Simon Holt – Three Pieces

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] Simon Holt is a composer whose music demands unusual commitment from his interpreters – his intricate sound-worlds often comprise complex, rich textures, offset by ‘still centres’ – for the purpose of making music which speaks with extraordinary power. He was born in Bolton, Lancashire on 21 February, […]

Leo Chadburn – Found Text, Speaking Voices, Self Portraits

Leo Chadburn talks about his work from the last decade: music that is concerned with the musicality and theatricality of the speaking voice, found text, lists and stream-of-consciousness writing. He has drawn upon models borrowed from visual art, such as the installation work of Susan Hiller and the films of John Smith and Peter Greenaway, […]

Kathy Hinde – Re-wilding Water Data

BSAD have sound artist and Bath Spa graduate Kathy Hinde visiting on Monday 22 February at 5pm, and the session is open to everyone. To join, use this link: https://meet.google.com/rpv-aaes-yqw Kathy will share her current research as a Data fellow with South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN).She has been researching methods to experience water “data sets” […]

Hardi Kurda – Listening to found scores

Wednesday 17 February 2021, 12-2pm, online via Minerva. Exploring the ready-made scores through speculative listening to create sound compositions that demands other listening spaces. A Kurdish composer, improviser and sound artist, Hardi Kurda began his music education at the Institute of Fine Art, Slemani (violin). He obtained his BA (2009) and MA (2012) degrees in […]

Liza Lim – Musical chimeras: on ecological thinking and symbiotic effects in ‘Sex Magic’ (2020)’, aka making scores that prioritise the contact noise between performer and instrument, and how structure follows sensation

Wednesday 26 January, 12-2pm (online via Minerva) Lim’s Sex Magic was premiered by American flutist Claire Chase on Dec 18 2020 and livestreamed from The Kitchen in New York. It is a 50-minute work for contrabass flute, electronics and an installation of kinetic percussion, about the sacred erotic in women’s history. Please see links for […]

Tom Johnson – 12-Tone Music Today

Wednesday 20 January 2021, 12-2pm [Online via Minerva] Tom Johnson discusses his latest mathematical music, not with 12-tone rows, but with (12,4,3) block designs. The 12 notes all have equal importance, but there is no octave equivalence and the rules are quite a bit more rigorous than in the Second Viennese School. Tom Johnson, born […]

Jock McKenzie

Wednesday 13 January [online via Minerva] Jock McKenzie is leading composer of educational music, specialising particularly in brass and wind. In this short presentation, Jock will talk about his approach to writing educational brass music (from beginner to diploma level), with a special emphasis on the new and different formats and resources necessitated by the […]

Cathy Lane: The stories we tell….. and are told

Wednesday 6 January, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] For a long time I considered my work to be about the relationship between sound, history and memory, using recorded spoken word and field recordings as my primary materials. However over the last decade or so, I realise that my recent work is all about stories – the […]

Cat Hope: Animated Graphic notations for electro/acoustic and collaborative works

Wednesday 9 December, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] In this presentation, Australian composer and performer Cat Hope talks about her animated notation practice and how it is used to facilitate the inclusion of electronics in a series of small and large scale works. Originally engaged to enable a focus on very low sound, glissandi and long […]

Thor Magnusson – Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic and Signal Inscriptions

In this talk I will present resent research that explores how contemporary music technologies trace their ancestry to previous forms of instruments and media. I will look at how new digital music technologies have origins in traditional instrument design, musical notation, and sound recording. The scope will range from ancient Greek music theory, medieval notation, early […]

Anna Meredith

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] Anna will be chatting through some of the range of projects she’s worked on in recent years including opening up her work beyond commissioned acoustic/orchestral etc work to include writing albums and performing with her band, writing for film and tv and installation work. She’ll also talk […]

Michael Maierhof: Specific Objects

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] Some of my music includingsome general thoughts about:Instruments as objectsandObjects as instrumentsAbout composing pitches versus composing sound complexes, composing video, composing light, composing performance. Michael Maierhof is a composer based in Hamburg. He studied mathematics and music in Kassel and art history and philosophy in Hamburg. He […]

Aaron Cassidy: A way of making ghosts

Wednesday 11 November, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] Aaron Cassidy will discuss two recent quartets based on the work of the painter Gerhard Richter—Self-Portrait, Three Times, Standing (15.3.1991–20.3.1991) (2018–19) and Self-Portrait, 1996 (2020)—that together form the collection A way of making ghosts. Since he has given some recent online lectures about the relationship between the pieces […]

Graham Fitkin

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] Graham Fitkin talks about his compositions and long-standing musical inclinations, including use of patterns, information flow and juxtaposition. Along the way excerpts from a number of pieces will be heard showing how his work has changed over the years. I compose for live performance, dance, media and […]

Daniel Kidane – Together in Difference: Transnational Identity in New Music

Wednesday 21 October, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] Following his recent articles for The Guardian and BMC, composer Daniel Kidane discusses his recent compositional practice in relation to his mixed heritage and identity, exploring these themes in relation to his recent pieces Woke (BBC Commission for The Last Night of the Proms),  Foreign Tongues (for string quartet), […]

Emily Hall – Adventures in word setting

Wednesday 14 October, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] Everything from why I started working with words, how working with words allowed me to find my musical voice, how I choose texts, how I adapt them to work for me, how I set them, how I collaborate with living writers, setting texts out of copyright, translations….I will […]

Ryoko Akama

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] Ryoko Akama will present some recent projects, and will consider the way her work has developed over recent months without the possibility of live performance.  Ryoko Akama works with installations and sounds and approaches listening situations that magnify silence, time and space. Her sculptural work engages with mundane objects and […]

Laurence Crane

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 12-2pm [online via Minerva] Composer Laurence Crane will show a selection of his music. Drawing on over 35 years of work in composition, he will talk about some of his recurring preoccupations as a composer over this period. Laurence Crane was born in Oxford in 1961 and studied composition with Peter […]