CMU Approved

Approved: Anna Meredith

By | Published on Wednesday 12 December 2012

Anna Meredith

Composer Anna Meredith has had a very varied career in the field of classical music over the last four years or so. She’s had work performed at the BBC Proms, been composer in residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, written an opera, and guided Goldie into the classical world. Much of her success lies in her ability to think beyond the traditions of orchestral music, having added beatboxing to the mix on ‘Concerto For Beatboxer And Orchestra’, and getting the National Youth Orchestra to perform without instruments on the amazing ‘HandsFree’.

And that would be quite enough for most people to be getting on with, but Meredith also has a burgeoning career in electronic music to occupy herself with. In fact, her classical and electronic work have often crossed over, but there is a point where a clear divide can be drawn, where grappling with making a room full of people do what she asks becomes forcing the right sounds out of assembled pieces of equipment.

Having supported the likes of These New Puritans, James Blake and others, Meredith released her debut EP, ‘Black Prince Fury’, through Moshi Moshi in October. All four tracks on the release are smart, innovative journeys into her own world of sound, but lead track ‘Nautilus’ is a cut above still. An intense blast of brass sounds, it circles you like prey, before giving way to shuddering drums and bass that bubbles, rather than rumbles.

Listen to ‘Nautilus’ here: