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Secluded Bronte: Magnetic Crochet


5/12/2019 - 5/12/2019


7:00PM - 9:30PM


Sonic Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre, 4 Cloreen Park, Belfast BT9 5HN


Free -Everyone Welcome

Secluded Bronte: Magnetic Crochet 

Secluded Bronte occupy a universe of their own making. Their music is so heterogenous it defies easy categorisation. The Anglo-Welsh trio were formed in London and launched on the other side of the Atlantic in New York City in 2002. Magnetic Crochet is a suite of songs, poetry, theatre and hardcore musique concrète.


Secluded Bronte are Adam Bohman, Jonathan Bohman and Richard Thomas. Their music is heterogenous, so it defies easy categorisation. And in a sense their remit is to defy categorisation, to refute genre.

Formed in London and launched in New York City, the Anglo- Welsh trio have been together for 18 years. Since that time in 2002, they have continued to plough an idiosyncratic furrow into the heart of what one might call art-music.

Rock 'n' Roll, bric-a-brac, bullfrogs, hardcore abstract noise, musique concrète, the sound of rowing boats, Chinese restaurant menus, references to cinema and television, comedy, poetry, songs, sketches and theatre co-exist equally. They are not so much a section in a record shop but the record shop itself.

Secluded Bronte seldom improvise, yet their scores are open enough to permit surprise. Predominantly, they take a conceptual approach to music. For example, in Duat is a music theatre/expanded cinema work that examined the cultural history of the loop; Gneiss is an exploration of geology; Neptunes is a song suite that engages with nautical engineering, the sounds of water, nautical literature, and so on. Their hörspiel Dark August Variations, commissioned by Dr Klangendum, weaved Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, a straight-to-video American horror movie, The Mabinogion (a collection of Welsh mythological stories) and their own audio travelogues and vignettes into an elliptical and perplexing tapestry.

Forthcoming is their most ambitious project to date, and as yet untitled feature-length experimental documentary film that explores the web of connections between minor planets, certain types of mould, 20th-century warfare and the development of optical sound film.

There is also an element of Secluded Bronte's sound which can be best described as a forensic exploration of the material physics of everyday objects; the sonority of plastic, the timbres of wood and metal, the sounds of electromagnetic objects. The sounds produced are placed on an equal footing with more conventional instrumentation; harmonica, piano, percussion, guitar, bass, violin, brass, woodwind.

For more information contact;


Amanda Kirkpatrick

Music, Events & Performance Officer

School of AEL

Queen's University Belfast

T: 028 9097 5227