Seed Award 2022 Q&A: Chris Bartholomew

Composer Chris Bartholomew mixes sound at a large desk with mixer and a laptop while in a backstage area with a ladder.
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To celebrate the winners of this year’s Seed Award, we caught up with all the selected artists and composers for a quick chat.

Here, we speak to Chris Bartholomew.

Can you tell us about your musical influences?

I’m most inspired by the artists that blur the lines between the acoustic, organ, synthetic and electronic. At the top of my list are Ben Frost and Hannah Peel. It’s so exciting seeing them both branch into music for film/tv—having such experimental music being used commercially gives me a lot of hope!

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve nearly finished my next album—“Moorbound”—it’s a love-letter to Newcastle’s Town Moor, publicly owned swathes of land 4 times the size of Hyde Park. A lot of it started as hardware jams which I’ve meticulously edited, re-composed and scored. It’s coming out on the Lancaster-based label Wormhole World in March.  

Alongside that are various projects with people around the North East and rediscovering my love for the deeper, more industrial side of techno!  

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