Reddit has proved to be a very useful source of research when it comes to gathering initial debate about prospective research projects. I recently posted on Reddit, in multiple different communities, sharing one of my current projects: an opera for … Continue reading The ‘Trans Opera’ debate
I recently gave a talk about my opera project at the 4th NEGEM 2022 Symposium. The symposium took place on the 23rd and 24th September in a hybrid format, and I had the pleasure of joining online (straight after a … Continue reading International Research Group at the Colégio Almada Negreiros, Lisbon
I recently gave a paper on my upcoming opera alongside collaborators Dr Jorge Balça (stage director, librettist) and Dr Rachel Hann (scenography, lighting) at the Festival D’Aix-en-Provence. For context, “the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence is an annual international music festival which takes … Continue reading Presenting at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence!
I’ve just spent a few days in Northumbria workshopping the bone conduction headphones for my opera that I’m in the process of writing. I’m writing it in collaboration with a scenographer and librettist / stage director. The creation process is … Continue reading Opera Creation enoa lab #2 : bone conduction and staging
We’re in the throws of a Lockdown and I’ve just had the privilege of presenting a paper on a potential opera I hope to write along with two other collaborators: a librettist and a scenographer. The presentation was conducted online … Continue reading International Conference at La Monnaie De Munt
I’ve made a YouTube video that tries to elaborate on my own approach to composing music. This entails what I think about what we call “Avant garde” music or “contemporary classical music” today. By all means, check out the video … Continue reading Practice-Led Research into an ‘Avant Garde’ Style
I’m pleased to announce that another written publication is due to be released in July, 2019 in Exploring Xenakis: Performance, Practice, Philosophy, ed. by Alfia Nakipbekova (Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2019). The book includes chapters by other authors as follows: Alfia Nakipbekova (University … Continue reading New Publication!
I’m pleased to announce that my latest article about one of my compositions ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2017) has been published in the latest ‘Women and Music’ journal (vol 22, 2018). More information about this journal’s … Continue reading Recent Publication: Women & Music Journal
Tomorrow I will be giving a talk at the ‘Exploring Xenakis: Performance, Practice, Philosophy’ Symposium with colleague and critical theorist Michael D. Atkinson. Our talk discusses Xenakis, the Avant Garde, May ’68 and the legendary quote ‘Xenakis, not Gounod’ which was scrawled in graffiti during the protests in France. Below is an abstract of our talk: May ’68 saw a time of political tension in France: the Situationist International signified a growing desire to move away from capitalism and the world of boredom and alienation it entails, and, likewise, young radicals wanted to free music from the shackles of reification that contradicted … Continue reading ‘Exploring Xenakis: Performance, Practice, Philosophy’
I will be giving a talk at the University of Leeds in December. More information will be available here at some point. My talk is based on my PhD thesis, and is titled ‘”avant garde” and “Avant Garde”: A Practice-Led Investigation’. Below is an abstract for the talk: ‘avant garde’ and ‘Avant Garde’: one term denotes artistic progression, the other describes a fixed concept. Both fuel artistic practice. The terms are easily and often confused and this goes someway to blurring the boundaries between being progressive and adhering to a style. This talk examines and compares these two definitions by way of … Continue reading ‘avant garde’ and ‘Avant Garde’: A Practice-Led Investigation
I have recently completed editing a multi-authored book based on the proceedings of the (Per)Forming Art Symposium which I founded in 2015. I am pleased to announce that the book will be available via the Cambridge Scholars Publishing website from the 1st October, 2016. This publication is based on the proceedings of the first (Per)Forming Art event, which took place September, 2015. More information regarding this event can be found here. Further information regarding this publication can be found on the (Per)Forming Art website. Below is a book description, which is also available on the Cambridge Scholars Publishing website: Book Description: The acts of composing and … Continue reading (Per)Forming Art: Performance as Research in Contemporary Artworks
Tomorrow I will present a paper at a postgraduate symposium in Leeds about composition and what it might entail. This talk also forms a small part of the argument in my PhD thesis. A the moment, it poses more questions than it answers. Below is an abstract for this talk: What is really involved in the act of composing? Does it concern ‘material’ (whatever that is) or structure? Are composers genuinely ‘creating’ when they compose or are they merely rearranging what already exists into a coherent form? In order to explore this area, my investigation begins with the following question: what … Continue reading What does it mean to ‘compose’?
Interstice is out and available to download via iTunes! More information can be found here. Interstice is an artwork and iPhone app that enables users to record, and listen to, an audible representation of their heartbeat. It also allows users to select a musical fragment to accompany their heartbeat. As such, users from all over the world are able to collaborate in the formation of a composition comprising an intricate cacophony of audible heartbeats and musical fragments. Users can listen to the resultant conglomeration of audible heartbeats and musical fragments by navigating a three-dimensional representation of Earth. Each user can add up … Continue reading *Interstice* now available on iTunes
I recently attended the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy in Utrecht. My composition Parallax Error (2014) for any 4-string bowed instrument was workshopped by cellist Katharina Gross and double bassist Dario Calderone. I also had the opportunity to meet other selected composers from across the globe. The experience was enlightening and it introduced me to a whole world of music happening right now. In the first cello workshop, we were introduced to a variety of contemporary music and Katharina Gross’ cellomundo project. Our own works were also performed and discussed. The academy also offered workshops about composing for harp and composing with live electronics. We were introduced to a range of harp music … Continue reading Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy
Tomorrow I will present a paper in the PGR Symposium at the University of Leeds. My presentation will discuss how performance can be consciously applied to the compositional process. The acts of composing and performing are central processes to the formation of a musical work. Performance is a medium through which music is formed. It is a significant part of a work’s compositional process and, as such, forms a symbiotic relationship with the act of composing. An iterative cycle between performance and composition comes about when the composer performs their own work and/or composes through performance. Performance in this manner can be … Continue reading (Per)Forming Art: Performance as a Compositional Technique