My article on Adorno’s musical materialism and new materialist philosophy (particularly, Jane Bennett’s concept of vibrant matter) has just been published in Music & Letters. You can read the article here.
Dr Rachel Darnley-Smith and I will be convening a conference on music, psychoanalysis, and music therapy at the Institute of Musical Research on Saturday 19th May 2018. We have released our Call for Papers (deadline 26th November), which you can read in full here. The basic rationale for the conference is as follows: A number … Continue reading Music and Psychoanalysis conference at the IMR
With Prof Isabella van Elferen and Dr Matthew Sergeant, I am one of the conveners of a new research network on “music and materialisms”. We’ll be having our first meeting on 12th December. Our initial ‘Call for Expressions of Interest’ follows! Expressions of interest in initial meeting Tuesday 12th December, 2-4pm Guildhall School of Music … Continue reading Music and Materialisms Research Network initial meeting
I’ve just submitted the revised manuscript for my article on ‘The Composition of Posthuman Bodies’, for a special issue of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media on ‘Bodily Extensions and Performance (Avatars, Prosthetics, Cyborgs, Posthumans)‘. The article focuses on Ferneyhough’s music and posthuman theory. This is scheduled for publication in autumn 2017. … Continue reading The Composition of Posthuman Bodies
It is convenient to see musical modernism as a style, one that might be held beside the Baroque or Classicism. Its tell-tail signifiers give us bearings by which we might orient ourselves interpretively. They also allow us to categorise it as a movement or a concept and, indeed, to make it safe – to neutralise … Continue reading A note on modernism and style
This weekend I had the opportunity of playing Paragraph 5 of Cornelius Cardew’s “Great Learning” at the Bath International Music Festival with Syzygy/MASH ensemble (the New Music group based at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford) and members from The Oxford Improvisers, among others. This is a mad piece – but a great piece – in that … Continue reading Performing Cardew’s “Great Learning” – Paragraph 5