ANARCHY in the organism

Complex, vast, ambitious things captivate humans: composers too. We enjoy being dwarfed by an idea and we are excited by creations that explore and exceed boundaries. And so is it is with music which attempts to break free of the parameters of normal, quotidian life. This programme includes musical and visual works which capture monumental and challenging ideas (cells, swarms, genetics…) and present them in an analogous language. These pieces embrace and revel in the idea that it is thrillingly impossible to comprehend the whole of what is going on at any given moment. As Brian Ferneyhough said, this is a basic condition of human life: we simply grab hold of a thread, and hang on.


  • Anarchy in the Organism (2012) Simeon Nelson lead artist, Rob Godman music, Nick Rothwell video software (electroacoustic sound, live sound & image)
  • Siorram (1992) James Dillon (solo viola)
  • Lexicon (2012) Andrew Lewis (sound and video)
  • Crossing Over (1978) James Dillon (solo clarinet)
  • Halcyon (2011) Dai Fujikura (clarinet and string trio

Tour dates

  • November 2013: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 
  • January 2014: Kings Place, London
  • 11th July 2014: Frome Festival

a fascinating sonic network of relationships ….

5:4 review | November 2013

Goldfield Ensemble

Simeon Nelson: lead artist

Rob Godman: sound

Nick Rothwell: video software

Kate Romano: curator / producer

ANARCHY was kindly supported by the Wellcome Trust