Philharmonie Essen

soundscapes around the world

Over the spring and summer of 2020 my students and I worked on a four-channel soundscapes installation that created a continuously remixed and varying aural collage of sound…

Kuhn Organ

Organ – Remote

Over the spring and summer of 2020, my students and I worked on new pieces for the MIDI-controllable Kuhn Organ of the Philharmonie Essen. Some of these were…

pandora discussion

Pandora

On October 29th 2019 I presented one of the most interesting concerts I’ve ever organised. Along with my colleagues at the NOW! Festival / Philharmonie Essen / Folkwang…

Salim Javaid’s ONpodcast (in German)

On November 5th 2020 I discussed composition, improvisation, and performance with Salim Javaid in preparation for a podcast release for the ON ‚Äď Neue Musik K√∂ln Station.  …

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NOW! Festival Concert broadcast on WDR (in German)

On September 21st 2020 I was a guest of Johannes Zink and Frank Hilberg at WDR Cologne. Johannes and I discussed the concert I organised as part of…

WDR Broadcast on Electronic Composition @ ICEM (in German)

On September 21st 2020 I was a guest of Johannes Zink and Frank Hilberg at WDR Cologne. Johannes and I spoke about the Institute for Computer Music and…

vivos max patch

vivos: automatic unattended real-time processing of audio signals in maxmsp and common lisp

  vivos as a noun means alive in Spanish and Portuguese; living in Latin; but also tips its hat at the 1980 computer music landmark Mortuos Plango, Vivos…

Q&A for Barbara Maurer’s New Music Masters Seminar (in German)

The following questions were put to me by Prof. Barbara Maurer in preparation for a portrait in her Masters in New Music seminar. BM: Was ist Musik f√ľr…

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Portrait in Deutschlandfunk (in German)

Last October, Georg Wa√ümuth contacted me out of the blue to arrange an interview session in preparation for a portait broadcast about my career and music as part…

gold im bach

  The title gold im bach arose from a discussion I had with Karin Schistek during a trip in summer 2019 to Camogli, near Genoa, Italy. I had…

ma bel

ma bel, my new piece for Jean-Francois Laporte’s compressed-air instrument, the babel table, was premiered in Canada at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montr√©al on October 4th 2019….

orchestration algorithm in
“days with glass edges”

  days with glass edges (chasing the butterflies in my wallpaper), for fifteen-piece ensemble and 4-channel electronics, was premiered at the NOW! Festival by the Folkwang Modern ensemble…

random thoughts

No, the image above is not my latest Max patch, though I can think of a few people who might recognise something there. Not Max: Lisp. If you’ve…

mieko kanno

Premiere of Durchhalteverm√∂gen in M√ľnster

In May 2018 I was in M√ľnster with edimpro colleagues Dimitris Papageorgiou and Karin Schistek to give improvisation workshops to students at the Hochschule f√ľr Musik. Mieko Kanno…

HOTPO premiere in Zagreg

HOTPO

On July 12th 2018, Portuguese saxophonist Henrique Portovedo premiered HOTPO, my new piece for alto saxophone, ensemble, and electronics. The performance was part of the World Saxophone Congress…

elsewhere album

elsewhere, with Mike Svoboda

elsewhere by Edwards/Hayes/Michalakos/Parker/Svoboda Back in May 2012, while Mike Svobodo was visiting Edinburgh to do some workshops with University of Edinburgh postgraduate students, some locals, including myself, did…

edimpro releases

three back-to-back edimpro releases

forest by edimpro alison by edimpro heated by edimpro Just before leaving the UK in September 2017, amongst packing boxes and the fifteen other circles of hell that…

oh, (the) shame!

This is the full and original text of my article published on February 15th 2018 in¬†Times Higher Education.   In January of 2017 a colleague and I travelled…

MusicXML output from slippery chicken

Back in 2011, after several years of using either¬†CMN¬†or Sibelius (the latter via MIDI file import), I was considering alternative score output formats for my algorithmic composition software¬†slippery…

Why I’m leaving UK academia

(and no, it’s not just Brexit) Last year I started playing competitive squash in the East of Scotland League. After the matches, meals and drinks are provided by…

Recording “in limine” with Henrique Portovedo

  Henrique Portovedo¬†and I have just finished recording my piece¬†in limine, for two soprano saxophones and computer, written 2003-2005. We’ve now got to work on the mix and…

Porting slippery chicken

First of all I should say that there are no current plans to port¬†slippery chicken.¬†But:¬† A humourously intended (though sarcastic: you know who you are!) post on my…

hyperboles 3 in Montreal

Quasar Quartet, Le Gesu, Montreal, Canada, 19/1/17:   It was disappointingly warm in Montreal. I’d promised Martin¬†temperatures of -20C and below (it reached -33C on my last trip)…

for rei as a doe: the making of the video: an online interview with the artists

Below is an interview I initiated online with the artists who made the above video to my algorithmic composition¬†for rei as a doe. CI = Chante Inglis (animation)…

for rei as a doe, with video, in Genova

I’ve just returned from teaching algorithmic composition for a week at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Niccol√≤ Paganini” in Genova, Italy. It was a pleasure to meet and work with Professor…

Control Waves and Guest Professorship at the Folkwang University, Essen

I’m just coming to the end of my second week of teaching in the¬†Institute for Computer Music and Electronic Media (ICEM) at the¬†Folkwang University of the Arts¬†in Essen,…

timing accuracy in hyperboles 2

Those present at the St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh performance by Mieko Kanno of my hyperboles 2 (‚Äúuntil the cherries burst in the orchard‚ÄĚ)¬†on 20/5/16 were very patient. I…

Bangkok Thoughts: post-concert Q&A

Whilst searching online forY/Our Music, Salee Art Every’s excellent film about Thai  music, I stumbled across a complete recording of the post-concert question and answer session we did at Museum…

Masterclasses in Venice

The week of March 28th 2016 saw me giving saxophone and electronics masterclasses with Gianpaolo Antongirolami at the Conservatorio di Musica “Benedetto Marcello” in Venice. We were guests of…

Portrait concerts in Aveiro, Portugal

It was a pleasure to be a guest and one of the featured composers of the¬†AVEIRO_S√ćNTESE 2016 festival and the¬†Dias De M√ļsica Electroac√ļstica in Portugal earlier this month…

piano music and cross-staff notation

Anyone who has input a piano score into notation software knows that it’s not so easy as, say, creating a woodwind part. First of all there are chords,…

premiere of hyperboles 5, Birmingham

  Ellen Fallowfield and I outed the latest version of my¬†hyperboles¬†project last weekend at the Crosscurrents Festival in Birmingham. After two days of intense rehearsals and development it…

using auto-sequence to order chords: part 1

slippery chicken‚Äôs automatic chord sequencing algorithm creates an ordering for a set-palette‚Äôs sets (or chords) based on user-given dissonance and spectral centroid envelopes. The terms set and chord…

using auto-sequence to order chords: part 2

Back to part 1 auto-sequence examples and analysis The following examples process a set-palette created from a harmonic reduction by Emilios Cambouropoulos of Messiaen‚Äôs Quartet for the End…

The use of Reaper and MIRA in jitterbug

jitterbug is a four-movement four-channel work/album for computer, with or without improvising musicians. It is documented more generally but in detail in another blog post. Here I‚Äôm going…

jitterbug

(aka four views of a rhythmic-structural procedure based on iterated proportions of 6:3:5:4)     jitterbug is a four-movement four-channel work/album for computer, with or without improvising musicians….

Music for Parallel Consumption: An open-ended self-reconfiguring musical composition as app

Composed in 2010 but not released until some final polish was applied in 2015,¬†Music for Parallel Consumption¬†is a 4-channel digital composition made for¬†delivery and playback via a custom…

Meditation ‚ąę Music, Salzburg

It was a pleasure to be invited to Seda R√∂der’s inaugural Sonophilia event on August 15th. This took place just outside of Salzburg, Austria, at the Cultural Centre…

Keep it Simple: Complex Rhythmic Notation in Common Lisp

No, this isn’t a polemic against complex rhythmic notation or the New Complexity. Since the 80s I’ve been a fan of such music, even if as a composer…

making a gong

Music for Parallel Consumption

  Update, January 2016: This project has now been released on bandcamp It’s a lovely word but a little overused by self-help and marketing gurus: serendipity. Those familiar…

for rei as a doe: annotated timeline

Artists Colin Lawson and Chante Inglis¬† are working on a video using Colin’s paintings as visuals alongside my 40-minute piano and computer piece¬†for rei as a doe. This…

mNAP video, New Delhi

All the transcriptions are done, the analysis is complete, and now we have Shradha Jain’s video of the project I did in Delhi at the end of 2014:…

hyperboles 4 – the extremities of cold, Montreal

My hyperboles project¬†saw a new iteration in Quebec last month. Performances of ¬†hyperboles 4¬†(“insomniac rain”) took place in Canada, on February 25th courtesy of the festival¬†Mois Multi 2015…

The mNAP sound installation

Experiencing this sound installation involves stepping into a custom-built soundproofed box (the mNAP) and listening to the twelve-minute piece I made on stereo headphones. Simple feedback on the…

Heilige Schlaf(-störung)

5.15am, December 23rd, 2014. Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu, India. Pitch black. The dead of night. Except that the stillness that accompanies those well-known phrases is all too conspicuously missing….

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

You’d be forgiven for looking at this stunning photography by Shradha Jain and thinking that we’d found ourselves in idyllic surroundings full of the sounds of nature in…

step well cistern in the heart of Delhi

This was a great find: a step well in the heart of Delhi, namely Agrasen Ki Baoli–see recordings location map. Not only did this have some interesting sonic…

Dilli Haat Food and Craft Bazar

Another shot of me with that far away look–no idea where that comes from because whilst recording these ambiences I feel very focussed on the present moment. In…

circle of fifths

Is tonality dead?

‚ÄúThat autopilot mentality ‚Ķ ‚Äď and ditto the Classic BRITS‚Äô smorgasbord of stale musical leftovers ‚Äď freeload off the hard fought-for expressive truths of others, reducing to nought…

unbox 2014 Delhi

I’m looking forward to working at the Unbox Festival in Delhi at the end of this month on a collaborative project funded by the AHRC. I’ll be leading…