Ellen Arkbro is a composer and sound-artist primarily working with intervallic harmony in just intonation.
Her latest longplayer, Chords, on Subtext Recordings sees Arkbro adopt a more minimalist approach than on previous record For Organ and Brass, focusing on the immediate qualities of sound and elegantly expanding the tonal capacities of acoustic instruments using precise, subtle synthesis. Composed of a carefully selected combination of tones, Chords stretches, extends and obscures the timbral character of the instruments it is performed on. Across both tracks, Arkbro examines the sonic materiality and harmonic quality of chords. She considers how the compositions occupy space rather than time – transposing theoretical possibilities into the phenomenal realm.
At No Bounds she will be performing in collaboration with Caty Olive as part of Tactical Contact at Kelham Island Museum.