Friday 28th March will mark the formal end of this project with a final concert event presenting the works that I have developed, alongside those of my friends at NOTAM and a piece by Arne Nordheim.
I’ll be giving a short talk about the project and cracking open some cheese and wine, so it’d be great to see you if you are anywhere nearby.
The event is free and takes place in Leicester, at the PACE building, Richmond Street, LE1 9BH
I also decided that it was more appropriate that my pieces had Norwegian titles. Not only does it look and sound cooler, but it instantly links the work with the project and its place of inspiration and creation.
This blog will document the progress of my compositional project at NOTAM (The Norwegian Centre for Technology in Music and the Arts). This project will take me to Oslo on three occasions to develop 3 electroacoustic compositions inspired by the theme of “Quiet”, made from recordings around Oslo in the winter of 2013/2014.
The compositional concept of “Quiet” is often ignored in music, where the main focus is usually about what sounds can you make. This project will seek to explore the subtleties and acoustic character of spaces and locations through minimalist means. The compositional works in this project will use recorded sounds, as in my previous works, and seek to draw listeners into an immersive and enveloping sonic environment by demanding attentive listening. The steep valleys and fjords around Oslo will provide a sonically diverse and unique soundscape, with varying vegetation, snow and ice affecting acoustic response.
Working on the ‘Compose With Sounds‘ project as a commissioned composer I was very pleased to meet with other commissioned composers from across the EU partners and very much inspired by the works of the composers based at NOTAM in Oslo. The NOTAM centre has a highly active community of local artists who I hope to engage with in discussion, both regarding their own works and also to receive feedback on my own pieces as they develop.
How is this possible?
I am very pleased to have received funding to support this project from Arts Council England and the British Council, through their Artists International Development Fund (AIDF).