BBC Radio 3â€™s Late Junction presents a collaboration between Mira Calix and Malcolm Middleton - Listen Online
UPDATE - The session was aired on August 13th and is available on BBC iPlayer until August 21st
In their own words, the Late Junction series "makes the introductions between two musicians, in this instance between electronic composer Mira Calix and singer-songwriter Malcolm Middleton, and the artists then begin a musical adventure as they write and perform new material for the session."
Malcolm Middleton, once half of cult Scots songsters Arab Strap, has as a solo musician become a voice of sparkling unpredictability, unafraid of touching on his own dark side. He has just released his fifth solo album Waxing Gibbous, and his work balances a fragile mix of self-doubt, humour and wry observations on the human condition.
Malcolm and Mira Calix, who live a few hundred miles apart, have been exchanging their new musical ideas online, and will piece them together when they first meet to record at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios in early August. Presenter Max Reinhardt will be on hand to present the session which will be broadcast exclusively on Radio 3's Late Junction programme on 13th August.
Of the experience so far, Mira Calix says:
“Malcolm has started some of the tracks, and I, the others, they've gone back and forth in both big and small chunks, as we've added to them and shaped them collectively. We're not quite finished yet, but the experience so far has been exciting (that’s waiting for new parts from Malcolm) and sometimes a little frightening (sending back bits of a track and hovering by the computer for a response).Considering someone new, creating space for them, being inspired and led by what they've done, while ultimately trying to please and create something we both rate, means I’ve had to approach things differently. I’m out of my comfort zone and I’m loving being there.”