Open Scores Lab 18: Thomas Meadowcroft – Composing and Neoliberalism: some preliminary remarks. Wednesday 14 November, 12-4pm (CM.107)

For Lab 18 we welcome composer Thomas Meadowcroft from Berlin to talk about his recent work, focusing on composing and neoliberalism. In the second half of the Lab, PhD composer Goni Peles will present his recent CompositionCloud project, with some opportunities to create content and explore distributed creative practices.

12-2pm | CM.107 | Thomas Meadowcroft – Composing and Neoliberalism: some preliminary remarks

Thomas Meadowcroft will discuss his recent orchestra work, ‘The News in Music’. Although the work deals with the symbolic power of news and orchestral media, the role of the concert hall composer in relation to commodification and civic space will also be discussed.
Thomas Meadowcroft is a freelance composer who has lived in Berlin since 1998. He attained his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 (composition studies with George Crumb). He makes orchestral and chamber music for the concert hall, as well as music for theater, film and radio. His work has been described as ‘reaching an inexpressible purity’ (Le Monde),  ‘dreamy post-rock’ (New York Times), ‘never-ending, sugar-sweet’ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), ‘motorized nostalgia’ (The Scotsman, Glasgow) and ‘between academic schmaltz and avantgarde-pop’ (Zitty Magazine, Berlin). His orchestral music has been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. His chamber music has been performed internationally by, among others, ensemble recherche, Third Coast Percussion, Klangforum Wien, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Speak Percussion and Yarn/Wire.

2-4pm | CM.107 | Goni Peles: CompositionCloud 

Goni will be presenting two examples of collaborative composition from CompositionCloud, a project he initiated in March 2015 after deciding to stop writing “pieces”. The first, modularSoundStories, is an ongoing collaborative writing experiment. The second, ccloudlab1, was CompositionCloud’s first laboratory. He will then discuss the future of CompositionCloud, a virtual world game he will be developing as his PhD research project at Bath Spa University.

You might be interested in …

Andrew Hugill

Open Scores Lab

Wednesday 4 October, 12-2pm, CM119 Towards an Ontology of Silence  Andrew presents a project that he has been working on for several months: to create an ontology of silence. This starts from a philosophical premise modelled on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and moves into a semantic web ontology that actualises  real and ideal silences. The project considers both affect […]

Read More

Luke Nickel

Open Scores Lab

Wednesday 4 October, 2-4pm, CM106 Transcription Music Luke Nickel will speak about the beginnings of a new strand of practice-based research that involves the live transcription of speech to text, and the implications of considering this action as musical material. Luke Nickel (b. 1988) is an award-winning Canadian interdisciplinary artist and researcher currently undertaking a PhD […]

Read More

Laura Bowler (Open Scores Lab 17)

Wednesday 3 October, 12-4pm (CM.107) The first lab of the year features a visit from composer-performer Laura Bowler, who will talk about extremes and autobiography in her work. In the second half of the lab, Alex Mah and Harry Matthews report back from the KLANGRAUM and CAMP summer schools that they attended this year, and will […]

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *