Andi Spicer


In Anglo Boer War (1999) he explored cluster note and microtonal techniques. The piece is a strident anti-war composition written for the hundredth anniversary of the Anglo Boer War and was a collaboration with the artist James de Villiers.

His 63 Moons (2003) composition was heavily influenced by Javanese gamelan music, Shona mbira music and contemporary minimalist composers.

Click Language (2004) continued Spicer's African themes and uses sampled words from southern African click languages such as Xhosa, Zulu and Khoisan languages as a sound patina for four percussionists, comprising vibraphone, marimba, waterphone and other hand-held instruments. Baobab (2003) employs polyrhythms inspired by southern African drumming and features the vibraphone and marimba. There is a version of Baobab for harpsichord (2006), written for Polish harpsichordist Kasia Tomczak-Feltrin. He is presently writing an opera for video based on Arno Schmidt's novel The Egghead Republic (Die Gelehrtenrepublik).

Recent works have explored live electronics and acoustic instrument blends, including midi instruments. Since the beginning of 2006, he has worked closely with French woodwind and electronic music soloist Julien Feltrin. Spicer has also worked with London-based percussion ensemble Brake Drum Assembly. He formed the ensemble Caos Harmonia in South Africa to perform his music in 1997 and The Kluster Ensemble in London with composer Polly Hewett in 2007.

Film and Video & Art Installations

Austrian video artist Peter Gold produced a short film for three movements of Anglo Boer War for the 2006 All Ears Contemporary Music Festival in London. Antarctica (1995-1996) is an early work for electronics written for an unreleased video of Antarctic landscapes.

Spicer collaborated with performance artist Paolo Giudici in the installation Thesis at the Hockney Gallery at the Royal College of Art in London in 2006. Painter/multimedia artist James de Villiers worked with Spicer in The Architecture of Air, which toured the US, Mexico and South Africa in 2001-2003 with Transformations, an exhibition of South African art. Inside, Outside (2001) is an electronic piece for a James de Villiers' installation of the same title shown at Carfax in Johannesburg.

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