Iain Chambers is a composer whose work often deploys field recordings and location sounds as compositional material.
Iain’s work is heard live in concerts, radio, sound installations and multimedia. His feature-length symphonies of industrial sounds, The Eccentric Press and Maudslay Engine, were commissioned by WDR Cologne and ABC Australia respectively. Recent commissioners include The Guardian, The National Trust, Oxford Contemporary Music, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Spitalfields Music Festival.
Iain staged the first concerts ever to be given in Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chambers, as the climax of 2015’s Totally Thames festival. The 12 performances turned Tower Bridge into a huge musical instrument, using recordings from London Sound Survey alongside a composition for the brass of Docklands Sinfonia.
Iain is a founder member of the UK’s leading musique concrète composing / performing ensemble, Langham Research Centre. LRC give ‘period’ performances of electronic work by 20th century composers, alongside their own new material composed for an instrumentarium of obsolete Cold War era technology. In 2014 LRC released a best selling recording of John Cage’s music on the Sub Rosa label, to be followed in 2017 with a release of original LRC compositions.
Recent awards include Prix Palma Ars Acustica, 2016 (Finalist for The Eccentric Press); Oxford Contemporary Music Boom Artist Residency, 2016-2017; Prix Europa, 2015 (Finalist for The Eternal Moment); winner of Sandford St. Martin Award, 2014, in addition to several Sony Radio Academy Awards.