Granular Forms

My (Belated) Klaus Huber Story

Centre Acanthes 1993: fresh in from a year in Denmark studying composition with Vikings Per Nørgaard, Karl Aage Rasmussen and Hans Abrahamsen, I found myself in the south of France just outside Avignon during the summer festival period at the academy created by Claude Samuel in 1977. Percussionist Sylvio Gualda and three composers were invited to give workshops: Harrison Birtwistle, who walked in the first day of his workshop carrying a huge plant he had uprooted somewhere in the woods daring us to name it… no one could; the ex-spectralist (as he described himself) Gérard Grisey, who would gently berate me for, among other things, being a ‘compositeur prolifique” – I had to confirm what that meant in French because I was surprised to be [...]

My (Belated) Klaus Huber Story 2018-03-06T10:01:59+00:00

Put the Glasses ON

My new motto: Put the glasses on! Ray Nelson's Eight O’Clock in the Morning (1963) ( At the end of the show the hypnotist told his subjects, “Awake.” Something unusual happened. One of the subjects awoke all the way. This had never happened before. His name was George Nada and he blinked out at the sea of faces in the theatre, at first unaware of anything out of the ordinary. Then he noticed, spotted here and there in the crowd, the non-human faces, the faces of the Fascinators. They had been there all along, of course, but only George was really awake, so only George recognized them for what they were. He understood everything in a flash, including the fact that [...]

Put the Glasses ON 2017-05-19T06:33:10+00:00

Nobody Cares If You Listen

Actually, I’ve ‘transcribed’ the name of the video you should find below from Nobody Cares About Your Photography to Nobody Cares If You Listen. You could also transcribe it to nobody cares about your art. I’ll explain. I take pictures. I would like to take better pictures, so I subscribe to a very informative podcast called The Art of Photography. Ted Forbes has been doing this for a long time and I enjoy his delivery, and the subject matter is a nice mix of repertoire/history, theory, practice and even the ‘business of’. He recently published this short video - slightly off topic, and not. Anyone involved in the creative act might find his words echo a certain sentiment that concerns us [...]

Nobody Cares If You Listen 2017-05-19T06:33:10+00:00

The Music Of Stockhausen by Jonathan Harvey

Jonathan Harvey (1939–2012) looks at and decrypts the early work of Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007).[ref]Harvey, Jonathan.  The music of Stockhausen : an introduction / by Jonathan Harvey Faber London  1975.[/ref] Introductory style, with Harvey’s wonderfully clear and insightful explanations and lots of musical examples… A great book to have at hand. I started looking for this one about a year ago and it was selling for some crazy price. I finally found it at a reasonable price and now I see that it can be had for less than 20 $/€/£… If you can find it, grab it. A short note on the book and why you should have it In 1975, Harvey was in his mid-thirties and a Senior Lecturer [...]

The Music Of Stockhausen by Jonathan Harvey 2017-05-19T06:33:10+00:00

define: patch

patch /paCH/ noun: patch; plural noun: patches Middle English (pacche): perhaps from a variant of Old French pieche, dialect variant of piece:  Vulgar Latin pedaceum literally, something measured a piece of material used to mend or cover a hole or a weak spot a small piece : scrap a temporary connection in a communication system a part of something marked out from the rest by a particular characteristic a small piece of ground, especially one used for gardening an area for which someone is responsible or in which they operate a period of time seen as a distinct unit with a characteristic quality a preset configuration or sound-data file in an electronic musical instrument, especially a synthesizer verb: patch; 3rd person present: patches; past [...]

define: patch 2017-05-19T06:33:10+00:00

Ian Pace on culture in the EU – The Rambler

The Rambler (excellent blog written by Tim Rutherford-Johnson), has reblogged the excellent Ian Pace blog, Desiring Progress, in which he goes to great lengths to catalog culture in Europe in an ongoing series of posts. Recommended. In the run-up to the UK’s referendum on its membership in the EU (but of value to anyone interested in recent European culture), the pianist Ian Pace has been compiling an anthology, alphabet… Source: Ian Pace on culture in the EU – The Rambler

Ian Pace on culture in the EU – The Rambler 2017-05-19T06:33:11+00:00

Teaching Sonic Arts: Collaboration

Teaching Sonic Arts: Learning Collaboration To teach at university in the UK,  you have to be a qualified Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). There are a number of requirements to be qualified, and I completed them a few years ago. Here is one I actually enjoyed doing (inferring that there are others I did not), and would like do more with when time permits... Abstract This paper reflects on the personal and professional experience in co-leading an electro-acoustic composition course in Art Zoyd Studios, a professional studio environment in Valenciennes, France for the last nine years. Considering how this has involved collaborative teaching and teaching collaboration to students, I contrast the terms real world and academia (n.b. neither are meant [...]

Teaching Sonic Arts: Collaboration 2017-05-19T06:33:11+00:00

Defining Sonic Arts…

..or Sonic Arts for Dummies (a work in progress). How do you describe Sonic Arts? What is it, how does it work? What do you do with it? Trevor Wishart might have coined the phrase and wrote the book, but shadows persist.[ref]Wishart, Trevor. 1996. On Sonic Art. New and revised edition. Contemporary Music Studies 12. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers. This is a great book with a lot of information on Wishart's techniques and is also interesting for the snapshot of what it was like to work with computers in the 1980's (the book was first published in 1985).[/ref] It seems that the easy definitions include rock/pop/electro-anything and splashes in a little producing for good measure. This would work if we lived in a mono-dimensional world with history starting [...]

Defining Sonic Arts… 2017-05-19T06:33:11+00:00