"'Pleasure Island' is British composer Tim Parkinson’s disquieting and joyous Slip debut: play time in end times. Titled after the Disney adaptation of ‘Paese dei balocchi’ (or the Land of Toys) in Carlo Collodi’s ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ (1883), 'Pleasure Island' is a metaphysical playground of organic and digital cohabitation, its inhabitants pacified by toys and comforts. Alongside Dawn Bothwell, Suze Whaites, Laurie Tompkins, and Francesca Fargion, Parkinson exerts an uncannily emotional pull from an unlikely but potent alliance of ultra-minimal aesthetics, dead-beat drums, junk electronics, and mechanised mantras. Voices are hemmed in by electronic sound. People buffeted around by machines. Words surrounded by garlands of digital interference. Time repackaged as countdown.
Tim’s trash-opera ‘Time With People’ continues to be performed around the world, past champions of which include Object Collection, a.pe.ri.od.ic, Edges, and NEC, and he is a co-curator of London’s longstanding ‘Music We’d Like To Hear’ series. Despite decades of fiercely independent production, this is his only piece conceived of first and foremost as an album.
Tim Parkinson / keyboards, stylophones, drums, percussion, midi, electronics, sounds, vocals
Francesca Fargion / vocals on 'Happy Birthday'
Dawn Bothwell / vocals
Laurie Tompkins / vocals
Suze Whaites / vocals
Recorded in London Oct–Dec 2017 & Newcastle May 2018. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Artwork by Rick Pushinsky.
Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC
1. Beginning Middle End
2. Human Words Machine Lesson
3. Leave a Message
5. Happy Birthday
7. 600 to End
Tim Parkinson has consistently pursued an independent path, seeking to engage with whatever it means today to be a functioning composer in the world. His music is mostly written for a dedicated community of friends and musicians (amongst others Philip Thomas, Anton Lukoszevieze, Julia Eckhardt). He has organised many public concerts to promote the presence, wealth and variety of present day music exploration, one thread of which is the annual concert series, Music We'd Like to Hear co-curated with John Lely and Markus Trunk. As a soloist he has performed with Object Collection, Skögen, Apartment House, Set Ensemble, Incidental Music, Q-02, J.G. Thirlwell, Phill Niblock, Matteo Fargion, James Saunders, Lee Patterson, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Michael Parsons, Gavin Bryars, Joshua Rifkin, and Christian Wolff, amongst others.
His music has been labelled as experimental, "reconstructing music from the ground up", and "sounding like nothing else", the work invariably returning to fundamental questions around the meaning of sound.
He currently holds a Creative Fellowship at the Samuel Beckett Research Centre, and 2019 sees the 8th production of the complete “Time With People” at the Kallio New Music Days, Helsinki, and two new album releases of recent music on all that dust and Slip.