New Release:

Artist: Leo Chadburn
Title: The Subject / The Object
Release Date: 26th June 2020
Format: Digital Album / Cassette
Genre: Experimental, Long Tone, Drone, Spoken Word, Minimalist

Leo Chadburn’s first solo release in five years, The Subject / The Object explores an intense, individual approach to drone and minimal music, in which voice and language become sound-sculpture.

The album comprises two 20-minute long tracks. The Subject is a labyrinthine stream of consciousness, a breathless monologue, in which words seem to dissolve into noise; The Object is a monolithic "choir" of the composer's vocals.

The two tracks are intended as shadows of one another, the night and day of the same idea: music as object, always the same, giving the illusion of existing in space more than existing in time. The album also reflects Chadburn's concept of music as a form of self-portraiture, with the idiosyncrasies and imperfections of his voice becoming the surface of the music.

The Subject / The Object : Credits


Leo Chadburn's unpredictable, wide-ranging work as a composer and performer includes experimental music for new classical ensembles, solo performances that merge his voice with electronic music, and music for artists’ film and installation art. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6 Music, Resonance FM and internationally.

He is also known as Simon Bookish, under which guise he released a trilogy of albums of 'avant pop' and numerous remixes for international artists (including Owen Pallett, Grizzly Bear, Seb Rochford, Serafina Steer).

His work in the last decade has been preoccupied with the ideas of 'found text' and the musicality/theatricality of speaking voices. These include The Indistinguishables (2014) for Quatour Bozzini, Five Loops for the Bathyscaphe (2017) for the Britten Sinfonia, ANTICLOCK (2019) for Decibel and RED & BLUE (2015), a solo performance based on the Cold War correspondence between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

He won a 2016 British Composer Award (The Ivors Composer Awards) for his piece Freezywater, written for Apartment House, and was nominated for a second award the following year for Affix Stamp Here written for the vocal ensemble EXAUDI.

His extensive collaborative work with visual artists includes Jennet Thomas' film The Unspeakable Freedom Device (2015), Richard Grayson's five screen video installation Nothing Can Stop Us Now (2014) and Cerith Wyn Evans' performance work Imagination Dead Imagine (2013), for spaces including Matt's Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Serpentine Gallery and the V&A.