Taking the private public
There’s something rather odd, really, about making a decision to share private material in public. It’s a process which is attended with questions like ‘why would anyone care?’, ‘but what if people are mean about it?’ and of course ‘what if people think I’m a raving narcissist?’ These are all quite possible of course and […]
Roland Barthes, composition and the public/private creative continuum
There now, that’s more the sort of title you’d expect from a PhD student, isn’t it? Don’t take this as a sign that I know what I’m doing now, though, because I really really don’t, and part of the reason I’m writing this post is to get my thoughts in order because I think I’m […]
The deep sea of ignorance
Three weeks ago I started my PhD. I knew that there’d come a point when I felt adrift on a sea of ignorance, but frankly I hadn’t expected it to happen quite so soon! I think all research projects go through this stage. You start out, full of eagerness and anticipation, reading everything in sight, […]
Adventures in amateurism
In which I realise how embracing my 'amateur' skills could open up new areas for composing
Experimental music in a standard recital format? Why I'm considering it for Crossing Dartmoor...
Chance vs choice: Composing with dice
A roll of the dice gives a fresh perspective on composed material
One evening, four songs
Four songs in a single evening? And a decent night's sleep? This research lark is proving useful!
The power of the single idea: How playing the comb is improving my composition
Even when a concept is simple, the music needn't be.
Procrastination = Fear
Risk-taking can be terrifying, but it can also lead to much greater rewards of artistic development than playing it safe... at least I hope it will!
Graphic scores, text scores, freedom and ownership
What elements make a piece 'belong' to a composer? How much does a performer's own personal musical language make a graphic score piece 'theirs' rather than 'mine'? A gentle toe in the water of the question of ownership via two recently completed pieces: the text score Parlour Game and the graphic composition Sepiascape with Grey.