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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new #[unassigned]

March 29, 2015 / 0 comments

I’m working on the first new piece to stem from my previous #[unassigned] project since 2009. Simon Reynell asked me to make a long version for a future another timbre release, working with Apartment House. We’ll be recording in Huddersfield in the middle of April in a session which will also include pieces by Joseph Kudirka which…

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Laurence Crane interview

March 29, 2015 / 0 comments

Here is the interview with Laurence Crane that we recorded in June 2007. Laurence preferred to do a spoken interview, and after struggling to find a time to meet we ended up talking on the phone. The interview came at a point where he was starting to work with ‘timbral’ material and we discuss that…

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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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get my scores

March 19, 2015 / 0 comments

After a few recent conversations, I’ve decided to make my scores available for free download. I’ve made a page with all the links and will gradually add pieces over the next few weeks. They are released under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so the scores can’t be changed (except of course where this is required by…

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creaking and talking in Oxford

March 15, 2015 / 0 comments

I’ve just had two weekends in Oxford at unrelated events within about 20 metres of each other. On 6-7 March I was an invited speaker at the Authorship in Music RMA Study Day hosted by the Faculty of Music and Wadham College. I spoke about game compositions, focusing on work by John Zorn, Christian Wolff, and…

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Interviews available online

March 15, 2015 / 1 comment

I’m gradually making available online the 14 interviews I conducted a few years ago that were originally published in the Ashgate book. I’m beginning with Christian Wolff, and will be uploading one each week for the next few months. Ashgate are very kindly allowing me to reprint the interviews in this way, and are offering…

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with paper at WASH project

February 26, 2015 / 0 comments

with paper was realised at WASH project in Buffalo, NY by Colin Tucker through his curatorial project Null Point with members of the local community. WASH is a local arts project that combines a laundrette with participatory arts activities and an access point for community services and cultural opportunities. There’s more information on the project…

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Experimental Music Yearbook

January 28, 2015 / 0 comments

The score of my piece what you must do, rather than must not do (2012) has been included in the 2014 Experimental Music Yearbook. Founded in 2009 by Casey Anderson and John P. Hastings, The Experimental Music Yearbook is a repository for composers, performers, and the public to glean the methods and styles of various artists working…

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location composite #7

December 31, 2014 / 0 comments

Here are a couple of photos of the performance and audience scores from location composite #7: Standlake which I made for Bruno Gaustalla, Eric Clarke and Sarah Verny Caird. I’ll edit these into the final score soon.

so many territories

November 20, 2014 / 0 comments

I’ve uploaded the recording of the first performance of so many territories by Plus Minus at City University in April. The piece draws on some of the techniques used by the Oulipo to create permutations of elements, specifically mutually orthogonal latin squares. Territories are areas ‘in which one has responsibility with regard to a particular type of…

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you and me

October 8, 2014 / 1 comment

Here’s a short film of the performance I did with Manuel Zurria at the Italian Cultural Institute in London last week. The idea was for Manuel to play pieces with each of the composers, and a solo by Sciarrino. In addition to playing my piece lots and lots for us to do, he played pieces by…

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London Odda Oslo Huddersfield

September 12, 2014 / 0 comments

I’ve got a few performances coming up in the next month or so. Firstly, I’ll be playing with Manuel Zurria at the Italian Cultural Institute in London on 2 October as part of a project where he has asked composers to write him pieces in which they also play. We’ll be giving the first performance of…

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somewhere in a field in Devon

July 12, 2014 / 0 comments

I’m meeting up with Paul Whitty next week in a field in Devon to make some pieces. Paul has been developing an ongoing series of pieces in a field near Netherexe, working with other musicians. We’ve been trying to get down there for about a year, and have finally managed to find a possible time…

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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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#[unassigned] reassigned (possibly)

March 23, 2014 / 0 comments

Since scanning all the available versions of #[unassigned] that I could find in my room, and converting all the files I had on my laptop, I now have a virtually complete archive of the piece (screenshot as evidence). I’ve been thinking through what to do with it, and am considering making the piece available once…

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location composites site

March 14, 2014 / 0 comments

I’ve just made a new micro-site for the location composites project, which I’m beginning to expand. Following last week’s performance of location composite #6: Waterloo Station at the Centre for Creative Collaboration in London, I’ve been thinking more widely about the way in which the composites might work. I’m planning a few more versions at the moment,…

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March 6, 2014 / 0 comments

175 East are performing the piece I made in 2012 for lots of sustaining sounds, AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED DEVICES BEING TURNED ON AND OFF, on Sunday 9 March at Q Theatre in Auckland. The piece involves a group of people working through a series of devices, which might include radios, drill, fans and other…

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upcoming performances

February 24, 2014 / 0 comments

I’ve got a few performances on the horizon over the next couple of months, beginning with Will Montgomery’s POLYproject>5 event at Centre for Creative Collaboration in London, which is a performance of location composite #6: Waterloo Station, London using text descriptions provided by poets Amy Cutler, Andrew Spragg and Chris McCabe. On 8 March, Luke Nickel…

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Bristol New Music

February 24, 2014 / 0 comments

When I was looking round university music departments while going through the application process, I remember turning up in Huddersfield on a cold January lunchtime in 1991 for the normal pre-audition talk. David Lennox, who gave the talk, noted at one point while discussing the contemporary music festival, that the previous year, in the room…

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February 22, 2014 / 0 comments

Some of my scores are now available to buy as part of a limited edition produced by BORE (Sarah Hughes and David Stent). It’s the second edition they’ve made, after last year’s issue #1, comprising unpublished scores by James Tenney. Issue #2 features pieces by me and Tim Parkinson. Alongside some of Tim’s songs, which…

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Parkinson Saunders at Kings Place

February 19, 2014 / 0 comments

Tim and I are doing a Parkinson Saunders 10th anniversary special at Kings Place on Sunday 11 May as part of their Out Hear series. We’re playing some old favourites I expect, along with some new pieces by some lovely composers we like. More on that soon. We did our first concerts in Huddersfield and London in…

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so many territories

February 8, 2014 / 1 comment

I’ve just finished a new piece for Plus Minus, which they’ll be performing in London on 8 April in a portrait concert at City University. It’s called so many territories and is a modular piece which for now is scored for clarinet, cello, piano and accordion. As you can see from the photo of the four…

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new location composite score

January 19, 2014 / 0 comments

The score for location composite #4: The reading Room, Carrick-on-Shannon is now on the location composite page. There were 24 descriptions submitted by visitors to the Hunter’s Moon Festival from 25-26 October 2013, with some very intriguing texts. As this was a short installation of the piece, the score is complete and won’t be updated as with…

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new piece for SPOR festival

January 15, 2014 / 0 comments

I’m making a new piece for the SPOR festival in Aarhus for May. It’s going to be played by Mark Knoop and Serge Vuille and is one of the four pieces which makes up the group things to do. This is the set that includes a piece I wrote in 2012 for Dedalus ensemble called what you…

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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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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

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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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