Metal Machine Music at Bates Mill Blending Shed

Chris Horkan

Metal Machine Music at Bates Mill Blending Shed, 17 November 2017 Tickets from £17 (£14 concession/online) — Book now

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival sets the tone for this year’s outing with an interpretation of Lou Reed’s 1975 avant-garde album Metal Machine Music. The recital pairs France’s Ensemble 2e2m with German modern composition supergroup zeitkratzer – two ensembles with radically distinct musical approaches – as strings, horns and percussion tackle this notoriously difficult record, which features feedback and drone noise predominantly.

The concert also includes a new work by Kasper T. Toeplitz, the French composer and musician of Polish origin who cites Iannis Xenakis among his influences.

Metal Machine Music at Bates Mill Blending Shed, 17 November 2017 Tickets from £17 (£14 concession/online) Book now

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