you are required to split your attention between multiple sources of information (2018)
Commissioned by Wien Modern. First performance by Arditti Quartet and Ensemble Modern at Wien Modern, November 2018.


it is impossible for everyone to achieve everything they want (2018)
Commissioned by MATRIX/Nadar Ensemble for performance by Nadar at Transit Festival, Leuven, October 2018.


know that your actions reflect within the group (2017)
Commissioned by SWR for 2017 Donaueschinger Musiktage. First performance by Ictus Ensemble, Donaueschingen, October 2017.


alternate between attention and ease (2017)
Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for Tectonics. First performance by Parkinson Saunders with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov, Tectonics, Glasgow, May 2017.


things to do (2014- )
variable instrumentation / variable duration
Series of 14 compositions performed over 50 times.


John Lely and James Saunders, Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation(New York: Continuum, 2012)

James Saunders, ‘Mutual Effects: Organization and Interaction in the Orchestral Music of Christian Wolff’, in Stephen Chase and Philip Thomas (eds), Changing the System: The Music of Christian Wolff (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010)

James Saunders (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music(Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009).

James Saunders, “Heuristic Models for Decision Making in Rule-Based Compositions.” In Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, 715–19. RNCM: ESCOM, 2015. http://escom.org/proceedings/ESCOM9_Manchester_2015_Abstracts_Proceedings.pdf.

James Saunders, ‘Specific Objects? Distributed approaches to sourcing sonic materials in open form compositions’. Contemporary Music Review, 32/5 (2013): 473-484.

James Saunders, ‘Testing the Consequences: Seriality in the work of the Wandelweiser composers’ in James Saunders (ed.), Wandelweiser, Contemporary Music Review Vol. 30/5 (2011). [volume editor]

James Saunders, ‘Modular Music’, Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 46/1 (Winter 2008): 152-93. Reprinted as ‘Viefalt an Konfigurationen. Modulare Musik’ (M. Lichtenfeld), MusikTexte, 130 (August 2011), 58-77.