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Simon Fisher Turner

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U.K. composer and sound designer Simon Fisher Turner is perhaps best known for his film scores of independent films, including a number of Derek Jarman's and his Oscar-nominated score for Anna Campion's Loaded. In his youth, he was a child television actor who recorded a pop LP and some 45s (self-described as "appalling") for UK Records and Ariola in the '70s. Later, he and Colin Lloyd Tucker were involved in the early days of the The, but soon went off as a duo (1982), recording two albums as Deux Filles (two French girls), then one as Jeremy's Secret. After Fisher Turner went solo, his film score work for Derek Jarman began, starting with the film Caravaggio and including his later score for Blue. He also recorded two albums (for El) and toured under the name the King of Luxembourg in the late '80s. The late '90s found him collaborating with Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) on live improvisations and the album on Travelcard; Fisher Turner also collaborated with choreographer Rosemary Butcher for several years and, in the late '90s, played in the Hangovers, a band led by Gina Birch of the Raincoats. He has recorded for Creation, Mute, and other labels under a variety of aliases (not including those previously mentioned): Simon Turner, SFT, and Loveletter, and in collaborations as Kendall Turner Overdrive and Bad Dream Fancy Dress. Throughout the 2000s, Fisher Turner focused on film and experimental music, releasing albums like Swift (2002) and Lana Lara Lata (2007), a collection of soundscapes made in collaborations with French sound artist Rainier Lericolais and Italian electronica duo T uM'. After creating the soundscape for Cynthia Beatt's Tilda Swinton-starring 2009 film essay, The Invisible Frame, he returned to more conventional music, producing British singer/songwriter Polly Scattergood's debut album. 2011 saw the release of the triple-album Soundtracks for Derek, which featured music composed for Jarman's Super 8 exhibition at the Julia Stoschek Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany. The following year he collaborated with Japanese artist Shiro Takatani and also performed concerts in Europe with the Elysian Quartet. Fisher Turner's score for the 1924 film The Epic of Everest was released in 2014 by Mute Records. Giraffe, a suite of processed field recordings and sound designs also featuring the Elysian Quartet, was released by Editions Mego in 2017. ~ Joslyn Layne
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