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[originally written in Feb/March 2021, but a scheduling error meant the post is only going up now] Garden of Forking Paths collaborations – Tywi John Hywel Roberts & Johanna Leung, Planetary Boundaries – Human Needs, and Slushball Earth This is a two-part post, with composer Tywi‘s reflections first, the the...

I’m very grateful to the wonderful Apartment House ensemble for requesting a follow-up of my clarinet concerto Natura Naturans for chamber forces. They play it at the Wigmore Hall (London) on Wednesday 12 October 2022 7:30PM alongside works by Jack Sheen, Jeney, Juta Pranulytė, and Oliver Leith. The new version is for...

Scott has been writing quite a bit of text over the past year, some of which is coming out in the next few months. Forthcoming book edited by Mine Doğantan-Dack on rethinking musical instruments includes an article by Scott on ‘The Material Clarinet’. This examine the specific perspective of this...

This post unpacks how the ‘Natura Naturans’ (mini-concerto for clarinet and prepared string orchestra) relates to the Garden of forking Paths project. See here for score and audio respectively (the solo clarinet part is at on the same PDF as the orchestra score, at the end). The story begins in...

[This is part of a series of blog posts by project participants on their work. Simon is a PhD student at the RNCM] Sound Sculpture No.1 was performed at the RNCM on the 14th February 2020. A project summary (including recordings) can be viewed here: https://www.simonknighton.com/concert-piece/sound-sculpture-no1-2020   Capturing Indeterminacy to...

[This is the first in a series of blog posts by project participants on their work. José is a 4th year undergraduate student at the RNCM] * * * * * I became involved in the RNCM strand of The Garden of Forking Paths in early 2020, and after a...

Here’s a video of Heather and I workshopping a new piece that looks like this… Originally made as part of a composition workshop for RMA 2020. See youtube description for video structure.    

We’re very excited to be running a symposium at University of Leeds on 16–17 April 2021. The call document is here (PDF), please share widely across disciplines. EXTENDED Deadline for submissions is Jan. 11th 2021, see call below for details.   Keywords: contingency, materiality, agency, performative ontology, sound, music, responsiveness, intra-action...

  The work of Alvin Lucier is notable for its focus on sonic phenomena, harnessing material agencies for their indeterminate qualities. Lucier takes a (Cagean) non-interventionist approach to material agency, preferring to let phenomena speak for themselves. Works such as I am Sitting in a Room (1969), and Music on...