In broad string strokes, British cellist and producer Oliver Coates has contributed to the recordings of Radiohead, collaborated on composition with Laurie Spiegel and John Luther Adams, and performed as an improviser with Dean Blunt and Micachu. His in-depth understanding of and relationship with classical cello is met with his exploration and pleasure in electronic audio and synthesis.
Variously, Coates has received the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award and has been commissioned for film music by visual artist Lawrence Lek, recorded with composer Jonny Greenwood on the scores for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Phantom Thread and collaborated with musician Mica Levi on the 2016 album Remain Calm. He has also played live with Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Jonny Greenwood, Actress and Genesis P-Orridge.
Coates first developed his electronic programming and dance music tropes on Upstepping (2016), which leads now to the expansive architecture of his 2018 album, Shelley’s on Zenn-La, his first for RVNG Intl. Shelley’s on Zenn-La is an ambient braindance record that codes live cello performance alongside warm drone synthesis and drums. Coates made music for Shelley’s largely in Renoise software, composing complex drum sequences in numbers and pencil drawn waveforms. Another release for 2018 on the RVNG Intl. platform was a 16 part cello recording of John Luther Adam’s contemplative arcs of sound Canticles of the Sky.
Oliver also conceived and programmed Southbank Centre’s first DEEP∞MINIMALISM festival in June 2016, with large audiences lying on a church floor listening to the music of Éliane Radigue, and Pauline Oliveros leading her last public Tuning Meditation.