Fear of Gravity uses long, often identifiable samples from other people’s works as well as looping and repetition – all features which would quickly disappear from his work. John Wall has presented his work as tape playbacks at various events including at BBC Radio 3’s Mixing It and London Musicians Collective (LMC)'s “New Aura” concert series at South Bank Centre in 1997 and Sonic Arts Network’s “Cut & Splice” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2006. Both of these were broadcast by BBC Radio 3. In 1997 Wall was challenged by the LMC to make a live realisation of his work which combined both tape playback and live performers. "Untitled #4" was commissioned by LMC and Goethe Institut and performed at the ICA in London in 1997. The featured musicians were Jörg Widmann (clarinet), Peter Skaervard-Sheppard (violin) and John Edwards (double bass) and an excerpt from this performance was issued by LMC.
A number of other live realisations of his works followed including at Instant Chavires in Paris in 2002. A number of attempts have been made to transcribe John Wall’s works for live performers. Most recently, in 2009 Maarten Altena’s MAE ensemble commissioned a transcription of John Wall’s “Fractuur” which was performed (alongside works from fellow electronic composers, John Oswald and Francisco López in a programme entitled “Organised Sound” at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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