Movement-Voice Improvisation

Here’s a recording from 2014 of a live performance-improv/duo with Natasha Lohan, vocal artist and composer.

Two performers move around a bespoke performance space. Each performer’s voice is recorded and processed using the electronic music software, MaxMSP. Meanwhile, their physical movements are captured by a Kinect camera and used to control the sound processing.

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New Book Publication

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I’m pleased to announce that an article of mine has just been published in an exciting new book from The Orpheus Institute, edited by Bob Gilmore and Darla Crispin. My article is titled, ‘Composing as a Way of Doing Philosophy’. In it, I talk about the works I wrote between c. 2005-9, including An Audience with the Trees (2005), The Bravery of Women (2006-7).

Leuven University Press describes the book as follows:

This book is the first anthology of writings about the emerging subject of artistic experimentation in music. This subject, as part of the cross-disciplinary field of artistic research, cuts across boundaries of the conventional categories of performance practice, music analysis, aesthetics, and music pedagogy.

More information here

Video documentation of MEDICATIO / CHANT (2013)

Here’s a short video of an interactive sound installation from my recent exhibition, From Birdsong to Light. It shows Medicatio and its companion piece, Chant.

Medicatio allows participants to control the live sound of an automated monochord by vocalizing the same pitch. Chant is a collection of thirty-nine spectrograms that investigates the formation of random vowels over the course of several weeks.

Medicatio / Chant address the use of the voice as a form of healing.

New content added to ‘Writing’ section

I’m in the process of adding pieces of writing from my archive to this site and have added the following in the past few days. More to follow in due course:

i) How to Keep a Villa in Arcadia – on the Venice Biennale in relation to Virgil’s Eclogues.

ii) Two items of programme notes:

Notes on the Andriessen/Greenaway opera, ROSA written for Lincoln Center, New York in 2004

‘By the Magician’s Hand’ – notes on Stravsinky’s Petrushka written for Trinity College of Music, London in 2008

iii) My 2006 article for Contemporary Music Review, ‘The Flux Between Sounding and Sound: Towards a Relational Understanding of Music as Embodied Action’