FALSE SELF

False Self works experimental Systems Music compositions that use found sounds and systematically remoulded quotations of existing music or texts to explore ideas of authenticity and identity.

False Self Plays Music For Six Pianos (2021)

The third album in the series, False Self Plays Music For Six Pianos comprises of four long-form compositions for six pianos. The compositions use integer tables to arrange found cells* of slow, jazzy piano music. Each piano has eight cells of music and one silent cell. The cells mobilize as hypnotic cyclones of repetition, that move in and out of sync, to create complexity from simplicity. As the compositions progress, the cells extinguish themselves in a languid, stuttering fashion — before the process begins anew.


*all of the musical phrases feature in False Self Plays Music For Six Pianos are direct lifts of MIDI data from jazz standards that have been performed by musicians who have put their music on the internet.

A notebook page scanned from the False Self Plays Music For Six Pianos composition process:

A False Memory Of A Sports Party (2018)

The second album in the False Self series was inspired by Elizabeth Loftus's research into the generation of false memories. The album finds me once again working with my False Self Supercollider system. This time however, I reworked, or to use Loftus's term — distorted, our joint efforts alone, in a final compositional phase. 

The voices that inhabit the album are sampled from a session between R.D. Laing and his patient Rory. This session was filmed as part of the 1987 documentary Did You Used to be RD Laing? The voices speak of past traumas, however both Rory and Dr Laing are unsure whether Rory's memories are recollections or confabulations.

The music is performed by synthetic instruments, notably late 1980s and early 1990s attempts to synthesize and sample acoustic instruments, such as the EMU Emulator II, Roland D50, Korg M1, Yamaha DX7iiFD and Fairlight CMI. These instruments have a clunky, strange, counterfeit tone that I find fascinating.

False Self (2016)

The False Self series began in 2016. The first iteration of False Self was a generative system. An algorithmic musician created in the SuperColider programming language, to compose and play alongside my true self.