Discover more about studying music at Brunel University London. Members of the music teaching staff describe our four undergraduate music programmes:
Colin Riley reflects on “being composer” today: This may sound a little dramatic, but in truth, for today’s self-published, independent composers, the admin list is endless; making websites, keeping them up to date, getting performers interested in your work, alternative paid jobs such as teaching (and all the spread-sheets that go with this), putting on performances, attending performances, logging all works and performances for your royalties, self-promotion (general getting out and about at concerts and conferences, emails, newsletters, soundclouds, facebook, twitter), recording, forming record labels, administering record labels, organising performance groups, funding applications, and then, more funding applications… Click here to read the entire post and peruse other Riley Notes here.
Revitalising Early Twentieth-Century German Opera
Prince Philip Room, RSA House,
8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ
Wednesday 17 September 2014, 9:30am-6pm
This is a one-day early career networking event sponsored by the British Academy. Its aim is to bring together scholars and practitioners with research interests in the field of German opera from c.1900-1935. Particular attention will be given to historiographical problems and staging issues (past and present) relating to the works of key operatic composers of the period, including Korngold, Pfitzner, Schreker, and Strauss. There will also be a session devoted to Schoenberg’s ‘unfinished masterpiece’ Moses und Aron, in light of its current WNO revival.
The keynote address will be given by Professor Peter Franklin (University of Oxford). Other speakers include Dr Mark Berry (Royal Holloway), Dr Roger Allen (University of Oxford), Dr Ben Winters (Open University), and Philip White (Asst Chorus Master, Bayreuther Festspiele).
Registration is free of charge and includes lunch and refreshments, but places are limited. If you are interested in attending, and for a full programme and further details, please contact Dr Nicholas Attfield (Brunel University) at email@example.com by no later than 8 September 2014. Travel expenses within the UK will be considered for early career scholars and postgraduate students who wish to attend.
Over the course of one festival weekend enjoy all 20 commissions. New Music Biennial includes a work featuring 20 pianos from around the world and a piece for community choirs inspired by African heritage.
A PRS for Music Foundation initiative, New Music Biennial provides a platform for talented composers, performers and organisations who push the boundaries of new music in the UK.
Brunel Electronic and Analogue Music Festival (BEAM) will be at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference (NIME) this year. Sarah Nicolls Kingdom, Artistic Director and Brunel Senior Lecturer, has been working all year with Atau Tanaka, this year’s NIME chair, to present an event packed with amazing projects from all over the world. click on the links within this post to find out more information on BEAM, NIME and the special events happening at the 14th International Conference from 30 June – 4 July in London.
From the source: BEAM is collaborating with NIME, the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, to present BEAM@NIME 2014. Invited artists compliment the NIME programme through performances and installations, linking academic research to club nights, and connecting gig-goers, musicians, technologists and researchers. BEAM@NIME provides a portal to a world where technologies are used in creative, strange and wonderful ways to enhance and extend human bodies and the music they make. There are performances and interactive installations on the Goldsmiths’ campus and in nearby Fordham Park and club nights in Corsica Studios, XOYO and the Amersham Arms.
That’s not a question but the name of the new album from The Soft Pink Truth (aka Drew Daniel from experimental electronica duo Matmos) on the Thrill Jockey label. The album features appearances from Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons), Terence Hannum (Locrian), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), and Owen Gaertner (Horse Lords).
Here’s the thing: The album takes songs by Venom, Beherit, Sarcofago, Sargeist, Darkthrone, An, Mayhem, Hellhammer, and Impaled Northern Moonforest (for those confused lost souls, these are all Heavy ‘Black’ Metal bands) and presents them as addictive house and techno anthems.
Why talk about this here? Apart from the classically inspired work of the duo Matmos (with references to Pierre Schaeffer and Stockhausen), this “solo” album features many guest performances including the whispered vocals from London based free improviser/composer and Brunel Professor, Jennifer Walshe, in the vogue-ball inspired rethinking of Darkthrone’s “Beholding the Throne of Might”. More info and to buy the album go here -> The Soft Pink Truth.
“I use simple and basic musical objects; common chords and intervals, arpeggios, drones, cadences, fragments of scales and melodies. The materials may seem familiar – perhaps even rather ordinary – but my aim is to find a fresh beauty in these objects by placing them in new structural and formal contexts.”
This double CD of chamber pieces can be found on the unique label, Another Timbre. The album contains 14 works, totalling over two hours of music, played by the ensemble who have championed Crane’s music since the mid-90’s (you can hear an example of what’s on the album below… but go and get the album, it is a gem).
The Frank Griffith Quintet featuring Tina May
American alto saxophonist and clarinetist Frank Griffith, a former regular at the Bull’s Head, has played and written with some of the crème de la crème of the Jazz world, including Ron Carter, Jon Hendricks, Cleo Lane, Jack McDuff, Buddy Rich and Mel Torme, as well as the Glen Miller and Lionel Hampton Orchestras. Acclaimed Jazz vocalist Tina May is one of the UK’s most highly polished Jazz gems. A winner of numerous awards for her singing, she has performed all over the world from Austria to Australia and New York to Tokyo, including an appearance at the famous ‘Club Lionel Hampton’ at the Meridian Hotel in Paris.
8:30pm, JUNE 19TH 2014