Music For Three Plays

Air-Edel Records are proud to mark the launch of their new sub-label ‘Besant Hall Records’ with the release of ‘Music for Three Plays’ in October 2017, an industrial influenced, techno-tinged, ambient and experimental electronic collection from the composer and producer Rupert Cross, known both for his regular collaboration with Ivan Smagghe and for being one half of Soft Error. The album is available to download and stream across all digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

The album, derived by Rupert’s recent theatre work, manages to be tough and jarring, with a machine-driven, hypnotic lure drawing you in from beat one. Through the cracks in the robotic, synthetic shell however, creep bursts of ambient beauty in electronic drones and orchestral wonder.

Over the last 12 months I have had the privilege of composing the scores to Faith Healer, Limehouse (both Donmar Warehouse) and The Treatment (Almeida Theatre). This album is a reworking and reimagining of early sketches, thrown out ideas, and final pieces from these three plays. I have always had an interest in the life of theatre scores, especially after the final performance, and having the opportunity to expand and develop pieces beyond a 30 or 40 second concept has been rewarding. Some of these tracks developed unrecognisably from their original form, and some felt like a simple continuation. I am grateful to directors Polly Findlay and Lyndsey Turner for inviting me to write for these three incredible plays.

– Rupert Cross