Furt, the duo of British electronic and digital musicians Richard Barrett (1959) and Paul Obermayer, debuted with
the 70-minute 15-movement Angel (october 1995 - JDk, 1999), dedicated to Luigi Nono and the second part of a tetralogy titled "Out Of Time" that began with
Johannes-Passion (1993) and continued with Problem (2001).
Defekt (Matchless, 2002) was mostly taken up by the 45-minute
Ultimatum (february 2000), dedicated to Karlheinz Stockhausen and the
last part of the tetralogy.
Dead or Alive (PSI, 2004) contains two colossal jams of live electronic music:
Mice (june 2004) and the live
Sad Fantasy (may 2002).
They explore a vast territory ranging
from Morton Subotnick to free jazz to videogames.
The four pieces on
Omnivm (PSI, 2006) were culled from two live performances:
Obliged (march 2005),
Yet (march 2005),
Ever (april 2006),
Us (april 2006).
Spin Networks (december 2005) debuted the electroacoustic jazz octet of Furt plus John Butcher (saxophones), Rhodri Davies (harps), Paul Lovens(percussion), Wolfgang Mitterer (keyboards), Phil Minton and Ute Wassermann (voices).
Equals (2008) documents live 2005 performances with other (mostly jazz) improvisers.
Furt was pared down to the duo of
Richard Barrett and Paul Obermayer (both on electronics).
for Sense (Psi, 2009), that contained only two pieces:
the 45-minute Uranus, a studio work in 12 parts completed in august 2008
and the 25-minute Curtains, in memory of Karlheinz Stockhausen, recorded live on January 2009.
Furt's Richard Barrett played electronics and
conducted three differents lineups on his
Adrift (Psi, 2010).
The 37-minute Codex IX (october 2008) features
Elision, an eclectic ensemble with Peter Veale
Richard Haynes (clarinets), Tristam Williams (trumpets), Benjamin Marks
Peter Neville (percussion, melodica), Erkki Veltheim (viola), Daryl
guitar, electronics), Joel Stern (electronics) and Michael Hewes (sound
The 22-minute Adrift (november 2007) features
Sarah Nicholls on piano.
The 20-minute Codex VII
(may 2007) features a small orchestra
(flute, violin, cello, two clarinets, three trombones, two percussionists,
three pianists and three guitarists).
Furt's Richard Barrett collaborated with
electronic musician and guitarist Han-earl Park on
Numbers (Creative Sources, 2012).
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