As I Have Now Memoyre

To sing is to make sounds that are decaying with a body that is terminally fading. Sound is like life itself: it is dying from the moment it is brought into being. We deploy our memories...

Five Actions for a Violinist

According to Egyptian legend, Osiris's body was divided into fourteen pieces by his brother, Typhon, who dispersed them across Egypt. Isis, wife of Osiris, set out to gather the pieces...
From Birdsong to Light

From Birdsong to Light

The following is the introductory text for Nicholas G. Brown's solo exhibition of sound installations, From Birdsong to Light, at Hungate Art, Norwich, May 25 - June 16, 2013. In...

On the Operations of the Sun

On the Operations of the Sun explores the interrelations between science, music and architecture with reference to medieval thought and the development of Western polyphony. The title...
On the Production of True Consonance

On the Production of True Consonance

Sound installation after Giovanni Battista Benedetti (1530-90). Elm wood monochord, yellow brass harpsichord wire, Arduino, servo motors, 8-channel audio, MaxMSP.  I n 1563,...

Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden (2002-5) has evolved from a live, musico-theatrical event into an outdoor performance disseminated on DVD. The project was initially conceived for a recital given...

Songs from the Sky

Shortly before I began work on Songs from the Sky (2004), I happened to be in Venice, a city famous for its liberal use of music in a liturgical context. I recalled the early seventeenth-century...
Starfish

Starfish

Song for tenor solo with piano and live electronics by Nicholas Brown. Accompanying time-lapse video of oil painting by F.C. Heathorn In 2009, I left London for Norfolk. Soon...

The Bravery of Women

According to Egyptian legend, Osiris's body was divided into 14 pieces by his brother, Typhon, who dispersed them across Egypt. Isis, wife of Osiris, set out to gather the pieces of...

The Soul Finds Rest in Unity

The Soul Finds Rest in Unity (2007) returns musical activity to the practice of everyday life. Through visual documents, video, sound-works, and micro-performances, it makes an enquiry...

Vivaldi's Menagerie

Vivaldi's Menagerie (2003) is my response to the Orchestra of St John's commission for a new concerto and the result of three lines of thought. First, I have been interested for some...

An Audience with the Trees

An Audience with the Trees (2005) presents a 'performance' of Vivaldi's Menagerie , a concerto for violin and strings that I wrote for the Orchestra of St John's in 2003. The music...