Helena Gough is an English composer based in Madeira.
Her work initially focused upon the collection and manipulation of 'real-world' sound material and the exploration of its abstract properties. Occasional deviations into synthetic and instrumental sources are now developing into more prominent ingredients. Each new sound-space is created by taking everything possible from the tiniest element, working to make something from nearly nothing. This reduction in means yields a density and richness of results.
Initially trained in violin and composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy, Helena went on to complete a BMus at Birmingham University. As a solo (laptop) player she presents her music live on a regular basis. Her performances are intended for dark spaces and involve multi-layering and improvisation with her sound materials in order to create a unique environment for each new event.
Her debut solo album was released at the beginning of 2007 by the London based label Entr'acte, followed by a second album in 2010. This album was placed at no.21 in The Wire's best albums of 2010. Her most recent album, released in April 2012, began with the simple idea of using only the cello as source material and explored improvisations made by cellists Anthea Caddy and Anton Lukoszevieze.