Liam Carey compositions and recordings


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You can find my music in most of the usual places, including Spotify, YouTube, and Bandcamp. Here are a few of my pieces, with links to recordings and videos.


Concerto for Piano and Electronics (2019)  

This is a traditional three movement classical concerto but for soloist and video instead of an orchestra. In the first movement the video is a mash-up of 214 different pieces; the second movement the electronics consist solely of sine waves which are visualised by lissajous figures, and the third movement the video is made up of recordings of me finding various ways of banging and plucking the inside of a grand piano.





Here comes the other, for detuned harp and electronics (2020)  

A short piece for detuned solo harp and pre-recorded electronics which creates a sense of tension between the familiar and the 'other'.





Yes and No, for 22 solo strings (2017)  

The aim of this piece was to reflect the way that many things in life can seem to have contradictory qualities depending on how you approach them. It consists almost solely of a single chord made up of the first 22 pitches of a harmonic series on C and progresses by changing the voicing and articulation of this chord so that at one moment it sounds highly consonant, the next highly dissonant, and at other times like an ambiguous combination of both. My intention was never to fully resolve this conflict or ambiguity, but rather to create a piece which allows itself to continuously oscillate between different points of understanding.






This is not a manifesto, for 13 players and video (2019)  

Written for 13 players and video, the video for this piece comes from an interview with the serialist composer Milton Babbitt in which he criticises the use of new sounds for their own sake. I thought it was ironic that a modernist like Babbitt would take such a reactionary position and it seemed like a good start to a piece that deals with the tension between new and old. This recording is a live performance of the piece by the Berg Orchestra in Prague. Unfortunately the recording was audio only, so I have added the video elements of the piece to the score video to give you an idea of how they look.





Nothing New, for piano and electronics (2014)   pdf

A short piece for solo piano which is also amplified and the signal delayed to create what is essentially a two part canon. The idea was to write a piece which played with the idea of gestalt in music, looking at how we group and organise what we hear. The two parts, although identical, at times seems to fuse to create a single part, and then other times seem to separate and work against each other. Can also be played on two pianos without electronics.







Remixes - I also sometimes make remixes for friends and family, here are two that I'm particularly fond of:

D.I.F.F.I.C.U.L.T.Y. (remix)  




Paddle (remix)