The Keeling Curve
The Keeling Curve is an electronic music duo comprising composer Will Frampton and violinist Rhiannon Bedford.
They released their first E.P., 'Turpentine Tree', in April 2020. 'Turpentine Tree' uses electronics, found sounds and violin loops to create a dark meditation on the history and impacts of climate breakdown. The final track incorporates a statement due to be given in court by an arrested Extinction Rebellion protester. In 2020 the duo was awarded a grant from Sound and Music as part of the ‘Interpreting Isolation’ project to create a piece in response to the Covid-19 lockdown. The resulting work, Mersey Beat, uses sounds, sent in from around the UK, of people's 'daily exercise' during the lockdown. These are interwoven with pulsing synthesizers and a violin solo reminiscent of the English pastoral tradition. They have subsequently written an article, published by the British Music Collection, about the creation of this piece and how nature and climate breakdown informs their practice. Mersey Beat is featured in their second E.P., 'Riverbound', released July 2020. The duo had a proposal selected by Arts&Heritage to create a work in response to Ripon Workhouse as part of the 'Blue Sky Museums' project. The proposal was based on Alvin Lucier’s ‘I am Sitting in a Room’ and used northern worksongs to explore the locked-door history of the workhouse. The Keeling Curve have also written music for Whatstick and Proxemics Theatre companies.