In 2014 Out of the Machine commisioned John Butcher to compose the hour long Tarab Cuts.
It’s origins lie in an earlier invitation from the Lebanese artist Tarek Atoui, who asked a number of composers to create short pieces for his "Visiting Tarab" project in New York (and later Sharjah).
The idea was to produce a modern day response to the pre-WWII Arabic music collection of Kamal Kassar of the AMAR Foundation in Beirut.
Butcher contributed "Between the Skies" - for saxophones and sound files derived from edits of Kassar's 78 rpm records.
Tarab Cuts expands this earlier work, utilising re-imaginings of many other recorded sources, and featuring percussionist Mark Sanders.
Wire / 5:4 (Bristol) - Point of Departure (London)