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]
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
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
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
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.
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