Percussion Studies (LINE, 2021)

I’m thrilled to announce my new album Percussion Studies will be released in August 2021 by LINE, Richard Chartier’s inimitable label. It is available now.

“It’s moving music that draws the spirit from the core of your being.” ~ BOOMKAT

You can also listen on Spotify.

From the label:

Percussion Studies by composer Oliver Thurley presents a series of experiments that form delicate sheets of vibrant sound from orchestral percussion instruments. 

In ‘subcutaneous’, homogenous panels of sound are isolated moments suspended in negative spaces. Here, the noises of the listening environment bleed back in. 

‘sanguine’ gradually transmutes one resonant body (bass drum) into another (cymbal) through a convolution process that forms fragile entropic harmonies. 

Percussion Studies is the push and pull of hovering minimalist textures and reflections of emptiness. A barely-there energy is exuded from these pieces, like a phantom touch on skin. 

For ears that appreciate a space between the spectral clouds of Thomas Köner and mysterious sound worlds of Toshiya Tsunoda and Steve Roden.

texture of a cymbal, close-up photo

larynx, closing

last week, I released a new album of solo material. larynx, closing is a collection of two, or maybe three, or maybe four pieces across one hour and twenty minutes. it is very quiet.


1 – grid of four: first, across (16:07)

2 – against the grain, larynx (24:45)


3 – against the grain, larynx (continued, end) (16:34)

4 – grid of four: first (alternate take) and second, across (23:40)