Monthly Archives: April 2013

Composition Study #6

Posted by PH on April 20, 2013
Composition Study, Music & Technology, Students / No Comments

Just to recap: this semester I’m teaching a Contextual Studies module on the MA Creative Sound Production degree at Swansea Met. Each week the students are invited to produce a composition study based around something we’ve been looking at in class: I said I would work alongside them and produce something of my own each week. Great fun it’s been too…

By now we were up to the 1950s and had been looking in some detail at the short-lived but very real rivalry between the studios in Paris and Cologne, between Musique Concrète and Elektronische Musik in other words. Schaeffer’s work we had already looked at in the context of “noise” so we ran through a few of the other usual suspects:

Having arrived at these last two pieces by Stockhausen and Berio, we decided this week’s study was to be what is usually known as a “text-sound composition”: that is, one where the entire musical material is derived from a vocal recording of some kind. The “product specification” looked like this:

The Piece:

  • Choose a text.
  • Record it.
  • Spoken voice or sung; male or female.
  • Produce a piece using only the recorded text as your sonic material.

The Rules:

  • No samples.
  • The text must be intelligible.
  • The nature of the piece must reflect the meaning in the text.

Here’s mine:

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Leeds Metropolitan University

Posted by PH on April 17, 2013
Education, Music & Technology, Visual Culture / No Comments

Just after Easter Simon Kilshaw and myself drove up to Leeds Met at the invitation of Dr. Nikos Stavropoulos. Nikos kindly took out a large part his day to give us an extensive tour of the campus and the Music Tech facilities in particular: all very impressive.

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lmu_campus
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Nikos (left) and Simon.

earplugs
dummy_head

Unusual B&K dummy head.

conference_room
grand_hall1
studio
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simon_piano
Plink. Plonk.

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Easter in Paris

Posted by PH on April 02, 2013
Painting, Photography, Visual Culture / No Comments

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seine
louvre
figurine
lion_man
arm_cub
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ebih_il
islamic_screen
paris

romans

hermaphrodite

cafe
venus
louvre_wall
louvre2

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