Village Green

Thomas William Hill - Grains of Space (LP)

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Nottingham-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Thomas William Hill returns to Village Green with Grains of Space, his second album for the label following 2017s multi-textured Asylum For Eve. It will be released on 12-inch vinyl, CD and digitally on April 26th 2019.Grains of Space started life as a series of minimal loops, recorded using a viola da gamba a stringed instrument most popular in the Renaissance and Baroque eras and a loop pedal. Using the negative space within each loop as the primary drive for composing, Thomas began a process of joining the dots, allowing the silence to dictate the next layer, informing the length, pitch and timbre of notes. Between the overlap and juxtaposition of multiple layers, Thomas began to see melodies and rhythms emerging from relatively erratic elements: I began to see these loops - and recorded music in general - as a kind of fixed perspective that could be exploited. In isolation, a single layer may be no more than one or two notes punctuating four bars of silence, but when laid over multiple variations on that theme, disparate notes start to dance with each other and new connections take form, like constellations or deconstructed sentences. Using those recordings as the foundation, Thomas began incorporating a wide variety of other instruments into his palette, including bowed metallophones, gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, African kalimbas and metal tongue drums, as well as drum machines and analogue synthesisers. From the tense, opening drones of Carriages to sparser, more lyrical works such as Curvature and Refract, Thomas again demonstrates profound compositional insight, crafting highly poignant moments rich with harmony and texture. Complementing this, a more developed sense of pulse and rhythm characterises much of the album, such as the propulsive undertow of Willow and the tactile, modernist polyrhythms of Furnace and Tongue. Grains of Space also sees Tom collaborating and co-writing with a number of other musicians, bringing trumpet, violin, double bass and harp together to provide a broad and varied form to each piece.

Carriages

Furnace

Curvature

Refract

Tongue

Willow

Filament

Flock

Whorl

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