Boomkat Product Review:
The revitalised Radiophonic Workshop follow up their well received Burials In Seven Earths with this 20 minute piece commissioned by Martyn Ware (The Human League/Heaven 17) to soundtrack an exhibition of work by Pablo Picasso.
Accompanied by a wigged-out and nimble remix from Ruper Clervaux (collaborator of Beatrice Dillon and Charles Hayward), Everything You Can Imagine Is Real is their response, collaged from recordings of the rehearsals and improvisations made in the two days running up the event, which was staged at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on 20th January 2017.
The Workshop’s original piece is finely structured around a movement in seven sections, each slightly shorter than the preceding, but increasing in tempo from 70bpm in 10bpm increments, while the key also shifts from Am to D and resolving at A flat minor, but also leaving lots of room for improvisation from the various members; Mark Ayres, Peter Howell, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Kieron Pepper.
The results reflect their subject matter with a surreal sort of ambient-electro-jazz chicanery, lending itself to Rupert Clervaux’s very Silver Apples-esque revision, full of clattering percussion and plasmic electronics scribbled down on samplers and CDJs.