Contemporary Music

Coma Notes

Posted on 9 November 2016 by Jessica Kelly

  We recently teamed up with the poet James Nash and the Cardiff-York Universities Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre to put together an evening of new music by some of our postgraduate composers exploring the themes of coma and consciousness. This will  take place here on Saturday 12 November as part of the
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Ancient Mariner: Not an Opera

Posted on 16 May 2016 by Jessica Kelly

Three of our postgraduate composers have worked with Welsh artist Ivor Davies to create an immersive, sound-led performance which will premiere at National Museum Cardiff on 17 May. Find out more from the composers – Joseph Hillyard, Richard McReynolds, and Julia E. Howell – here… Ancient Mariner: Not An Opera began as the idea of artist
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Pierre Boulez Memorial Service

Posted on 19 January 2016 by Jessica Kelly

Robert Court, University Organist and Associate Lecturer at the School of Music, writes about the recent Parisian memorial service for Pierre Boulez… Pierre Boulez Memorial Service Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris 4pm January 14th 2016 Just before Christmas, and two days before the terrorist attack on the Bataclan theatre, I had booked a two night trip to Paris
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Musical creativity and communication in the age of social media

Posted on 21 September 2015 by Jessica Kelly

Dr Robert Fokkens writes about our involvement with the Signum Quartet’s exciting #qwartweet project… Over the next 18 months, Cardiff University composers will be partnering an exceptional German chamber ensemble – the Signum Quartet (previously BBC New Generation Artists) – in an innovative project based around the Twitter social media platform. Devised by the Signum Quartet,
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Beethoven Was Wrong

Posted on 30 June 2015 by Jessica Kelly

PhD composer Daniel James Ross tells us about his new radio show dedicated to contemporary composers at UK universities… Beethoven Was Wrong is a radio show that I am making for the world’s first radio art station, Resonance FM. Below is a description of the show from the website: “BWW is a radio show about
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The Big Ears Workshop

Posted on 2 June 2015 by Jessica Kelly

Composer Richard McReynolds is studying for his PhD in composition. Here he tells us about his involvement in a workshop collaboratively creating prototype accessible interfaces, and using them to create an improvised electronic music ensemble performance… “My research involves the use of gestural devices to trigger electronic sounds in musical performance.  In order to explore
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Music and Ceramics – a collaboration

Posted on 22 May 2015 by Jessica Kelly

PhD composer John Cooney on an exciting collaboration with National Museum Wales… “When the chance came to be involved in a collaboration with National Museum Wales, and to write a new piece for an event in the Museum’s Fragile? exhibition, I was delighted.  I have always enjoyed collaborating with artists from other disciplines and have
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