Cellist Lucy Railton released her debut album Paradise 94 on Modern Love in 2018. Emerging from a long-term engagement with contemporary music, her recent work exists between modern instrumentalism, hard-edged electronic composition and expressive musique concrète.
Paradise 94 continues her investigations into the acoustic and synthesised capacities of her instrument, merging the cello with archival recordings that narrate an autobiographical journey through layers of musique concrète, sampled organ, euphoric synths, industrial noise and speech, constructing a moving mass of sound that morphs and restructures itself, in search of a vividness that traverses saturated and light-headed states.
As a cellist and curator Railton is committed to dismantling hierarchies, performing and programming canonical works alongside those of emerging and lesser-known composers. Her expansive and variegated interests have led to countless collaborations and international appearances, most recently with inventor and electronic music pioneer Peter Zinovieff, pianist Kit Downes, producer Beatrice Dillon and composer Kali Malone. Alongside these collaborations Railton regularly performs works by composers such as Alvin Lucier, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman and Pauline Oliveros, and her engagement with this repertoire has occasioned extensive explorations of resonance, psychoacoustics, synthesis and microtonality, preoccupations that are ever present in her own work.
Railton trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she is currently a guest lecturer.
In 2019 she is a part of SHAPE, a platform for innovative music and audiovisual art from Europe.