Op. (pronounced Opdot) comprises the duo of Tim Laverack, an intensely talented classically trained pianist and music graduate who studied electro-acoustic composition under the tutelage of Simon Waters; and Gavin Kirtley, a naturally gifted bass player, media graduate and specialist electronic engineer.
Op. have a musical eye for detail and an ear for melody, textures and mood. Their compositions marry emotive melodic electronica with intricate beats. The key to their sound is constant development of thematic material within classical structures/forms. Blending synthesizers and acoustic timbres the duo aim to blur the boundaries between the dancefloor and the bedroom.
Originally interested in Musique Concrète, Op.'s Tim began to fuse its ideals with a new found love of Underground House. However it was creating music for the after parties that led him to the creation of Op.’s emerging sound. The Op. concept was conceived late one night in a post party bunker known as the Rave Cave - spontaneous jam with an unknown DJ led Laverack to think about applying his formative classical training to electronic beats - and the result is something quite extraordinary, the distinctive sound of Op.
The Op. project moved forward when Tim enlisted the help of his good friend and musician, Gavin Kirtley, whose interest in recording technology and knowledge of electronics was ideally suited to the development such a concept. At the time both were playing together in an Indie band called Little Me.
Kirtley's idiosyncratic bass lines were a major constituent of Little Me’ s sound, and it was this talent that further developed Op.’s musical language. After several years of performing all around the country with Little Me at venues such as the Garage, Dublin Castle and The Cavern both Tim and Gavin took the decision to set time aside to foster their new brainchild child together and Op. was born.
Op.'s debut album will be available through Just Music early in 2013.