walter and Lemanic Namascae Ensemble at Royaumont, Paris.

 

i can't go on, i'll go on (2013)
for ensemble (bcl,hn,tpt,tbn,perc,pno)
Performed by Lontano Ensemble, Kings College London.

 

• Official releases

Tape Talk, Flutter and Warp as part of FLECK EP - a limited run of CDRs with music by Joe Snape, Vitalija Glovackyte and Michael Cutting, with handmade artwork by Michael Holland, released on Manchester's DIY label Ono. A companion release to ACM and Joe Snape's Fleck tour in May and June 2015. Available to download from Boomkat.

 

 

 

 

I AM A STRANGE LOOP III released on NMC's Next Wave album, in collaboration with Sound and Music. Performed by Sarah Nicolls, Olly Lowe and Dan Halford. Available to download from NMC's website, and itunes.

 

email me at mcutting9@gmail.com.