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The future for classical concerts?

This week, Peter Culshaw of the Telegraph discussed the use of images in classical concerts – in relation to one concert in particular, ‘The Planets – An HD Odyssey’ performed by the Houston Symphony. Its seven sections are accompanied by stunning high definition pictures of the corresponding planets, in all their glory. Is this the…
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Jumping head first into the real world

Apologies for not blogging for so long – it’s been a busy few weeks. I have a list of topics I want to blog about, that is becoming longer by the day, but alas so does my to do list, which tends to take priority. Since my last post, lots has changed. Firstly, I am…
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All in the mind – The role of auralisation within the compositonal process of Sibelius generation composers – abstract

While the concept of imagining music is well established, the term auralisation has not been previously used to describe the process. Although auralisation was a key compositional tool for composers throughout history, technological advances have resulted in software which can notate and play back a version of the score. Consequently, there is a strong possibility…
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Where are all the women..?

A while ago, I read a blog post by Justine Wallis about feminism, and the fact that feminists are a dying breed. It’s an interesting statement – females and males aren’t yet considered completely equal in society (although, of course, the situation is a lot better than it used to be), and yet the issue…
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Auralisation: an introduction

Over the next five years, I will be focusing my research on the topic of auralisation: the art, or skill, of imagining music. Therefore, I feel a brief introduction is in order. Auralisation is a term I created in order to encompass many previous terms, including mental music imagery, aural imagery, and musical imagination. It…
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Finding a contemporary medium

The contemporary music scene is a strange, scary place – especially for young composers to break into. If you mention the concept of ‘contemporary classical music’ to non-musicians or concert goers, it will often be greeted with uncertain gazes, non-committing murmurs, or instant dismissal. When it comes to programming, music venues seem to take these…
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Shameless promotion

I am currently in the midst of data analysis for a research project. The results are looking fascinating – expect a post about them soon! – but the whole process has scuppered my chances at composition over the past week. I have had the chance to begin my clarinet multi-tempi piece and a marimba piece……
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Time to reflect

On Friday, I had my final MMus composition recital. The same recital, incidentally, which has been the reason for my blogging absence over the past few weeks. The final recital on Friday afternoon, entitled ‘Fragments of Java’, was full of a variety of music for different instrumentation, including orchestra, harp trio and violin and electronics…
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So, what music do you like? (part 1)

Many a musician dreads the question “What music do you like?”, or “Who inspires you?”. This applies to all musicians, although it seems composers have a harder time – probably due to the myriad of music, art and culture that has intrinsically influenced their music. One genre that has hugely influenced my music is that…
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Cake, and the contemporary music scene

I currently find myself in limbo: lectures have finished, but coursework hasn’t. Still, this means more time at home to work on both college and non-college projects, and to do some baking as well (my favourite form of distraction). I have a couple of new personal projects to start, which I will discuss on here…
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