Adrian Corker

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Adrian Corker
Adrian Corker.jpg
Background information
Born1969 (age 49–50)
OriginLondon
GenresAmbient
Experimental
Film score
Occupation(s)Musician
Film Composer
Curator
Years active1990–present
LabelsSN Variations
Village Green
Vertical Form
Associated actsPaul Conboy
Websitewww.adriancorker.com

Adrian Corker (born 1969) is originally from Sheffield and he began releasing music working with Paul Conboy after meeting in Manchester in 1990. He is a British musician based in London.[1] He is also a curator and film score composer.

Film/TV work[edit]

Corker and Conboy started writing film music for director Antonia Bird after she heard their music in 1997 and they wrote the music for a number of films and TV dramas by her including Face, Care and The Hamburg Cell. They also wrote the music for director/cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister’s Three Degrees Colder that won the Silver Leopard for best first feature at Locarno Film Festival. A soundtrack was released in 2006 performed by the Nuremburg Symphony Orchestra.

On starting to work solo from 2010 Corker continued working with Antonia Bird up to her death in 2013.In 2011 he also write the music for the film Way of The Morris by Tim Plester. Between 2013-2014 he wrote the music for The Village starring Maxine Peake and John Simm. In 2016 he wrote the music to Florian Hoffmeister’s The Have-Nots from a novel by Katherina Hacker.

In 2017 he wrote the music for Waiting for You directed by Charles Garrad and starring Fanny Ardant and Colin Morgan Towards the end of the same year he started writing the music for Rowan Joffės Tin Star and is currently working on the music for the second series. The music features musicians including Sam Amidon (who Corker also worked with on the Village) Leo Abrahams, Serge Vuille and Lucy Railton The second season will be broadcast in January 2019. [2]

Recorded Projects[edit]

Adrian Corker and Paul Conboy experimented with a couple of aliases before settling on Corker Conboy and released two albums and one EP which featured remixes by David Grubbs and Xela all on Vertical Form. As a solo artist In 2011 A soundtrack album to the documentary Way of the Morris was released on Jonny Trunks OST label. A first solo album Raise in 2013 on Village Green partly recorded in Iceland at Greenhouse Studios featuring musicians such as The Elysian Quartet, Helgi Jonsson, Jack Wyllie and Milo Fitzpatrick. A remix EP in 2014 StartMergeFade followed featured new material and remixes by Richard Skelton and Circle Traps.

This was also the first release on Corker’s SN Variations label which has so far released four releases. The Scelsi Ep had work by and derived from the work of Giacinto Scelsi. Duo for Violin and Cello was performed by Aisha Orazbayeva and Lucy Railton, Invertebrate Harmonics by Chris Watson and Hon Shirabe a solo shauhachi piece performed by Joe Browning and recorded by Chris Watson https://chriswatson.net/2016/03/27/scelsi-ep-limited-edition-vinyl-release/

In 2016 the soundtrack to the Have-Nots was released. The music consisted of violin,cello,viola da gamba,double bass and lock-grooves, and further music by Laurence Crane, John Cage, Aisha Orazbayeva and Lucy Railton. https://www.fluid-radio.co.uk/2016/12/adri an-corker-the-have-nots/

In 2017 Aisha Orazbayeva and Naomi Sato recorded Two4 by John Cage for violin and shō and released on SN Variations in a small edition with handmade calligraphy by Chris Bigg. In September 2017 a digital EP of 5 pieces from Tin Star was released.

At the end of 2017 he also released an eponymous improvised album on oscillators and saxophone with Jack Wyllie mastered by Stephan Mathieu.

Other Projects[edit]

In 2013–2014 he curated a series of shows at the Paul Stolper Gallery, The Silence Between, featuring sound artists Jem Finer, Rie Nakajima,Dawn Scarfe and Chris Watson.

https://frieze.com/article/chris-watson

In July 2015 he co-curated with Will Dutta MusICA Now Exploring Sound and Authorship at The iCA, an event of sound installation.performance and film by and inspired by Giacinto Scelsi.

In July 2017 he organised an event at the Gagosian Gallery with proceeds going to migrant charity Proem-Aid. Music was performed by Aisha Orazbayeva,Naomi Sato and Liam Byrne and the program had music by John Cage, Telemann, Gibbons and traditional Shō repertoire.

http://www.adriancorker.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Concert-Poster-by-Chris-Bigg.pdf http://thequietus.com/articles/22758-john-cage-piece-reading-launch-london

In October 2018 he co-curated with Unsound in Krakow an installation based on the environmental issues facing Poland’s Białowieza forest , the last primeval forest in Europe. The installation featured work by Peter Cusack and Martyna Pozńanka. http://thequietus.com/articles/23418-unsound-krakow-2017-mark-fisher-gas-wolfgang-voigt-review

Studio albums[edit]

  • Start Merge Fade (2014, SN Variations)
  • Raise (2013, Village Green)
  • Way of the Morris (2011, The OST Label)
  • Three Degrees Colder (2006, Village Green)
  • Six For Five Ep (2005, Vertical Form)
  • Radiant Idiot (2005, Vertical Form)
  • In Light of That Learnt Later (2003, Vertical Form)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Luke (13 June 2014). "INTERVIEW: Adrian Corker". The Quietus.
  2. ^ Tin Star. "Tin Star (TV Series 2017) - IMDb", "IMDb", 2017-2018

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