In Flow: Gamelan & Electronics

‘In Flow’ is an exciting ensemble combining Indonesian Gamelan with improvisation & electronics.

In collaboration with Andrew Madec (fellow Zinc bandmate and one half of electro-outfit VOIDS), I worked intensely together with the ensemble for a year, composing and developing a new approach for using improvisation to make music on the Gamelan. For this I was awarded the Arts Participation Bursary by Arts Council Ireland.

In Flow was subsequently developed into an immersive audiovisual show, featuring the 8-piece gamelan ensemble, guest percussionist Matt Jacobson and together with live projected visuals. This premiered at the Galway Jazz Festival 2019. A beautiful documentary about the project is slated for release in 2020.

In Flow was originally started in 2015, and initially led by Andrew with a focus on sampling the gamelan and various percussion instruments to make stripped down electronic beats. These beats were then processed through guitar effects pedals, as were some of the instruments during the performances. The result has been a beautiful musical collage, tradition married with technology.

In Flow is supported by both Arts Council Ireland and That’s Life; the award-winning arts programme of the Brothers of Charity Services Galway, which offers people with intellectual disability opportunities to discover and realise their artistic potential through working with established artists.

Our debut EP is available to stream and buy here.