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Off The Page 2012: Gavin Bryars: The Story of The Sinking Of The Titanic

April 2012

Gavin Bryars discusses his composition The Sinking Of The Titanic, which originated in 1969 and has been evolving ever since.

Originally issued in 1975 on Brian Eno's Obscure label, and subsequently revived in versions that have incorporated electronica producer Aphex Twin and turntablist Philip Jeck, Gavin Bryars's 1969 composition The Sinking Of The Titanic is one of the most profound and enduring works in modern British music. In the mid-60s Bryars played double bass in the post-free jazz trio Joseph Holbroke, but it was as a composer of works that imbued a post-Cagean soundworld with a resonant emotionalism that he established his reputation.

On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic itself, Gavin Bryars opened the second edition of Off The Page with a talk telling the story of a composition that commemorates one of the 20th century's defining events.

The Wire and Sound And Music's Off The Page festival took place 24–26 February at The Playhouse Theatre in Whitstable.

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