Langham Research Centre came together in 2003 with the purpose of using a studio as their instrument: a studio with microphones and also, crucially, several ¼” tape machines. From the start they were interested in manipulating sound on tape and in focusing on one sound source, or a small number of sounds.
Their inspiration and enthusiasm are driven by the soundworlds produced by maverick composers working in the middle of the 20th century. Like an early music group’s use of historic instruments, LRC continue to work with obsolete equipment including tape recorders, gramophone cartridges and sine wave oscillators, to perform authentic versions of 20th century classic electronic repertoire by John Cage, Alvin Lucier and others.
Their new studio album, “Tape Works (Vol. 2)” is released by Nonclassical on 26th February 2021. The album leans towards the Parisian musique concrète scene, with an emphasis on the spatial identity of environmental, architectural and mechanical field recordings. It follows 2017’s “Tape Works (Vol. 1)”, which compiled the group’s earliest tape experiments alongside longer-form concert works.