interspersed with string quartets and organic food

December 3, 2013 / 1 comment

I’ve just returned from the Rainy Days festival in Luxembourg where the Arditti Quartet gave the first performance of the piece commissioned for them by the festival. The piece was played in a wonderful event which ran from 12-7pm in the Salle de Musique in the astonishing Philharmonie, comprising five sets from the quartet. The…

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location composite #4

September 12, 2013 / 1 comment

I’ve just made a new location composite which expands the way the project works slightly. Pieces #1-3 all use geocaches as score locations, with cachers responding to the aural environment they find themselves in and sending me text descriptions of sounds which become instructions for musicians in the resultant pieces. In the latest edition, location composite #4: The…

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new piece for Arditti Quartet

April 16, 2013 / 0 comments

I’m working on a new piece for the Arditti Quartet at the moment for the Rainy Days festival in Luxembourg in December. The festival is focusing this year on long, slow pieces, so they’ve asked me to write something very short for string quartet. There’s some more information about the festival and the full programme…

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making sounds in Oxford

February 24, 2013 / 0 comments

I’m very excited about Felicity Ford and Stavroula Kounadea‘s involvement with MAKE SOUND HERE in Oxford this week. They’ve been sounding out the Oxford streets over the past week or so in preparation for a sound walk on Friday 1 March for visitors to the Audiograft festival, in association with Modern Art Oxford. They found some…

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what you must do

October 27, 2012 / 0 comments

I had a very quick return trip to London on Tuesday to hear Dedalus play my piece what you must do, rather than must not do. It was written for them and Apartment House as part of the ensemble exchange programme they were running, which saw the same programme performed in Montpelier in the Sonorités festival,…

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scores

October 21, 2012 / 0 comments

I’m going to begin uploading a few scores for free download over the next month or so. They are mostly going to be the few verbal scores I’ve made, including with paper, the location composites series, and a few others. To begin with I’ve added with paper as it exists as a PDF which can…

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Wandelweiser und so weiter

October 17, 2012 / 0 comments

Another Timbre have just released Wandelweiser und so weiter,  a 6-CD boxed set of recordings by the Wandelweiser composers, and those whose work has some relation to theirs. It’s been a mammoth undertaking by Simon Reynell, and includes a very interesting group of performers. I’ve got a couple of pieces included, taken from my series divisions that…

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my olympic challenge

September 28, 2012 / 0 comments

After watching the London Olympics I thought it would be fun to have a go at track cycling, so I booked a session at the Newport Velodrome. I had a great time, and on my drive home I wondered if it would be possible to try all the Olympic sports before the 2016 Rio games….

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interview with Claudia Molitor

September 23, 2012 / 0 comments

I’ve just started an interview with Claudia Molitor. I’m particularly interested in her tactile scores as they relate to my interest in surfaces and scores as instruments, so I’m hoping to learn more about how she approaches this. There’s only a single question there so far, but it will fill out over the next few…

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objects and sounds

September 6, 2012 / 0 comments

Here are a few pictures from yesterday’s Cage birthday concert at the College Project in Bristol, together with Dominic Lash’s installation of his score for object network at home a little later.  I also recorded some sounds emanating from a nearby building before the concert. listen to ‘Power tools in a building at College Arts’ on…

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Cage 100 at Artspace

August 27, 2012 / 1 comment

Cage 100 at Artspace College, Bristol Artspace College Project, Timsbury Walk, Knowle, Bristol BS3 5JJ Starts at 8:00pm. Join us for a celebration of the life and work of John Cage on Wednesday 5th September 2012, 100 years since his birth. Bristol-based musicians, composers, and artists will perform and exhibit works by Cage, works inspired…

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[rout] performance at Kings Place

July 22, 2012 / 0 comments

Here’s a video of an excerpt from my piece nothing reveals itself without at the same time concealing something else performed by [rout] at Lost & Found at Kings Place on 15 July.

foraging for sounds

July 15, 2012 / 0 comments

I’ve been in St Andrews for a couple of days for the World Saxophone Congress to hear the new piece for eight saxophones that was commissioned by RICO, the reed manufacturer. I had some time on Saturday, so went for a long walk along the beach next to the Old Course. Apart from being adopted…

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Word Events reviewed

June 14, 2012 / 0 comments

I’ll add reviews of Word Events here as and when they appear. To get started, here’s a positive one from Avant Music News by Daniel Barbiero. 30.07.12: Tim Rutherford-Johnson at his blog, The Rambler 03.09.12: Kurt Gottschalk at The Brooklyn Rail    

Parkinson Saunders website

June 5, 2012 / 0 comments

Tim and I finally have a Parkinson Saunders website. It’s only taken us ten years – it’s our anniversary website! There are a few recordings and videos there at the moment, and we’ll add more content over the coming months. You can visit us at www.parkinsonsaunders.com.

Word Events book published

May 2, 2012 / 0 comments

As the picture shows, the book on verbal notation John Lely and I wrote over the past three years is now published! This is a pre-release copy, so it may be a couple of weeks before it’s available, and I think it comes out in the USA first. We had a great time working on…

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old interviews added

April 6, 2012 / 0 comments

I’ve uploaded some old email interviews that were originally completed in 1999 to my new interview page. So far I’ve added the interviews with Liza Lim and Tom Johnson, and there may be a couple more in the next few weeks. I’m going to add some new interviews to these gradually over the next few months,…

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book and journal nearly ready

March 30, 2012 / 0 comments

The outcomes of the two writing projects I’ve been working on over the past three years look likely to appear at around the same time. The book Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation which I wrote with John Lely, supported by some wonderful contributors, is almost complete. John has just finished compiling the index, and we’re…

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new interviews

March 25, 2012 / 0 comments

I’m just about to start a new set of interviews with composers after a break of a couple of years. I did a set of 14 which ended up in the Ashgate book (of which two have recently appeared in German in MusikTexte), and there’s another one with Rebecca Saunders which we’re going to make…

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review

January 11, 2012 / 0 comments

There’s a review of the another timbre CD posted at the All About Jazz site. This is my first jazz review.

Revue & Corrigee

January 8, 2012 / 0 comments

Tim Parkinson has written an article about British-based composers Matteo Fargion, Laurence Crane, Bryn Harrison, John Lely, Markus Trunk and me for the French magazine Revue & Corrigee. Tim writes about the article: I’’m going to describe the work of six composers in Britain at the moment whose music I like. To me it’s just that:…

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cd reviews

September 3, 2011 / 0 comments

There are a few reviews beginning to appear of my another timbre release, divisions that could be autonomous but that comprise the whole. I’ll post links to them here, good or bad… Richard Pinnell – The Watchful Ear Julien Héraud- Improv Sphere Brian Olewnick – Just Outside Dominic Lash – Force of Circumstance

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