Software of Seagulls is the electronic alter ego of composer Chris Perren (Mr. Maps, Nonsemble), who started the project as a kind of experiment into sonic media, whilst he was undertaking a PhD in music composition.
The debut album, Sunrise Industry, is the culmination of four years of gathering, slicing, and assembling recorded improvisations, audio ephemera, and found sound. Though it is undeniably electronic, it is a kaleidoscope of acoustic sound, fracturing the organic grain and texture of recorded sound into a structured digital collage. Whilst the compositions themselves reveal a fascination with the bright sonorities of modern post-minimalism and math-rock.
Sunrise Industry is a highly unified record, with each track exploring the same sound world in a unique way. The sophistication of the compositions befits Perren's high level of formal composition training, without losing the childlike fascination and joyful curiosity of sonic exploration.
released March 16, 2015
Composed and produced by Chris Perren
Mastered by Chris Perren
Featuring improvisations by:
Chelsea Campbell-Wilson (Clarinet), Helen Carrington (Piano), Jacob Hicks (Drums), Briony Luttrell (Cello), Sam Mitchell (Drums), Fern Thompsett (Electric Violin), Mitchell Knox (Bass Guitar), Hik Sugimoto (Percussion), Sangdae Yang (Drums)