Hannah Peel shares first track from eco-themed new LP
Hannah Peel launches new album, Fir Wave, out on March 26 on My Own Pleasure
Inspired by the cyclic nature of Earth’s ecosystems and environmental processes, the album aims to mirror these phenomena through electronic music, which Peel demonstrates “has so many connections to those patterns”.
The album draws heavy inspiration from Electrosonic, a collaborative KPM library 1972 album by Doctor Who composers Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson and Don Harper. Founded in 1956, KPM is a film and TV music library spanning over 30,000 pieces recorded over 70 years.
After being granted special permission to reinterpret music from the library, Peel gravitated towards the sub-series KPM 1000, on which the label compiled its most notable releases on 12” album format rather than their usual 10”s. Drawing on Electrosonic, as well as Derbyshire’s work for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Peel creates her own software instruments through the process of re-sampling, carefully reinterpreting the electronic music pioneer’s approach.
Peel is also known for co-curating BBC Radio 3’s Night Tracks radio show, on which she explores contemporary and modern classical music for night-time listening alongside broadcaster Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
Her past work includes ‘Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia’ (a large symphony written for synth and a 30-piece brass colliery band) and the soundtrack to the making-of film ‘Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch’, which led to her nomination for a Northern Irish Emmy for outstanding documentary composition.
After being premiered BBC Radio 1’s Lauren Laverne this morning, the track is now available to stream.