oliver thurley: works list

works list

sorted by grouping || sort by date


hand in unlovable hand: trammel music for string quartet || in progress

trammel music for string quartet

all these fucking angels, I descender || in progress

for slide whistle and live spectral processing

trammel music || in progress

a collection of etudes and works of restraint:


hipparcos, the parallax drifter || piano (2021)

for piano, c. 15'

performed by Scott McLaughlin


the heart is a knot || double bass solo (2020)

lapis touch || a study for the augury (percussion solo) (2020)

dedicated to Barthes' erotic pianist


o horizon, gloa on the forest floor || harp and hand of metal (2018)

polynya, or ever less || electric guitar (2018)

khepri || cello (2016)

if some thing black || bass clarinet (2015)

solo bass clarinet, for Heather Roche

commissioned by Heather Roche

--under revision--


translucent spaces_courtyard || harmonium (2015)

harmonium & sine waves, 15'



yet another example of the porousness of certain borders || contrabass (2014)

solo contrabass, for Dario Calderone

commissioned by impuls festival and Gaudeamus Muziekweek

score || listen



satellites (sickle) || for two (2021)

for two

orrery II-α

satellites (sirius) || for two (2021)

for two

orrery II-β

petelia's totenpass || a study for the augury (two or more voices) (2020)

paid to the ferryman, a hymnbook


more info

(also available in word document and printable booklet formats. Web ambit generator in progress.)

a technical diagram for the abstraction of ockeghem's missa pro defunctis: kyrie, side elevation || harmonium, viola d'amore (2015)

harmonium & viola d'amore, for Klaus Lang & Barbara Konrad

score || watch


with the very same twist to their faces || baritone sax., accordion (2014)

baritone saxophone, accordion

score || listen



augury || flute, clarinet, harp, percussion (2021)

trammel etude, ii || violin, viola, piano (2019)

an etude of restraint, vulnerability, and damage. Kinect Manchester
for winnie, marco, and gwen.


all these points aflame, I descender || slide whistle quartet (2019)

a murmering for slide whistle quartet


trammel etude || string quartet (2019)

an etude of restraint, vulnerability, and damage


interloper || with Menschenstoff quartet (2019)

collaborative project with Menschenstoff quartet, for Ultima festival, Oslo, Norway, 19 September, 2019.

cello, harp, drum kit, live-electronics.

More information.

abate ablaze abrade || bass clarinet, piano, cello (2016)

hymns to sing at the apocalypse || b.fl., b.cl., vla., vcn., cb. (2015)

solo contrabass; b.fl., b.cl., vla., vcn.

commissioned by iN festival


whose veil remains inscrutable || sax., e.guitar, perc., piano (2015)

network for pianos || two to four pianos (2014)

two to four pianos

score (.pdf, 5 MB)

envelop || eight voices (2014)

eight voices: SSAATTBB

network for string quartet || string quartet (2013)

string quartet

score (.pdf)


percussion studies || electronic [album] (2021)

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.

'moving music that draws the spirit from the core of your being.' ~ boomkat

LINE records (LINE_122), 6 August 2021

bandcamp / boomkat / spotify

grid of four || quartets and noise (2016)

any number of quartets and a noise

two realisations on the larynx, closing album (March 2016)

against the grain, larynx || instruments, electronic, noises (2016)

instruments, electronic, noises

on the larynx, closing album (March 2016)

burrow || electroacoustic

electroacoustic, stereo (fixed)


Accessibility: I am aware that some of my scores are hard to read, and while I have tried to make things accessible for OCR and screenreaders, this isn't always possible. If you would like a more accessible format of scores (or even just clarification on my terrible handwriting) contact me and I'll do whatever I can.