New Release - For Now Track 9: For Love, Labour,...
A preview of Track 9 of For Now an unfolding album. The final track of Part II is dedicated to Action for Children. Previously known as the National Children’s Home, this charity ran the orphanage in Whitby, Yorkshire, that took in my grandad, Lawrence Kidd, in the 1920s. For Love, Labour, Loss weaves some of my memories of Lawrence together - a mixture of nostalgia, joy and sadness on his...
New Release - For Now Track 8: For Getting it...
A preview of Track 8 of For Now an unfolding album. For Getting it Right is a blues to overthinking - how heavy thoughts can fill our heads and weigh us down if we’re not careful. With a little more time, space and trust, perhaps we can let go and become truly present. The track features saxophonist Ellie Steemson, who helped me create an orchestra of singing, moaning, chirping...
New Release - For Now Track 7: For Pressing On
A preview of Track 7 of For Now an unfolding album. For Pressing On is a song about perpetual motion, the inner breeze that passionately steers us towards our goals, come what may. The soaring melody is performed by star ‘cellist Gregor Riddell, spurred on by chirping flutes and deep drums. Download the full song on . Art - All in All by David Titterington // For Now is an unfolding album...
New Release - For Now Track 6: For Facing Up
A preview of Track 6 of For Now an unfolding album. For Facing Up is a song about finding strength, striding boldly against the obstacles that have hindered us for too long. The fiery melody is performed by my wife Sarah, a violin amidst a world of heavy drums, chimes and rumbles. Download the full song on or Amazon mp3 . Art - Remembrance by David Titterington // For Now is an...
New Release - For Now Track 5: For the Ride Home.
A preview of Track 5 of For Now an unfolding album. For the Ride Home is a song about nostalgia and the warmth that can come from a mental journey through the past, visiting our old homes. Get the full track: This is the final track of Part I of the project! Inspired by the great response I’ve had from listeners, I’ve now begun work on Part II and expect to be ready to launch in August....
New Release - For Now Track 4: For Mending -...
A preview of Track 4 of For Now, an unfolding album. For Mending - feat. ‘cellist Gregor Riddell - is dedicated to the charity Get Connected, the free helpline for young people who know they need help but don’t know where to find it. For Mending is a song about difficult times and their aftermath, how pain does not always leave us even when the crisis is over. With the right support from...
New Release - For Now Track 3: For Unfolding
A preview of Track 3 of For Now, an unfolding album. I made this song from booming synthetic drums and sampled wind instruments - bassoons, flutes, clarinets - the lead melody began life as a soprano saxophone. I wanted to create the sense of a strange journey - an awakening to new strands of life and ensuing struggle to understand and embrace them. Get the full track: Visit the For Now...
New Release - For Now Track 2: For Moving On
A preview of Track 2 of For Now - an unfolding album. The song features my mother’s ancient upright piano - sampled, filtered, distorted and locked to a resonating beat. Get the full track: Visit the For Now page Art - Fall (Death is Absolutely Safe) by David Titterington // For Now is an unfolding album written for the Internet. Direct, energizing, but also deeply thoughtful,...
New Release - For Now Track 1: For Each Step
A preview of Track 1 of For Now - an unfolding album. The song features Sarah Ibbett on violin performing with a virtual orchestra of violins, ‘cellos, pianos and drums. Get the full track: Visit the For Now page Art: Light in Light by David Titterington // For Now is an unfolding album written for the Internet. Direct, energizing, but also deeply thoughtful, these ‘songs...
Launching April 29th: For Now, an unfolding album
(Art: Closure by David Titterington) For Now is an unfolding album written for the Internet. Direct, energizing, but also deeply thoughtful, these ‘songs without words’ are drawn from experiences mundane & intense - written as a companion for both activity and reflection. Blending acoustic timbres with electronic impulses, these bold new sounds are unleashed to the internet in...
:: Project 51 ::
Project 51 - science fiction themed dance collaboration with choreographer Jacob Hobbs - performed at The Place Resolutions! January 2012. Clips from the score:
:: The Public House ::
The Public House - an installation/dance collaboration with the Hiru dance ensemble which ran in May 2011. Music composed live via Ableton/Max for Live loop station.
:: The King and the Minotaur ::
The King and the Minotaur - an installation/dance collaboration with architects Wignall and Moore and the Trumpet Creepers dance ensemble which ran through April 2011. The project featured soundscapes composed live via Ableton/Max for Live loop station. Listen to clips:
:: Baba Yaga ::
Baba Yaga, an interactive game/installation project with game designer Casey Middaugh which ran at the Barbican Pit Theatre September 2011. Players were challenged to navigate the maze to rescue the Firebird’s eggs, taking care to avoid the clutches Baba Yaga. The project featured live interactive soundscapes realised via Ableton Live. Clips from the score:
:: A Fever of Unknown Origin ::
A Fever of Unknown Origin was commissioned for the project Trying and Trying and Trying - a music and poetry collaboration with poet Gethan Dick and the Workers Union Ensemble, engaging with themes and data from contemporary biochemical research. The Album was launched February 2011. Project supported by the Wellcome Trust
:: Dahlia ::
Dahlia - dance collaboration with choreographer Letizia Mazzeo and dancer Elsa Petit - was created for The Place Resolutions! 2011. Dahlia lives alone in a world of her own imagining, of mundane routines punctuated with episodes of wild fantasy. Reading words from a dictionary, her misunderstandings are vividly enacted through a variety of expressive means - dance, music, sound and projection -...
:: Re Noir ::
Re:Noir - dance collaboration with choreographer Jacob Hobbs - for female trio, tenor saxophone and electronics. The work was premiered at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre in March 2009 with saxophonist Ellie Steemson. Inspired by film noir and all its ambiences, stock characters and clichés: our goal for the project was to capture and distill this essence of noir to create an abstract narrative of...
:: In the Garden ::
In the Garden - for voice, film, violin & electronics - was commissioned for the 2009 Bath Festival event: On The Edge of Life at St Michael’s Church. With director Chris Daniels and violinist Preetha Narayanan. Inspired by contemporary responses to the Rapunzel fairytale: a solo violin wanders through its own captured echoes and whispered fragments of the Grimms’ tale, as our...
:: Highwalking ::
Highwalking - screen dance short - was created in collaboration with director Jacob Hobbs and dancer Elsa Petit with vocals recorded by soprano Emma Brown. Engaging with themes of urban frustration, splendour and joy, the film was shot on the Barbican’s High Walk and premiered at the Circuit Soup film festival 2010.
:: Acid Reality ::
Acid Reality - film short - was created in collaboration with filmmakers Hayden Bannochie and Carlos Mancebo on a theme of acid rain in Sao Paulo. Celluloid films of the cityscape were dipped in sulphuric acid to produce a rainbow of distorted images. In a similar manner, cassette tapes of Bossa Nova were also dipped in acid, played back and the results recorded digitally. These elements were...
:: Rainbird ::
A pitch for the Rainbird project - challenging young film makers to make an advert for water conservation - with director Hayden Bannochie.
:: Sound Tracks ::
Sound Tracks - for sextet and electronics sampled from the London Underground - was commissioned by the Workers Union Ensemble for the Huddersfield Shorts November 2009. Listen to the live recording:
:: Rain Dances ::
Rain Dances - for solo alto saxophone and live electronics - was commissioned by the Workers Union Ensemble at the Leeds Festival, March 2011, performed by Ellie Steemson. I wanted to explore the wide spectrum of emotions provoked by rain and rainfall, placing the saxophone in a world of drizzling, trickling, gurgling and occasional downpour, landscaped by melodic/harmonic arches.
:: for an evening mind ::
for an evening mind - for solo modern violin, solo baroque violin and electronics - was commissioned for June 2011’s Early Music Experiment at the Rag Factory, performed by Ivana Cetkovic and Sarah Titterington Ibbett. An experiment in timbrel nuance and integration, the piece combines modern violin & baroque violin with a virtual ensemble comprised of sampled and processed strings,...
:: Impulse Imagined ::
Impulse Imagined - for ‘cello & live electronics - was premiered at November 2010’s Faster Than Sound concerts at Snape Maltings & Kings Place, performed by myself ‘cellist Gregor Riddell. The origins of music are rooted in the structure of our bodies. From the breath grows the melodic; from the pulse, the rhythmic. With a few special exceptions, most acoustic...
:: Cambrian Air ::
Cambrian Air - for horn duo and electronics - was commissioned for the June 2011 Seven Bridges street festival, an artistic regeneration project of Loughborough Junction. The piece was premiered outdoors under the Cambria Bridge by horn players Meredith Moore and Laetitia Stott. On a theme of the Cambrian Explosion - of new life, evolution and regeneration - the piece takes the St Francis...
:: Without Words ::
Without Words - a quintet for violins, ‘cello, bass clarinet and hang - was commissioned by the Living Room in London ensemble for their summer concert series 2010. The piece has since become an integral part of the ensemble’s repertoire and has been performed in venues around Europe. On January 23rd 2012, the ensemble launched their debut album which features a fantastic studio...
:: Cellosampler ::
Cellosampler - ‘cello and electronics - was written for the Aldeburgh Festival 2008 and premiered at the Faster Than Sound event, Bentwaters Airbase, by ‘cellist Olly Coates. Pitting man against machine, Cellosampler traps the soloist in rhythm-machines of sampled ‘cello - each inspiring bolder, more hysterical melodies.
:: Albion Trails ::
Albion Trails - an octet for violin, viola, ‘cello, flute, clarinet, horn, harp and vibraphone - was commissioned for the Barbican Centre’s Total Immersion event 2010 and performed by the BBCSO octet. The piece was later recorded at Maida Vale studios for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Thinking about the journeys and peoples that have shaped modern Britain, Albion Trails takes a well known...
[Without Words] by the composer David Ibbett, really appealed to us and we have...– The Living Room in London ensemble interviewed in MUSO magazine. Read the full article.
David Ibbett’s lo-fi electronic score put me in mind of John Carpenter’s...– Lise Smith of Londondance.com reviews Project 51 dance collaboration at The Place Resolutions! 2012. Morricone is certainly a big influence of mine! Read the full review
Jacob Hobbs’s consistently amusing Project 51 was first out of the gate…...– Donald Hutera of The Times, The New York Times reviews dance collaboration Project 51 at The Place: Resolution! 2012. Read the full review
The Ibbett and Riddell e-cello compositions were the ones that I found most...– Chamber Music Today reviews Impulse Imagined at Faster than Sound, Kings Place 2010. Read the full review
Conductor Richard Baker provided confident and precise direction from the...– Rosalind Porter, BBC Radio 3 writes on the Barbican’s Total Immersion 2010 event, and the premier of Albion Trails for octet. Read the full review
According to musicologist Nicholas Cook, the visuals of multimedia either...– Eye Magazine reviews film collaboration Acid Reality at LSO St. Luke’s 2008. Read the full review