music

crafting engaging music and sound works that restore connection with ourselves, our soundscapes and

our sonic imaginations.

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small silence mixes

 

January to July 2021

Featuring a range of work from established and emerging artists, these hour-long mixes provide restful and engaging listening. Ten shows were released over six months, interspersing sets by Richard Bentley (a noisy silence) with those from DJs; Alan Gubby (Buried Treasure Records), Nino Auricchio (d-Voxx) and Michael Cordova (Floating Point).

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Actualities

 

June 2020

7" Lathe-cut vinyl and digital release with collective Revbjelde: "Fear, frustration & furlough helped spawn this short collection of spoken pieces ruminating on stupidity, anger management, mortality & cheap flights."

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HOOHA HUBBUB

 

February 2020

Vinyl LP and digital release with collective Revbjelde:

"a spine tingling sonic séance" 4 STARS MOJO.

"a white knuckle ride through lusciously tangled psychedelia - alternatively furious & restorative" BOB FISCHER / ELECTRONIC SOUND

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Slumberbus SoundscapeRichard Bentley
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Seasonal Slumberbus

 

December 2019

Drawing inspiration from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, we invited passersby to step off the high street, hop into bed, snuggle up and reconnect with the season of goodwill. Captivated by the dreamy play of lights and accompanied by a fascinating and subliminal soundtrack of clockwork whirrs wheels and well-known mid-winter melodies, visitors were free to explore a selection of sound toys that reawaken their inner child. Then, warmed by that most delightful dream, we invited them to make an advent offering for the coming Yuletide. 

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James and the Giant Peach

 

July 2019

Working with young visitors to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden to record and produce a music-infused soundscape to accompany story excerpts and original illustrations from this famous tale. (July 2019)

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Giant Peach Audiobook (excerpt)Richard Bentley
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Flamboyance: The World Turned Upsidown

 

April 2019

The Annual Daydream Harvest quietly worked away with Aspire2, Whitley Community Development Association and Schools and community to grow a rather beautiful and unique event on the streets of Whitley South Reading.

UpsidownRichard Bentley
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Fright Night

 

November 2018

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Whistling grains from climbing frames. Sinister, unstable drones from a chest freezer and the clank of heavy iron gates. Most pleasing of all, the squeals and screams of visitors walking through the installation.  Fright Night with WCDA and the Annual Daydream Harvest

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Fright Night (excerpt)Richard Bentley
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Secret Symphony

 

October 2018

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Imagine walking through beautifully lit woodland with music and soundscapes transporting you to a different period in history. Visitors wander the woods, listening on wireless headphones to one of three, ten-minute compositions inspired by field recordings captured at the Woodland Trust's Tring Park in Hertfordshire. 

Ancient WoodlandRichard Bentley
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The Spire FinalRichard Bentley
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Flamboyance: The Spire

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April 2018

Working with the Annual Daydream Harvest collective to create music and sound for 'The Spire' event in Whitley . Students from the local John Madjeski Academy school recorded vocal phrases and contributed to the sound design through field recordings sourced at the school. All the elements were used in the four tracks used for the final event. 

Audibles FinalRichard Bentley
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Visibles FinalRichard Bentley
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Mechanicals FinalRichard Bentley
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Paraffinalia (Festive Road)

 

December 2015 and 2016

I was Musical Director for Festive Road's 'Paraffinalia' event in Milton Keynes 2015-16. In 2015, I was offered the opportunity to produce original music for the shows' fire performers and work alongside LoboTren, a community drumming group, to rehearse and perform a number of pieces to accompany the story of the Red Knight and Crow King. I was asked back in 2016 to compose music to accompany the main event a battle of knights, dragons and spirits. 

Balilika MysteryRichard Bentley (feat. Jude Haste)
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The Dragon PrincessRichard Bentley
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Paraffinalia 2015 Montage.mp3Richard Bentley
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Revbjelde

 

September 2016

Vinyl LP and digital release with collective Revbjelde:

"...the anguish, madness & carnage of a divided land that's lost its way. Featuring the sound of a Victorian upright piano being sledge-hammered to pieces, cristal baschet & violin." Agrona Wuhhung

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The Winter Giant

 

December 2015

Beautiful Creatures: Winter Giant

Writing music for the 'River Scene' of this winter spectacular. The music accompanied a giant heron and fish puppets on their way downstream to meet the lonely Winter Giant.

Heron IslandRichard Bentley
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Confession Box (excerpt)Richard Bentley
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Makeshift Machine (excerpt)Richard Bentley
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The Waiting RoomRichard Bentley
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The Annual Daydream Harvest

 

2014-2016

I have worked with the Annual Daydream Harvest collective since 2014 as musician, sound artist and performer. Early projects include:

  • 'Bones of a house' exhibition at Cornerstone, Sept 2016

  • Milton Keynes Fringe, August 2016

  • 'In an artist's shoes,' Langtree School - July 2016

  • Readipop Festival, Caversham - July 2016

  • East Reading Festival 'Insecurity Guards' - June 2016

  • Open for Art 2016 with Jelly - June 2016

  • 'Working the Makeshift' @Whitfest - May 2016

  • RePlay, Reading Year of Culture - May 2016

  • Flambouyance fire festival - February 2016.

  • 'Locomotion' for Jelly's 'Walking Words' - February 2016

  • Interactive installations at Caversham Festival 2014 and 2015.

  • Exhibition 'With Intent' at Open Hand Open Space Nov 2015.

  • 'ReTale' interactive installation at Jelly Arts, Summer 2015.

  • Poppycock sound sculpture, June 2015.

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Octopus Evolves Perspective

 

April 2015

In 2015 I was invited by Matthew Foster (Creative People) and poet Becci Fernley to write and produce a piece of music for this interdisciplinary installation. The piece integrated field recordings of local spaces with music, live poetry, sculpture and visual art exploring the story.

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PerspectiveRichard Bentley
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