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.
Cut’n’paste job: Constructing a text from multiple sources
New term, new pieces! Starting work on research and text-construction for a new choral piece commissioned by the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir.
Reconciling research and commissioned work
Can the needs of a practice-based research project be balanced with those of a commissioned piece? I consider the question of how to create a place in my MFA project for my two major commissions this year.