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Radio 3 Special – Orderly Mouthpiece Spent

The Proms; a gleaming jewel in the crown of the BBC, and indeed the classical music culture of the UK and worldwide. An institution that deserves sincere respect, and deep, reverent admiration.


It was, then, with some surprise that I was asked at the start of this year’s season to create a one-hour radiophonic work to be broadcast on Radio 3 immediately following the Last Night of the Proms, that responded to, or commented on the festival in some way, all communicated through the prism of contemporary and experimental music practices.

Taking my previous radio series for Resonance FM Drivetime Underground as a model, the programme is devised by me, but features contributions from a whole host of artists that I admire, mostly from my groups ARCO, and squib-box. Several York Music department affiliates were involved in this way – Federico Reuben, Lynette Quek, and alumnus Tom Service.


The resulting show — Orderly Mouthpiece Spent — is a falsified, fictionalised, quasi-musico-radio-dramatic documentary-cum-live broadcast of new works, ‘old’ works, radiophonic treatments, adverts, interviews, radio static and gameshows exploring the tropes of classical music broadcasting, woven into a loose narrative about a presenter’s unhinged casting away of tradition, history and intellect.


The programme was originally aired on September the 8th, and is available on iplayer until early October. Please do have a listen!

Neil squib


Features contributors:

Fiona Bevan, Adam de la Cour, Kit Downes, Tom Jackson, Matthew Lee Knowles, Dominic Lash, Lore Lixenberg, Neil Luck, Musarc choir, Hatsune Miku, Lynette Quek, Federico Reuben,  Benedict Taylor, Max Wainwright




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Neil Luck is a composer, performer and director. His practice-led research focuses on the relationship of experimental music-theatre to other interdisciplinary art forms. He has written for a range of soloists and ensembles in the UK and abroad, and presented work at music venues, festivals and galleries internationally including the ICA, Kings Place, Whitechapel Gallery,…

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