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Sanctuary (Overtones and Deviations)

by James Batty

Fantasia 04:05
Frontier 02:02
Reflexion 03:57
Giants 04:30
Microcosm 02:46
Tree Rings 03:06
Hexes 05:05
Monarchy 04:20
Deviations 07:04


“Sanctuary (Overtones and Deviations)” is the debut album of London-based composer James Batty. It’s a project where he let his ideas “roam free, without the constraints of a particular sound or genre”, and was completed over a period of three months. In some tracks he combines otherworldly ambient electronics with ephemeral snippets of re-tuned piano. Others are beautifully crafted solo piano compositions that exploit the harmonic resonances of the piano to evoke different moods. Breaking out of the confines of the traditional 12-tone Western scale, much of the album features a 16-tone scale derived from the harmonic series. The music was inspired by painting, sculpture and film by artists Jo Baer, Henry Moore and Michael Haneke.



released May 27, 2016

James Batty is a pianist, composer and sound artist who works most of the time from his studio in London.

Even before he first discovered the piano at the age of eight, James was fascinated by sound and music, and has been improvising, composing and playing solo and with other musicians ever since. He studied piano and composition at Chetham's School of Music, and it was there that he began to develop his unique musical language – haunting, fleeting fragments of melody and distinctive, constantly moving harmonies – which won him a place in the final of the BBC Young Composer competition and on the prestigious SPNM Shortlist. From here, he went on to compose for a wide range of professional musicians and ensembles, including the BBC Singers.

All tracks written, performed, recorded and produced by James Batty at Lynchmob Studios, London. Tracks 1 and 10 recorded at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London. Mastering by Henry Buckle at Loma Capiro, London. Cover painting: Jo Baer, “Royal Families (Curves, Points and Little Ones)” (used by kind permission of the artist). Design by yeswaydesign.com.

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