Upcoming RMA Music and Philosophy paper

Here’s the abstract for my upcoming paper at the 6th Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group. Adorno’s concept of musical material during and after the New Materialisms Materialist thinking has enabled the reappraisal of music and its associated cultural and aesthetic practices (e.g. Born 2011; Cox 2011; Dolan 2013). Simultaneously, … Continue reading Upcoming RMA Music and Philosophy paper

Practice as Research, Research as Practice, Practices of Research

The discussion of practice as research at today’s LCDS research group got me thinking about its relation to “traditional” academic research. In particular, this converged with a thought that echoed Judith Butler’s discussion of the place of philosophy in non-philosophical disciplines, explored in her Undoing Gender (2004). So, I thought I’d sketch out a couple … Continue reading Practice as Research, Research as Practice, Practices of Research

Thoughts on ‘Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics’

10th July 2015 [final day of the conference] Yesterday I attended the final day of the excellent conference, Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics, held at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. (I couldn’t make the previous two days due to other work commitments.) I wanted … Continue reading Thoughts on ‘Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics’

‘Legacies of the Immaterial in the Arts and Practice’ stream at London Conference in Critical Thought 2015

I’m running a stream for this year’s London Conference in Critical Thought. In the last couple of weeks the conference committee has made its selection from the many paper proposals received, and sent out the notices of acceptance. My stream, ‘Legacies of the Immaterial in the Arts and Practice’ called for papers that ‘ask[ed] what … Continue reading ‘Legacies of the Immaterial in the Arts and Practice’ stream at London Conference in Critical Thought 2015

LCCT 2015 – Call for papers [deadline: 16th March]

The call for papers for the London Conference in Critical Thought 2015 has been released! The CFP is a document made up of various thematic streams. Participants are invited to propose papers/presentations to a given stream, or to a ‘general stream’ (without theme). I am coordinating a stream entitled ‘Legacies of the Immaterial in the Arts … Continue reading LCCT 2015 – Call for papers [deadline: 16th March]

Music and Psychoanalysis study day

University of Liverpool, 13th November 2013 This week I presented a paper about music analysis and dream analysis at the excellent Music and Psychoanalysis study day. This event brought together a number of interesting speakers and delegates. There was a sense of a (re)emerging subdiscipline within musicology; the speakers and methodologies encountered were diverse nonetheless. … Continue reading Music and Psychoanalysis study day

Forthcoming Lachenmann article in Contemporary Music Review

I’ve just sent off the final version of my article for a forthcoming issue of Contemporary Music Review (vol. 32/5). Here’s the article abstract: Building an Instrument, Building an Instrumentalist: Helmut Lachenmann’s Serynade Abstract: In Helmut Lachenmann’s Serynade (1998, revised 2000), the solo piano is explored as a pianistic resource from which to build a new instrument and new … Continue reading Forthcoming Lachenmann article in Contemporary Music Review

Conference review (first day only): Music and Philosophy 2013, King’s College London, 19th-20th July.

Music and Philosophy 2013, King’s College London, 19th-20th July. The first day of the 3rd Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association’s Music and Philosophy Study Group was, in the most part, very enjoyable and interesting  (I was unable to make the second day due to a family commitment). There were some great formal presentations … Continue reading Conference review (first day only): Music and Philosophy 2013, King’s College London, 19th-20th July.

Performing Cardew’s “Great Learning” – Paragraph 5

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