The album - simply titled Collaboration - is Wayne's personal collection of best moments from all the works he has commissioned in the last 25 years. The album includes his most innovative commissioned works, chosen by Wayne himself, as well as new exclusive recordings and contributions from the composers to celebrate Wayne’s career and their collaboration with him. Contributions come courtesy of legendary labels such as Warp, Domino, Erased Tapes, Planet Mu as well as sister labels Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics and artsists Jon Hopkins, Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds and more.
A new work is typically accompanied by a new soundtrack, and McGregor collaborators represent the vanguard of contemporary classical and electronic music, including luminaries such as Jon Hopkins, Ólafur Arnalds and Max Richter. This music has now been released together. Appropriately named ‘Collaboration’, the album features fifteen new tracks.
The design focuses on the elements that are consistent across the pieces. All were written to interpret or to inspire movement, and all were written to complement McGregor’s richly codified work. Translating movement to an inanimate surface without relying on cliches – figures moving or blurred lines for example – required an unusual approach. Rather than show the movement the design instigates or intends movement.
By elongating the letters to the degree that they are illegible viewed straight on, the viewer is forced to move the LP or themselves to decode the text. When viewed at a shallow angle each collaborator – and the name of the corresponding work – becomes legible, while the neighbouring works are further obscured. Circumnavigating – or rotating – the LP brings each of the artists into focus in turn.
When viewed from the front again the letters complete a ring of collaboration, create a satisfying and alluring geometric form, and an identifiable graphic device.
Inside the gatefold a detail of the ring is reversed, giving it an epic enveloping or planetary quality. The frenetic detail at the edge of the ring is suggestive of an urgent kinetic energy often evident in McGregor’s work.
1.Vessel –Jon Hopkins Commissioned for Entity (Company Wayne McGregor)
2.Infra 5 –Max Richter Commissioned for Infra(The Royal Ballet)
3.Variant V -Joel Cadbury & Paul Stoney arr. Benjamin Woodgates & Robert AmesCommissioned for Borderlands(San Francisco Ballet)New and exclusive recording on Mercury KX
4.Miserere Mei, Deus-William Byrd arr. Nico Muhly Commissioned for Machina(The Royal Ballet)
5....og lengra -Ólafur Arnalds, arr. Viktor Orri Árnason Commissioned for Dyad 1909 (Company Wayne McGregor)New and exclusive recording on Mercury KX
6.Blue i –Jlin Commissioned for Autobiography(Company Wayne McGregor)
7.Hymn of Adoration -Sir John Tavener Commissioned for Amu(Company Wayne McGregor)World premiere recording on Mercury KX
8.Nemesis 3 –Scanner Commissioned for Nemesis(Company Wayne McGregor)
9.Eclipse -Kaija Saariaho Commissioned for Limen(The Royal Ballet)
10.Swarming Season –Gaika Commissioned for +/-Human(Company Wayne McGregor, The Royal Ballet, Roundhouse, Random International)
11.War Anthem -Max Richter Commissioned for Woolf Works(The Royal Ballet)
12.Transit of Venus -Joby Talbot Commissioned for Chroma(The Royal Ballet)
13.After Death -Ben Frost arr. Petter Ekman Commissioned for FAR(Company Wayne McGregor)New and exclusive recording on Mercury KX
14.Atomos XI -A Winged Victory for the Sullen Commissioned for Atomos(Company Wayne McGregor)
15.Vessel (Orchestral Version) –Jon Hopkins, arr. Tom Hodge Commissioned for Entity(Company Wayne McGregor)New and exclusive recording on Mercury