Destigmatising versatility and another Tide Harmonic review


An article by Jessica Duchen was published in The Independent on Friday ahead of that night’s Prom celebrating the many brilliant film scores written throughout cinematic history. The piece discussed the tendency for film music — or, earlier, programme music — to be dismissed as a lesser art form, and for composers who write for this medium, either solely or alongside more traditional compositional work, to be misinterpreted as dilettantish rather than versatile. It came to our attention as Joby’s name was among those contemporary composers mentioned, but an interesting look at this phenomenon in any case.

Also published this weekend was The Arts Desk’s Classical CDs Weekly roundup. Among those reviewed was Tide Harmonic, which was received very positively by Graham Rickson, who said that “Talbot’s mellifluous aquatic burblings [create] sounds of power and beauty,” and described it as, “music which is devoid (in a good way) of conventional cadences, which flows, buckles and changes direction just when you think you’ve the measure of it, like water dripping through your fingers.”