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Letter Pieces
Letter Pieces performance by Shila Anaraki and Tomma Wessel


Electric Dreams A historic opera 2015 70 minutes

Performance and lecture pieces

Weird Audio Guide 2011, arranged 2020 For accordion, synthesiser (with samples) and drum-kit
Freedom for Notes and Men 2018 22 minutes For speaking accordionist
Lecture About Sad Music and Happy Dance 2017 1 hour In collaboration with Shila Anaraki and Aisha Orazbayeva For violinist and dancer
Lecture about Listening to Music 2017 32 minutes For lecturer, soprano/tenor saxophone and synthesiser/samples
Lecture about Bad Music 2015 40 minutes For lecturer, clarinet, electric guitar, synthesiser and violin
A to Zzz 2011 1 hour In collaboration with Shila Anaraki For four performers with light design
Letter Pieces 2007+ Open-score pieces for performer (e.g. dancer, live-artist, actor) and musician (vocal or any instrument).

Pieces with video

Hey Hey It’s Tuesday 2022 26 minutes In collaboration with Laura Spark For 3 percussionists and video
A Documentary Saga of the OULIPO 2006-07 22 minutes In collaboration with Rees Archibald
Train Travel 2006 20 minutes In collaboration with Rees Archibald For clarinet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola & video.
Six Aspects of the Body in Image and Sound 2004 19 minutes For clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello and video.

Vocal music

Songs about words and about the pleasure of misery 2012 20 minutes Five songs for soprano and piano
Instrumental Music 2011 25 minutes For eight voices


Six scenes for turntables and orchestra 2023 20 minutes In collaboration with Mariam Rezaei For improvising turntablist and orchestra
Glücklich, Glücklich, Freude, Freude 2019 20 minutes For keyboards and orchestra
Listening Styles 2013 15 minutes For orchestra with drum kit

7+ players

Explorations in Polytonality and other Musical Wonders, Volume 3 2022 21 minutes For 7 instruments: piccolo/flute, soprano/tenor saxophone, accordion, synthesiser, violin, cello and double bass.
Popular Contexts, Volume 3: The Music of Theatre Making 2011 40 minutes For conductor, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, drum-kit (with glockenspiel), guitar, mandolin, violin, viola, cello, double bass and sampler keyboard
Avant Muzak 2010 16 minutes For flute, soprano saxophone, drum kit, electric guitar, harp, violin, cello and sampler (also arranged for soprano saxophone, clarinet, drum kit, electric organ and sampler, violin, cello and double bass)
Joy Time Ride for Ives 2009 16 minutes For flute, oboe, bass clarinet, bassoon, drum-kit, electric organ, 2 violins, cello and double bass.
Five Monuments for Our Time 2008 7 minutes For conductor, 8+ instruments, and drum kit

2-6 players

Explorations in Polytonality and other Musical Wonders, Volume 5 2024 16 minutes For clarinet, cello, bass guitar, synthesiser, and drum-kit.
Symphony for clarinet, accordion and drum-machine (“the inescapable”) 2023 18 minutes Duo for clarinet, accordion and drum-machine
Explorations in Polytonality and other Musical Wonders, Volume 4 2023 15 minutes Quartet for 2 synthesisers, percussion and drum-kit
Minor Characters 2022 50 minutes In collaboration with Jennifer Walshe For vocalist, saxophone(s), electric guitar, synthesiser, and drum-kit/percussion
Grand Epic Fanfare 2020 18 minutes For flute and piano
Graveyard Slot (with guest appearance) 2019 20 minutes Quartet for alto saxophone, electric guitar, drum kit (with MIDI pads) and synthesiser (with samples)
Popular Contexts, Volume 7: Public domain music 2014 25 minutes For clarinet, electric guitar, synthesizer and sampler, drum-kit and cello.
The Major Sevenths Medley 2014 13 minutes For 4 electric guitars
Popular Contexts, Volume 6 2013 23 minutes Trio for vibraphone, drum-kit and sampler keyboard
Logic Rock 2013 7 minutes For guitar and drum kit
Popular Contexts, Volume 5: Language command 2013 24 minutes Quartet for speaker, soprano voice, tenor saxophone and synthesizer/sampler
Theme Street Parade 2009 18 minutes For string quartet.
Earth Breeze Smoke 2008 11 minutes For 2 recorders.
Fast Medium Swing 2008 10 minutes For solo piano, 3 instruments and sampler.
Line and Length 2007 9 minutes For soprano saxophone, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet & bassoon.
Slow Flipping Harmony 2006 8 minutes For any four melodic instruments and one auxiliary player.
Free Square Jazz 2005 10 minutes For soprano/tenor recorder, electric guitar, double bass and drum kit.
Deirdre's Threat 1999-2000 12 minutes For violin and piano.


Popular Contexts, Volume 8: five soundscapes for a contemporary percussionist 2015 25 For midi pads and assorted acoustic instruments
Left, Right, Up, Down, Pogo 2013 7 minutes For solo flute
Popular Contexts, Volume 2 2010 25 minutes For piano, sampler, voice and physical actions (one person)
Hi hat and Me 2010 5 minutes For solo percussionist (voice and hi-hat).
Popular Contexts 2010 30 minutes For piano and sampler.