Evan Parker interview

June 14, 2015 / 0 comments

Finally, here is the Evan Parker interview from the Ashgate book. I was really pleased he agreed to be involved as seeing him play for the first time was one of those moments where things change. He was doing a workshop in Huddersfield and it’s fair to say I was not expecting the torrent of circular…

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Bryn Harrison interview

June 7, 2015 / 0 comments

It’s perhaps good timing that I saw Bryn yesterday in London at the Music and/as Process conference at Goldsmiths where he was the keynote speaker. He gave a great talk on wayfaring and music, followed by some wonderful playing by Mark Knoop of his extended piano piece Vessels. So it seems apt to upload the interview…

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Manfred Werder interview

May 31, 2015 / 0 comments

The interview with Manfred followed our first meeting in London during one of my regular trips down from Huddersfield while my wife was doing a postgrad at the RCM. Manfred was there for six months on a residency, and Tim and I met up with him in a bar in Whitechapel to discuss his work….

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Bernhard Günter interview

May 25, 2015 / 0 comments

There are a few more interviews still to add, and here’s the email discussion with electroacoustic composer Bernhard Günter. At the time of the interview Bernhard’s work was moving more toward improivisation, so the interview covered both this aspect of his work and the quiet electronic music for which he was perhaps better known at…

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Christopher Fox interview

May 17, 2015 / 0 comments

It was perhaps quite odd to interview Christopher, as he was both a colleague and my PhD supervisor. We’d talked informally about each other’s work, so I wanted to create a record of these exchanges as part of the interview project. Some ten years later Chrsitopher still manages to display an extraordinary range in his…

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Phill Niblock interview

May 10, 2015 / 0 comments

This is the interview I did with Phill in 2007. I rang him from Huddersfield using the biggest piece of conference call technology I’ve seen – completely preposterous corporate boardroom style. As with all the interviews, I wanted to know more about how Phill worked, and in his case in particular I was curious about…

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Rhodri Davies interview

May 3, 2015 / 0 comments

I’ve uploaded the interview with Rhodri Davies as the next one in the series – over half of them are available now. Rhodri and I met in Huddersfield in the 1990s when he was doing his MA, and I was lucky enough to witness the Gibbon Trio with Hervie Syan and Dave Summers which I…

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Alvin Lucier interview

April 26, 2015 / 0 comments

Here is the interview I did with Alvin Lucier in 2007 at Dartington. He was over for a short residency, with the students playing and installing some of his pieces. We managed to find a very quiet corner of the cafe to chat, before heading over to hear his I Remember, a wonderful piece for voices…

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Tim Parkinson interview

April 19, 2015 / 0 comments

A couple of days ago I was watching Tim’s Time with People again. It’s an astonishing combination of mess (literally, given the detritus strewn across the stage) and organisation, revealing the character of the performers in a range of different tableaux. We performed Opus 1 last year at Kings Place, and the sense of personal openness that…

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Jennifer Walshe interview

April 12, 2015 / 1 comment

This week I’ve uploaded the interview with Jenny Walshe. It’s one of the earlier interviews in the series, dating from 2004, just after she completed her Barbie opera. We discussed the provenance of sounds in her work, especially the way contexts are stripped away by reframing them. Although this continuous search for sonic materials is…

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Antoine Beuger interview

April 5, 2015 / 1 comment

This week I’ve added the interview I did with Antoine Beuger in early 2004. I’d met him a couple of years earlier for the first time in Witten and was beginning to familiarise myself with the Wandelweiser group’s work at that point. We’ve corresponded and met occasionally since, and Antoine remains a significant influence for…

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Philip Jeck interview

March 23, 2015 / 0 comments

The second interview from the Ashgate series is now available to read online. This one is with Philip Jeck and was one of the few telephone interviews I did. I tried to capture Philip’s manner of speaking in the transcription as it seemed to reveal something of his thought processes. For me, that’s an important…

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five minutes with

April 5, 2014 / 0 comments

There’s a short interview with me at the City University Music Department blog made in advance of the concert there this Tuesday. It gives a bit of background to some of the pieces we’ll be playing. The concert will include five pieces by me, with three first performances. Alongside the excellent Plus Minus Ensemble, I’ll…

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interview at Avant Music News

January 24, 2014 / 2 comments

Daniel Barbiero has just interviewed me for Avant Music News. We talk about verbal scores, modularity and the sonic properties of materials. You can read the interview at the AMN website. Most of the answers were written on a plane somewhere over Holland.

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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Interview with Richard Ayres

April 17, 2012 / 0 comments

I’ve just uploaded an old email interview with Richard Ayres which we made in 2004-5. You can read it here.

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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Interview with Joanna Bailie

April 6, 2012 / 0 comments

All of Joanna Bailie’s recent music uses field recordings as a starting point, drawing on the sonic environment of Brussels, the city she has lived in since 2001, as well as other locations. Recent pieces, such as Symphony-Street-Souvenir (2009/2010) and the Artificial Environments series (2011- ), use mostly urban soundscapes, presented either in their raw…

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Interview with Craig Shepard

March 25, 2012 / 2 comments

Although I didn’t end up meeting Craig Shepard until about 2006 when I was in Zürich for a concert (and he kindly gave me some expert advice on selecting chocolate), I’d been aware of his work for a while, and was particularly interested in the On Foot project which he had completed in Switzerland in 2005….

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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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