Adrian Corker

Corker’s work began in 1995 working with Paul Conboy as A.P.E. with the release of the downtempo, imaginary noir soundtrack album ‘Striplight’. Tracks such as ‘Snake’s Pass’ and the title track opened the door to soundtrack work, and re-written, formed the backbone of the music to ‘Face’ directed by Antonia Bird and starring Ray Winstone and Robert Carlyle. Further soundtracks with Bird included ‘Ravenous’ starring Guy Pearce, BAFTA award winning ‘Care’ and ‘The Hamburg Cell' which also initiated a collaboration with cinematographer/director Florian Hoffmeister. Corker co-wrote with Conboy the score to Hoffmeister’s ‘Three Degrees Colder’, winner of the Silver Leopard at Locarno Film Festival and performed by The Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. He also solo, wrote the score in 2016 to Hoffmeister’s ‘The Have-Nots’, music that consisted of eroding locked grooves and a string quartet.

As A.P.E. Corker recorded an album in Rio, ‘Ebb and Flow’ with Brazilian artist Celia Vaz, also remixing artists such as Azimuth and Hermeto Pascoal, all for Far Out Recordings. After one electronic album as Soul Circuit for Talking Loud offshoot Sirkus, future collaborative work with Conboy was released as Corker/Conboy. There were two albums of homemade post-rock, ‘In Light of That Learnt Later’ and ‘Radiant Idiot’ as well as a remix EP 6 for 5, including remixes by David Grubbs and Xela. A remastered version of I’n Light of That Learnt Later’ will be released in 2024 alongside remixes by new US electronic artists Purelink.

Corker started working solo around 2010, writing the score to Tim Plester’s Way of the Morris. There was also an album of the music released on Jonny Trunk’s OST label. He recorded his solo album ‘Raise’ for Village Green Recordings in 2013 featuring collaborations with Portico Quartet and Lucy Railton amongst others. In 2013-14 he also wrote the music for both seasons of ‘The Village’ starring Maxine Peak and John Simms.”All plaudits were due..a great score which majored in atonality’ The Arts Desk. He went on to write music for all three seasons of Rowan Joffe’s ‘Tin Star’ 2017-2020. The soundtrack album to the last series ‘Tin Star Liverpool’ made No. 2 best soundtrack for 2020 in Mojo Magazine.

In 2014 he also set up his own label SN variations. The first release ‘StartMergeFade’ featuring a remix by English artist Richard Skelton. Other releases included work by Chris Watson, Lucy Railton and Kit Downes, Oliver Leith, who recently wrote the opera ‘Last Days’ and violinist Aisha Orazbayeva. It has released new performances of work by composers such as John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, Jack Sheen and Laurence Crane. He released his last solo album on the label in 2022, ‘Since It Turned Out Something Else’ (best contemporary classical on Bandcamp September 2022).

In 2020 he co-founded Constructive a project space for new exploratory media with a visual counterpoint. ‘Utopia or Oblivion’, a recent project and based on the work of Buckminster Fuller, consisted of music, a concert at Cafe Oto and printed art works by artists such as Paul Prudence and Joe Gilmore. Constructive has also forged partnerships with Japanese artists and has released work by Takuma Watanabe, Tujiko Noriko, including the score to Aneil Karia’s ‘Surge’, and Atsuko Hatano.

Finally Corker has curated events at venues such as the ICA London, the Gagosian, Unsound Festival and the Paul Stolper Gallery. In 2023 a multi-channel work in collaboration with Takuma Watanabe ‘The Impossible Balance (Transformations)’ was exhibited as part of Mode Festival in Tokyo.