Ellen King - Images and Sensations

by Crash Ensemble

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“Images & Sensations is shaped largely by the theme of dreaming. Specifically daydreams, lucid dreams, fever dreams and the sensations that these evoke, such as feelings of disconcertion, deja vu, nostalgia and deciphering what is (un)real.” - Ellen King

Feeding into this theme, the composition references particular phenomenons that have become increasingly more popular in recent years surrounding topics such as meditation, mindfulness and ASMR. These are explored sonically via instrumentation (e.g. singing bowl, rainstick, sub-bass, white noise), extended technique, instrument preparations, diverse textures and slow deliberate tempos to create hypnotic pulses and atmospheres that develop gradually throughout the piece from icy to affable.

The initial ideas for Images & Sensations were originally conceived in the etchings of a DJ mix of the same name for c- platform in early 2020. The composition for Crash Ensemble was subsequently written in the lockdown period that followed from late 2020 to early 2021.

Crash are extremely proud to present our latest EP ‘Images & Sensations’ by Irish producer and DJ Ellen King (ELLLL), a live recording from our world premiere at New Music Dublin 2021. This is the 4th EP released on Crash Records.

Images & Sensations is a Crash Ensemble and New Music Dublin commission from Irish producer and DJ Ellen King (ELLLL) and was premiered at New Music Dublin 2021.


released December 17, 2021

Composer: Ellen King (ELLLL)

Performers: Crash Ensemble
Flute: Susan Doyle
Clarinet: Léonie Bluett
Trombone: Roderick O’Keefe
Electric Guitar: Barry O’Halpin
Percussion: Alex Petcu
Piano: Maire Carroll
Violin: Larissa O’Grady
Viola: Lisa Dowdall
Cello: Kate Ellis
Bass: Caimin Gilmore

Conductor: Ryan McAdams

Audio Producer: Adrian Hart
Mixed and Mastered: Brian Bolger
Sound Engineer: Paul Ashe-Browne
Recorded Live at: Smock Alley Theatre
Artwork: Laura Sheeran
Design: Gareth Jones

Co-commissioned by Crash Ensemble and New Music Dublin
All rights reserved, 2021 Crash Records CRENSEPO4

Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland


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