About lllyre

lllyre's first single, The Good People of Zhongguancun, is a fitting beginning to the new ambient & electronic project by composer Charlie Shifflett.

Written and recorded (mostly) using mobile devices (iPhone and iPad), The Good People of Zhongguancun invites listeners on a walk through Beijing's technology district, home to construction workers, university students, entrepreneurs, retail associates and more than a few counterfeiters (master's degree from Harvard, anyone?). 

 
lllyre - The Good People of Zhongguancun (Single)
 

about lllyre

lllyre's first single, The Good People of Zhongguancun, is a fitting beginning to the new ambient & electronic project by composer Charlie Shifflett.

Written and recorded (mostly) using mobile devices (iPhone and iPad), The Good People of Zhongguancun invites listeners on a walk through Beijing's technology district, home to construction workers, university students, entrepreneurs, retail associates and more than a few counterfeiters (anyone want a master's from one of China's top universities?). 

Other songs slated for release in 2018 & 2019 as singles and an EP also lean heavily on mobile technology. Each composition aspires to wrap listeners in electronic rhythms and melodies that - in their best moments - take us away from the here and now and draw us to a new place or to a near-forgotten memory.

When composing these pieces, Charlie, a writer and visual storyteller by trade, often uses a personal photograph as a starting point, as with the shot of Beijing construction workers (featured in the aforementioned single's artwork) taken in 2005 while Charlie was completing a narrative reporting project. These visuals unlock memories and emotions that Charlie translates into an array of sonic signatures.

The name lllyre ("lyre" with three L's) is a play on our collective embrace of mobile technology - from typos and autocorrect, to repetition (Like, Like, Like), to the creative use of characters to craft visual cues ("lll" being the strings of the lyre ; ).

The lyre, of course, is an ancient Greek instrument that can now be "played" on computer keyboards and touch-screen mobile devices - another hat-tip to the times we live in and the technology we embrace, for better or worse.

Have questions for Charlie about lllyre? You can email him here.