Constant Filter | Discography | John Metcalfe

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John Metcalfe

Constant Filter | Discography | John Metcalfe

  • Artist: John Metcalfe with Matthew Barley
  • Title: Constant Filter
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Constant Filter with cellist Matthew Barley

An exciting collaboration between the rising British composer John Metcalfe and the internationally renowned cellist Matthew Barley. The project is summed up well by Barley's description of the music:

"Metcalfe's music fascinates me: it intelligently fuses acoustic and electronic soundworlds; it develops its themes with economic clarity; and - the main attraction - it speaks to the heart without ignoring the head. It can make me cry, laugh or dance, and that is what new music should be doing. I can hear the traditions of classical music, as well as contemporary rhythms and haunting synthesisers from the world of electronica. This is art that can speak to everyone about love and freedom, fear and yearning, and the deep mysterious joy of music."

Tracklisting and running order

Tracing The Outline (6 movements)

Kite (with Ashely Wass, piano)
1 - Appear
2 - Land
3 - Centre
4 - Parsal
5 - Tree
Lonely Bay
As She Fell
The Appearance Of Colour

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John Metcalfe - Constant Filter

'Most recently to be found helping Peter Gabriel transform the cover versions on Scratch My Back, John Metcalfe here furnishes cellist Matthew Barley with a series of pieces mostly composed for solo cello and electronics.

Using computerised octave-splitters and delay units, Barley achieves a surprising depth of sound and harmonic richness, particularly on the title-track, where echoing wisps of electronic sound flutter around the cello like butterflies; Lonely Bay, on which the concentration necessitated by using a 40-second loop imposes a deep meditative calm; and The Appearance of Colour, where the slow accretion, note by note, of a single 25-note chord produces an imposing serenity.'

The Independent (4 stars)

'Barley's booklet note explains how he decided it was time that he made a recording at home, and gives some idea of the steepness of the learning curve he faced. He seems to have made the ascent with ease: you'd never know it wasn't the product of some glitzy studio. His playing, of course, is just as accomplished.'

International Record Review

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John Metcalfe - Constant Filter