Richard Parfitt (Bath Spa) – The Songwriter as Seeker

Wednesday 15 January 2015. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  In 1964, a Northern Irish garage rock band released their first single for Decca Records. A fistful of spikey singles and two albums over as many years earned Them a reputation for hard-driven rhythm and blues, marked out by a boorish lead singer with a fierce howl and throwaway phrasing…

Helen Julia Minors (Kingston University) – What is Soundpainting: Composing and Gesturing in the Moment

Wednesday 8 January 2015. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  This research paper explores how Soundpainting functions as a creative compositional language able to foster dialogue between performers. Reference will be made to music and gesture analysis. Interview footage with the creator of the language, as well as a short film shot as part of the Soundpainting Think Tank 2013…

Luke Nickel (Bath Spa) – Living scores: using memory to erode and transform musical material / Joseph Buckler (Bath Spa) – Categories of networking and cueing systems found in composition for performance

Wednesday 11 December 2014. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  Luke Nickel – Living scores: using memory to erode and transform musical material Historically, the written score has functioned as the most significant filter between the composer and the performer. Today, experimental composers (often foregoing a traditional written score entirely) use media such as video (Alexander Schubert),…

Emma Hooper (Bath Spa) – Young Ladies All Attention Give, You That In Wicked Pleasures Live…: The Alto Line as Suspicious New-Comer in American Spiritual Music

Wednesday 4 December 2014. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  ‘Sacred Harp is loud, the harmonies are unusual, and not quite in tune.’ (Aviram, 2013) Despite belonging to the culturally-familiar (and largely dominant) western music canon, Sacred Harp singing, an American-spiritual style of community music making, is remarkably distinct from other contemporaneous and culturally-related musics. “Suggestions that this…

Diane Hughes (Macquarie University) – Challenges and opportunities: Paradoxes in the contemporary music industries

Wednesday 13 November 2014. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  The contemporary music industries present a range of opportunities for emerging artists to share, showcase and develop their music. While the opportunities have never been greater, the challenges which emerging artists and musicians face are complex. This presentation details research findings on the ‘new’ music industries in…