Music For Counterflows
Helena Celle (Kay Logan) presents a durational new work whipped up at home during lock-down.
In it, musical environments or musical organisms emerge and drift in a flowing state, allowing compositional and improvisational approaches to all fold into one nebulous mass. Composed using MaxMSP, it’s an ever-evolving landscape of melodic and melancholy synths, tilted experimentalism and swampy psychedelia, with The Residents and late-period Frank Zappa professed to be among the inspirations.
Helena Celle is the electronic music alter-ego of Kay Logan, who has emerged as one of the most exciting talents and deepest thinkers on the Scottish music scene. The first Helena Celle album was released on Night School in 2016 and she recently followed it with Copy Music, a collection of oddball rhythmic bangers. This year has also seen the release of Nothing New Under The Sun, the latest album by her virtual chamber group Time Binding Ensemble.
In this wide-ranging interview, Logan discusses these projects, her adventures in weirdo punk bands Herbert Powell and Anxiety, and the philosophical and mathematical methods behind her Counterflows commission.
Stewart Smith is a music and arts journalist and academic, with a particular interest in alternative cultural histories of Scotland. He recently launched Ion Engine, a newsletter dedicated to underground and experimental music from Scotland.