Emmy Award winning composer and pianist Michael Price is set to release his debut album Entanglement through Erased Tapes – celebrated home of Nils Frahm, Lubomyr Melnyk, Douglas Dare and Kiasmos, amongst others – and you can stream it here in full, now.
The album explores new musical territories, with Price on the piano, backed by cello, soprano voice, string orchestra, modular synth, tape effects and electronics. Street sounds captured and processed on Price’s mobile phone sit alongside chamber music recorded direct to tape with vintage microphones in single takes. It was partly recorded onto a 1940s magnetic disc recorder, which immediately connected the piece back to a pre-digital musical age.
- REVIEW: Michael Price – Entanglement
Many of the titles and underlying concepts behind the tracks come from Price’s love of science and physics, and fascination with how science often can give us intriguing metaphors for human relationships.
“Entanglement is a very personal expression of my obsessions: music, love, physics and the inter-connectedness of things. There is structure and freedom, chaos and control, and the beauty of ancient instruments set against impassive machines,” says Price, whose work to date includes the score for Sherlock, composed with David Arnold.
“I wanted to make an album that sounded like a dark, Berlin record store discovery from the ’30s. Something that had timeless emotive power, and pre-digital rawness. Something that I hope would make a deeper connection in superficially networked times. I think there is a duty for artists to be honest, and vulnerable. Because then there is a possibility of real connection. Entanglement is both honest and vulnerable and to go through the two year process of writing, refining and recording an album has been more intense and more beautiful than I could have possibly imagined.”