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about

From stylus to stardust: Evolution of the Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra

An experiment in collective noise making, the Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra was created by Dr Leah Kardos in early 2019.

Through legendary producer Tony Visconti, Leah was introduced to Stylophone manufacturer Dubreq, who donated a collection of new and vintage instruments to Visconti Studio's analogue instrument archive, based at the University. At the sight of a car boot full of Stylophones, Leah found herself wondering aloud if a musical ensemble using the unique electronic instruments might be possible.

A notice went up, and a handful of intrepid students showed up to a first rehearsal.

Though the musical palette of the Stylophone initially appeared limited, its restrictions quickly inspired creativity and ingenuity.

With the orchestra made up of current and ex students, plus staff from across the University, the instantly recognisable sound of the original Stylophone has been augmented by the full range of Dubreq instruments, mixed in with Theremin, Omnichord and Volca sequencers, as well as the members’ collective voices.

The global pandemic put a stop to the group’s regular rehearsal schedule in 2020-21. So, with all upcoming performances cancelled, it was decided to turn the orchestra’s attention towards a collaborative production project – something that everyone could work on remotely, as both distraction and creative outlet. Once campus began to open up again in March 2021, the orchestra returned to Visconti Studio to record the finishing touches for this debut album release.

Paying homage to the classics of electronica from the past half century, it can be argued that Vangelis, Carlos, Jarre and Eno, are, in their own way, the equivalent of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Barber before them. But the group also wanted to collaborate on original compositions, exploring the unique range of musical expressions that only a Stylophone orchestra can make. Reacting to the passing of ambient music legend Harold Budd in December 2020, the orchestra created its tribute ‘Olancha Farewell’, blending voices and synthesisers within the long acoustics and plate reverbs of Visconti Studio – and re-amplifying the music through the resonant soundboards of the studio’s concert grand pianos – to create something fittingly elegiac.

The Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra is believed to be the only ensemble of its kind in the world.

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releases January 28, 2022

Musical director: Leah Kardos
All tracks produced by Leah Kardos, except Space Oddity, produced by Tony Visconti
Recorded remotely and at Visconti Studio, Kingston University
Mixed by Cian Ryan-Morgan
Vinyl mastering by Antony Ryan

Orchestra Players:

Current members:
Ershad Alamgir
Louis Bartell
Harry Green
Leah Kardos
Sydney Kaster
George Reid
Cian Ryan-Morgan
Arte Spyropoulou
Estelle Taylor-Noel
Isabella van Elferen
Zuzanna Wężyk

Plus past members who also feature on the album:
Jess Aslan
Mari Dangerfield
Jack Holland
Billy Wilson

Song Credits:

‘Akoustiki’
Composed by Zuzanna Wężyk
Arranged by Leah Kardos
Featuring lead vocals by Arte Spyropoulou

‘Brundle Beat’
Composed and arranged by Leah Kardos

‘Oxygene 4’
Composed by Jean-Michel Jarre
Arranged by Leah Kardos

‘Blade Runner End Titles’
Composed by Vangelis
Arranged by Leah Kardos

‘Music For The Funeral March & Procession Of Queen Mary’
Composed by Henry Purcell
Arranged by Leah Kardos
Featuring solo Stylophone performance by Zuzanna Wężyk. Moog sound design by George Reid.

‘Olancha Goodbye (For Harold Budd)’
Composed and arranged by Leah Kardos
Featuring Arte Spyropoulou, Isabella van Elferen, Ershad Alamgir, Louis Bartell, Harry Green and Leah Kardos on vocals. Also featuring Louis Bartell on Omnichord.

‘Space Oddity’
Composed by David Bowie
Arranged by Leah Kardos
Produced by Tony Visconti
Featuring Ershad Alamgir and Jack Holland on lead vocals. Also featuring Billy Wilson on Omnichord.

‘An Ending (Ascent)’
Composed by Brian Eno
Arranged by Leah Kardos

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