OutsideIn is the second portrait disc of English composer Alex Hills to be released on Carrier Records. The first, The Music of Making Strange, led to Tempo Magazine describing him as ‘a composer of interesting and considerable gifts’, and was featured on Alex Ross’s The Rest is Noise blog.
The music takes inspiration from E A Abbott’s seminal piece of C19th science fiction ‘Flatland’, which imagines a world with only two dimensions. Alex’s work explores similarly extreme restrictions of musical dimensions, trapping the harmony in narrow spaces and the instruments in short, sample-like, gestures. Out of this comes music which is directed and focused, but also rich and at times unsettlingly intense.
OutsideIn features some of the most exciting performers of new music working today, including virtuoso violinist Aisha Orazbayeva and the vocal ensemble EXAUDI.
released January 31, 2020
Recorded in London at Stoke Newington Old Church by Erik Nystrom (OutsideIn and Flatland) and St. Marks Edgware Rd. by Daniel Ehrlich (Short Long Shrink Stretch).
Session Producers: Roderick Chadwick (OutsideIn), Mark Knoop (Flatland) and Alex Hills.
Edited and Mixed by Mark Knoop.
Mastered by Daniel Ehrlich.
Cover Art and Graphic Design by Albert Selezynov.