Two solo performances this week at Experimentik in Berlin & All Ears in Oslo !

This Wednesday, May 18 I will perform a solo set for Experimentik, a monthly series for new & experimental music in Berlin. I will share the bill with Léo Dupleix.

Later this week i will travel to Oslo, Norway for a solo performance on Saturday May 21 at the longstanding All Ears Festival. I am thrilled to be heading back to Oslo, as i haven’t visited & performed there since 2013!

Live score for Bill Morrison’s ‘The Highwater Trilogy’ in Zurich Saturday March 26

I am very pleased to present a live score for American fillmaker Bill Morrison’s hypnotic 31 minute film ‘The Highwater Trilogy‘ at the Zwei Tage Strom festival in Zurich this weekend. The screening/concert takes place on Saturday night, March 26 at the Kunstraum Walcheturm.

Full details for the concert and more on this lovely 2-night festival here.

A Piece Of Work – LP / Digital – is out TODAY – March 4

I am thrilled to announce that ‘A Piece Of Work‘ is officially out on LP / Digital today via Berlin based label Second Editions. This piece was originally commissioned for radio broadcast in 2019 by Radiophrenia (Glasgow) and was developed further through live performances in 2019-2021 to conclude in this final version.

The piece features guest appearances by Seiji Morimoto (electronics) and Oren Ambarchi (percussion). Mixed with Joe Talia at Good Mixture and mastered/cut by Anne Taegert at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin.

I would like to send a BIG thank-you to Malte Jantzen of Second Editions for his support, enthusiasm and patience(!).

The album is available at all the great distributors (EU/US/JP) and can be purchased digitally directly through my bandcamp page HERE.

‘Assembled from fragments collected in Oslo, Berlin, Vienna, Winnipeg, Melbourne and Lisbon, ‘A Piece of Work’ is far more than a travelog or audio diary. cole’s compositions develop more like poetry, resolutely refusing to intone clearly about the exactness of place, but instead representing space, feeling and the joy of investigation. There’s a collage quality to the almost 30-minute composition that flows gently from blustering concrete sounds into warbling tonal drones, subtle crackles and synthesized sputters. But cole’s less interested in hard cuts than imperceptible evolution; her elements shift like sunlight, dipping behind the clouds for a moment, diving from view with perfect, natural timing.’

– Boomkat UK

New Commission w/ Oren Ambarchi presented live this week for Radiophrenia in Glasgow

On Tuesday February 15 Oren and I will present a new commission in a live to air performance for the wonderful Radiophrenia in Glasgow Scotland. The piece titled ‘1200 Hours AEST / CET‘ was developed during the first extended period that we had been separated by oceans since 2018. 

The backbone of the work is built of momentary daily recordings, mapping each day that we were apart, linking us across great distances and multiple time zones. From Berlin to Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) thirty-one seconds were captured every day at midday for thirty-one days. 

The live performance of the piece draws an additional metaphor for this period of separation and reuniting; we will each play a different sustained tone – one beginning at a higher pitch and the other from a lower pitch, and gradually sweep these tones towards the other until we conclude by meeting at the same destination tone.

The live component of this piece is an homage to the late Alvin Lucier, whose presence, work and ideas we are forever grateful. 

Details about our performance & the rest of this fantastic program here.

Duo this weekend w/ Oren Ambarchi @ FAQ Festival in the Netherlands

This Saturday November 6 Oren and I will perform our duo at FAQ Festival in ’s- Hertogenbosch. This looks like a lovely 3-day event featuring an entire program of Eliane Radigue works and performances by Russell Haswell, Sven-Åke Johansson & Jan Jelinek, Jessica Ekomane and more. Full festival details here.

Valid ForeverrRrrRRrrr… (pt.1), A New Piece Comissioned by Issue Project Room Premieres today, Wednesday Feb 03, 2021 8PM EST

In the mid-70’s artists Annea Lockwood & Alison Knowles published a magazine that sought to highlight the overlooked work of female artists working at the cusp of the visual arts, music, and performance. This magazine – Womens Work –  featured text-based and instructional performance scores by 25 artists, composers, and choreographers.

>>> Fast Forward to 2021… Issue Project Room has developed an online series – With Womens Work – commissioning a wonderfully diverse group of female-identifying—and gender beyond female acknowledging trans-experience – artists to create new works inspired by scores included in Womens Work. I am honoured to have my work kick off this very special series! The piece premieres at 8PM EST and can be streamed on Issue’s website HERE.

My piece Valid ForeverrRrrRRrrr… (pt.1) was inspired by the wonderful graphic + text score by American composer Beth Anderson. Here are my notes on the work:

Valid ForeverrRrrRRrrr… (pt.1)

Trio for two large similar paper things and one 5-pin bowling ball.

Gazing over Beth Anderson’s wonderful graphic score of the letter R in various typefaces and sizes had me hearing the sound of rolling r’s in my head. In Anderson’s original score she asks the players to perform rolls (with a velvet beater) on classic instruments – piano/harp and membranophones. I took a different approach, in part out of necessity due to the limitations of my current situation – an extended lock-down in Berlin, with no studio and inhabiting a small 1-room flat that I share with my partner, but more particularly by looking at it from a conceptual angle and applying my usual methods of working with non-typical instruments. I adhered to the score’s call for the piece to be a trio. From there the work was born out of the evocative nature of her playful page of R’s – tongue twirling rrrrrr’s, rolling vibrations, rumbles and quiet purrrrs…

My 2014 piece titled ‘keeping the ball rolling’ is meant to be metaphorically rolling in perpetuity and recently it has felt stiflingly paused with the events of this very challenging past year. While pondering Anderson’s score, an auspicious feeling struck me that set this piece back in motion. The feeling (and sounds) of movement and momentum conjured by this meeting feels somehow reassuring at this moment in time.


Valid ForeverrRrrRRrrr… launches the series this week, and on Saturday, February 6 at 4PM (EST) I will be part of an online conversation with Annea Lockwood and Irene Revell as a special members event. Details here.

A new piece for Amplify 2020 & solo LP’s now available on my Bandcamp

I am very pleased to have contributed a piece to the wonderful Amplify 2020: Quarantine series created by Jon Abbey / Erstwhile Records(US). The fantatic series was begun at the beginning of the lock-in (March 2020) and continues on to this day with contribution of pieces created by an incredible array of artists during these very strange times. I highly recommend taking the time to visit & listen to the growing list of thoughtful, rich and diverse sound work. Check the page here.

My piece ‘cezve rock‘ is an 8 1/2 minute piece made in Berlin – a slow murky meditation on vibrations. The piece is free to listen and download, but any donations of support are also very welcome.

In addition to this piece & several of my other albums i now have physical copies of my two solo LP’s – sand/layna (2015 Black Truffle) and Beside Myself (2020 Students of Decay) available directly from me. You can access my whole discography here.

Bandcamp is the most direct way to support artists and with their generous Bandcamp Fridays – a project instigated by Bandcamp on the first Friday of each month where they waive their fees and therefore flow 100% of sales directly to artists (minus PayPal fees) –this is a great opportunity to support artists during these very difficult times. The next Bandcamp Friday is tomorrow, August 7!

Performances and Talks in LA / San Diego

I will be a giving a talk at the California Institute for the Arts in their Experimental Sound Practices program tomorrow, February 25 (Survey of Sound Art class). In the days following this i will have a performance/talk with Oren Ambarchi at the University of California, San Diego as well as two performances next week in LA with Ora Clementi, my duo with James Rushford. Busy days in sunny California! more details on these events can be found on my upcoming page.