Richard Craig – Condensation (Strike Work)

A recording of Richard Craig‘s excellent live performance of my latest finished work Condensation (Strike Work) for solo flute is available for listening below: The piece was performed as part of a concert held at St. Paul’s Hall in Huddersfield on the 29th of February, 2016.

‘Power, Agency, Deference and Difference’ published in FIELDS

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, […]

The Post-industrial Condition: The Work of Early Fluxus Artists as a Response to Late Capitalism.

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 […]

Updates

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 […]

Update: ‘Impressions on Surfaces’

  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 […]

Can Music Incite Radical Social Change?

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, […]

New Release

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 […]

Very exciting news

[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!