James Saunders (Bath Spa) – I tell you what to do: control, autonomy and play in game compositions

Wednesday 12 February 2015. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  Game compositions prioritise rules and processes over material and content. They operate on the participants, facilitating inter-personal exchange in dynamic ways. Such pieces question the role of composers, recasting them as facilitators who open up spaces for interaction, or as referees who mediate performances. The paper examines…

Michelle Elliott and Chris Lewis-Smith (Bath Spa) – Examining Creativity: Themes and Theories

Wednesday 29 January 2015. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  This two-part presentation explores some of the current themes and theories that surround creative practices.  Part 1, presented by Chris Lewis-Smith in the Commons Preview Theatre, outlines the early stages of a project that explores the organizational challenges of collaborative creative practice in HE using virtual teamwork. It ultimately aims…

Mark Langley (Bath Spa) – Unravelling Cleopatra

Wednesday 22 January 2015. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  Fifty years after its release, Twentieth Century Fox’s Cleopatra still carries the soubriquet of “the biggest flop of all time.” Such is the reputation of the film that it is difficult to distinguish historical fact from the competing stories that forged the Hollywood legend. Myth: Elizabeth Taylor was the first female…

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…