ABSTRACT With a view to uncovering the political implications of notational, technological and musical innovation in composer–performer relationships within Western art music, this paper examines three disparate works: Christian Wolff’s Duo for Pianists II (1958); Brian Ferneyhough’s Unity Capsule (1975); and Georg Hajdu’s Schwer… unheimlich Schwer (2009). By first exploring two innovative 20th century works, […]
In a 1993 interview, Nam June Paik (Wijers, 1993, p. 9) stated that ‘In a nomadic, post-industrial time we are more experience-oriented than possession–oriented’. Essentially, Paik was positioning Fluxus as a manifestation of changing attitudes towards the function of art and artists among its adherents in the wake of economical and societal transformation from industrial […]
Graduation/Masters I have now graduated from UoH but will be returning in September to do a Master’s Degree in Composition. The University did a write-up on me, which can be found here. Selected scores from 2014/2015 are now available as PDFs Upcoming Bass clarinetist, and improviser/experimentalist extraordinaire, James Wood and I have finished recording our […]
As this post is following on from my July 21st post, describing ‘Surface I’ from my ongoing project, ‘Impressions on Surfaces,’ I’d first like to draw attention to my description of the unifying concept in the project, extracted from that post: The core of ‘Impressions on Surfaces’ is in two parts; an audible layer of […]
The ever so slightly younger me was convinced of many things with regard to music that proved difficult to shake, the most sacred of which being the notion that it could convey a meaningful political message by means other than the sheer audacity of its own existence. My explanation for indulging in such naive symbolism, […]
In less than a few weeks, I will self-release a new collection of electronic and found sound works entitled ‘Slenderman’ (yes, after the internet meme); not just because this character fascinates me on a personal level, but it in part reflects our brief, largely superficial connections to each other and to ourselves via machines. The […]
[organ piece] is to be premiered on the 4th of August in All Saints Church, Hastings by the brilliant Tom Bell, an internationally esteemed organist who was featured in Southbank’s Pull Out All the Stops Festival this year, and has recently released a double album of contemporary music. I can’t wait to hear it performed!
Information on the first two pieces in the Prayag Series, along with PDF scores are posted for your enjoyment.
I’ve done a bit of housekeeping and will be gradually uploading various bits and pieces throughout the week.