wandelweiser journal volume now open access

February 17, 2014 / 0 comments

The volume of Contemporary Music Review I edited with Nicholas Melia is now available for free download from the Taylor and Francis website. It contains a co-authored introduction, along with articles by me, Nic, G. Douglas Barrett and M.J.Grant. My article, titled Testing the Consequences: Multipart Series in the Work of the Wandelweiser Composers looks at series comprising…

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specific objects

November 14, 2013 / 0 comments

My paper from last year’s SPEEC conference at University of Oxford has now been published in Contemporary Music Review as part of the proceedings. There’s a good mix of papers in the volume, including contributions from Leigh Landy, Lauren Hayes, Sam Hayden and Mieko Kanno. The conference itself was excellent, and good to have a…

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some thoughts on research

July 20, 2013 / 0 comments

These answers were in response to questions posed by composer Lauren Redhead as part of her series Three Questions for Composer-Researchers. Can you briefly outline your research interests and their context in, or link with, your practice as a composer? I think it’s important to make a distinction between the ‘research’ we do as composers…

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on generality

July 20, 2013 / 1 comment

I find myself always trying to find the most general way of framing a piece at the moment. When planning a piece, there are so many ways in which the basic concept could be articulated, normally through specifying certain parameters, durations, actions, or sounds. When considering these possibilities, I am always conscious of their arbitrariness….

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modular music

May 31, 2013 / 0 comments

My 2008 article on modular music that was published in Perspectives of New Music is now available via the Bath Spa ResearchSPAce for free download. You can get it here.    

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    

found verbal scores

May 29, 2012 / 0 comments

At the early stages of the research for the verbal notation book, John and I began to find some verbal scores in our travels. We started actively looking for these for a while, so I thought I’d post a few of them here. If you find any others, let me know….

Wandelweiser journal issue now available

May 21, 2012 / 0 comments

The issue of Contemporary Music Review that I’ve been editing with Nicholas Melia has now been published. If you have academic library access you may be able to get it for free online – it’s quite pricy otherwise! It contains papers by the two of us, as well as by G. Douglas Barrett and M….

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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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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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from scratch

January 3, 2012 / 0 comments

Jennie Gottschalk has posted an interesting review of the From Scratch project which I was involved in with Basel Sinfonietta at the Sound Expanse blog. She touches on the influence of the Scratch Orchestra on the pieces played in the concert, in light of various discussions in relation to the project. From my point of…

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