Forthcoming in Autumn 2023
Digital Hybrid is the culmination of Tywi J H Roberts’ PhD composition work at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, which was an extensive exploration of integration between electronic forces and acoustic forces in both recording and performance situations, as well as distributed creativity among many collaborating artists and performers. Under the supervision of Mauricio Pauly, Larry Goves and Rodrigo Constanzo, Tywi created a wide range of pieces as part of this process, working with musicians including Psappha, the Nexus Duo, Johanna Leung (the Sonix Duo), electronic artist Manoli Moriarty, and the UnHeard Hybrid Orchestra.
The book takes the form of a creative commentary, and is an accompaniment to the album of the same name (releasing in 2022). It has been synthesised from a collation of Tywi’s writings on all the major works which he premiered in the period from 2018 – 2021, ranging from Study for Laptop, Guitar and Voice which included improvisation driven by YouTube selections, to fixed media integration of clarinet multiphonics with spoken word and electroacoustic sounds in Planetary Boundaries – Human Needs and Slushball Earth, to a mixture of AI-generated owl sounds with close-harmony female singing in the Welsh mythology exploration Blodeuwedd, and culminating in his extended and continuing work with the UnHeard Hybrid Orchestra; which creates a synthesis between acoustic forces and live electronic processing of the performers.
To explore the music ahead of the album and book release, and to see more about Tywi’s other artistic work, please visit: http://tywihywel.com.