Cycles 7-16 is the second solo album of modern composition by Matt Dunkley, a leading orchestrator, conductor and arranger whose work spans television, film and theatre. It's a natural progression from Matt's debut solo album, Six Cycles, also released via Village Green in 2016. Like his debut, it was recorded in Berlin with the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg. Reaching the same heights of cinematic majesty, the album demonstrates Matt's abilities to summon a wide range of emotions and moods with his writing and arrangements, spanning serenity ("Cycle 13"), desolation ("Cycle 10"), and panic ("Cycle 7") throughout its ten tracks.
Matt also endeavored to push himself further here in order to expand his writing horizons. As well as being almost double the length, Cycles 7-16 possesses a much broader sonic palette than its predecessor, such as the full symphony orchestra on "Cycle 12" and the 7 solo pianos used on "Cycle 14." On others, Matt returns to his classical roots, using a string chamber orchestra on "Cycle 11" and "Cycle 16." Touring and travelling over the last few years, inspiration came from spending time in different cities and places. The wintry, tense "Cycle 7" was inspired by an early morning in Berlin, while "Cycle 15" was written whilst on a conducting trip to Norway.