Chris Ledwidge is an Irish composer working with classical, ambient and electronic sounds. After relocating across the country in August 2020 from Dublin to Limerick he deleted all previous compositions and songs apart from 4 pieces. This fresh break from old writing allowed him to break habits and gave a freedom to focus on projects in a new way.
“I had previously focused on writing for the alternative / indie band project, Athens but this recent change had given me the drive to complete work on my own, producing and performing all of the material. I think this will help as well when I return to the band project.”
Chris is currently working on a 4 EP project with a seasonal theme which will cover all of the different textures he is currently writing in. Classical in Winter, Ambient in Spring, Electronic in Summer and a combination with an Ensemble title for Autumn.
Each sound has its own EP release but they will all exist within the same compositional world with threads connecting each release through the year. The Seasons EP project has seen Chris take a turn away from having titles on any of the pieces. There are a couple of reasons for this. On one hand, since the move to Limerick he has been writing and completing pieces so quickly that the titles used have turned to function only as a system of cataloging the pieces as they come, and are then collected into each EP that they are suited to.
“On another side of it, as these are all instrumental pieces I don’t think I need to give a title to make my listeners think about a certain topic that the music might be about. These pieces will probably all mean something a bit different to each listener, which I think is what we all get from music anyway and we can get that even with no titles.”
As with lots of music that will be released this year, the material has moods of pause,introspection, anger, loss, longing and hope.
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