Anthony Moore (born 1948) is a British experimental music composer, performer and producer. He was a founding member of the band Slapp Happy, worked with Henry Cow and has made a number of solo albums, including Flying Doesn’t Help (1978) and World Service (1981).
As a lyricist, Moore has collaborated with Pink Floyd on two of their albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994), with Floyd keyboard player Richard Wright on Broken China (1996), with Kevin Ayers on various projects and also contributed lyrics to Trevor Rabin’s Can’t Look Away (1989) and Julian Lennon’s Help Yourself (1991).
Anthony Moore‘s musical career began when he met Peter Blegvad, while both were students at St Christopher School, Letchworth. They played in various bands, including Slapp Happy (the name was a reference to Blegvad‘s then-girlfriend) and the Dum-Dums. After school Moore studied Indian classical music with Viram Jasani in 1969, and went on to compose his first film soundtrack for David Larcher’s Mare’s Tale.
It involved extensive use of magnetic tape (time/pitch shifts, layering, splicing, loops, feedback). Since then he has created a number of soundtracks for European, independent movies, many of which have won international awards.
In 1971 Moore moved to Hamburg, Germany and worked in Hamburg’s experimental music scene, recording two minimalist albums for Polydor Germany. In 1972 Blegvad visited Moore in Hamburg and, along with Moore‘s girlfriend (and soon to be wife) Dagmar Krause, Moore (guitar, keyboards), Blegvad (guitar) and Krause (vocals) formed the avant-pop trio, Slapp Happy. Moore and Blegvad composed the band’s music.
Pieces From The Clouded Ballroom predated their founding, whereas Secrets Of The Blue Bag and Reed, Whistle And Sticks were recorded and released in tandem with Slapp Happy’s debut, Sort Of. (Details from the first two of these: no wave 2013-08-04)
Reed, Whistle And Sticks consists of a single piece split into 99 tracks, consisting mainly of tape loops of recordings of bamboo sticks dropped onto various surfaces.
Slapp Happy recorded two albums for Polydor Germany with krautrock group Faust as their backing band. Polydor released the first, Sort Of in 1972, but rejected the second, Casablanca Moon. This rejection prompted Slapp Happy to relocate to London where they signed up with Virgin Records and re-recorded Casablanca Moon, released in 1974 by Virgin as Slapp Happy. (The original Casablanca Moon was later released by Recommended Records as Acnalbasac Noom in 1980.) In 1974 Slapp Happy merged briefly with avant-rock group Henry Cow, recording two albums in 1975, Desperate Straights and In Praise of Learning. However soon after recording the second album, first Moore, then Blegvad left the amalgamation on account of incompatibilities with the group. Blegvad remarked that the “chords and the time signatures were too complicated.” But Krause elected to remain with Henry Cow and that spelt the end of Slapp Happy.
Moore and Blegvad parted company at this point, but did reunite for brief Slapp Happy reunions in 1982-1983, 1997 and 2000. Moore, Blegvad and Krause also collaborated in 1991 on the specially commissioned opera ‘Camera’, which was made by the production company After Image and was broadcast two years later on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.
After leaving Henry Cow/Slapp Happy, Moore relaunched his solo career in 1977 by releasing Out on Virgin Records, with backing by Kevin Ayers and Andy Summers. Out, however, was not commercial enough for Virgin, and they cancelled Moore‘s contract. In 1978 and 1981 Moore recorded Flying Doesn’t Help and World Service, respectively on independent labels. Both albums were well received.
Moore has worked in various European locations as a freelance composer, writing songs and film scores. He has produced a number of albums, including This Heat‘s debut album and collaborated with Pink Floyd on two of their albums.
In 1996 Moore was appointed professor for research into sound and music in the context of new media at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. From 2000 to 2004 he was the principal of the Academy of Media Arts. Moore has also travelled to many European locations, presenting lectures on sound and music.
In 2002 Moore formed a music trio with Jörg Lindenmaier and Peter C. Simon called LMS, named after the first letters of their surnames. They performed in France and Germany between 2002 and 2003.
Anthony Moore – Pieces From The Cloudland Ballroom
Anthony Moore – Secrets Of The Blue Bag
Anthony Moore – Reed, Whistle And Sticks
Anthony Moore – Flying Doesn’t Help
Anthony Moore – World Service
Anthony Moore – The Only Choice
Anthony Moore – Out
Dagmar Krause, Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad – Camera
Arp & Anthony Moore – Arp & Anthony Moore
Slapp Happy – Sort Of
Slapp Happy – Slapp Happy
Slapp Happy – Acnalbasac Noom
Slapp Happy / Henry Cow – Desperate Straights
Henry Cow – In Praise Of Learning
Slapp Happy – Ça Va
Slapp Happy – Live In Japan – May, 2000