Almost Nothing But (Butterflies and Clouds)


Programme notes

On a sunny July morning at High Melton in Yorkshire, I set out to record the sounds of butterflies and clouds. This was the result.


Thanks to Will Menter and Robert Normandeau for inspiration and source material, and acknowledgements to a large number of musicians whose names I don't know. This piece was intended as a homage to Luc Ferrari. And then, when it was already made, he died - and who am I to write a homage piece for him?


  • Goldsmiths College, London, England, at the Sound Practice Conference, 11 February 2006
  • California State University, Fullerton, USA, Fifth Annual Women in New Music Festival, Electro-acoustic Listening Room, Voices on the Edge, 9 March 2006
  • CBSO Centre, Birmingham, England, as part of Voyages Sonores, 19 March 2006
  • Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, in Empirical Soundings, an installation in Bendigo Town Hall, to mark the Commonwealth Games, 24-26 March 2006
  • The Space, London, England, in Wild Dog 3: Interior Spaces, 25 March 2006
  • Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester, England in MANTIS-EXPO 2006, 24 June 2006
  • St Peter's Arts Centre, Preston, England, in Trans-Pennine Electroacoustic Music Concert as part of SEAMUS Electroacoustic Music Month, 4 November 2006
  • ODC Theater, San Francisco, USA, in The 2007 San Francisco Tape Music Festival, 27 January 2007
  • Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, in the Zeppelin festival of sound art, El Sonido en la Cueva, 15 March 2008
  • International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2008) in Belfast, 27 August 2008
  • Guarnerius Center of Arts Jovan Kolundžija, Belgrade, Serbia, in Art of Sounds: 1st Annual International Festival of Electroacoustic and Polymedia Art, 27 December 2008
  • Featured in Framework: afield on Resonance FM on 28 June 2009
  • Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, England, in Sonic Interactions, 25 October 2010
  • Seventh International Conference on Music since 1900 (LancMAC) listening room, Lancaster University, England, 29-30 July 2011
  • Broadcast in the programme Acoustic Frontiers on CKCU-FM Ottawa, Canada, 4 February 2013