Since I tagged myself as an aspiring magician, I thought I should reflect on things I find magical. So here goes, in no particular order:
double sided tape
tape in general (often contributes to magic in all sorts of situation)
John Cage's focused determination in Water Walk
babies' unbashful way of smiling at strangers
unobsessive fascination with modular synths
I'm sure there is more but for now I'm happy to reflect on this
It has been a year since I entered a blog...which makes me think that I'm really bad at something like keeping a blog. Regardless though, I have kept up with my area of research and have since finished my thesis for Master's programme in Live Electronics at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam titled Making Abstract Real: Live Electronics, Embodiment and Physicality. Since then I was accepted into a PhD programme at the University of Huddersfield, where I am currently pursuing a degree in research and composition.
I am investigating gesture as means for composition and as part of composition in interdisciplinary collaborations involving live electronics. I will try to keep my blog active for the part of my research and the work that I'm creating.
Right now I'm working on a piece for the members of the Ensemble Apparat, Samuel Stoll (horn) and Matthew Conley (trumpet) with live electronics. I'm investigating the interdisciplinary aspects of gesture through references to Brecht's critique of modern theatre in pieces like Three Penny Opera as well as memory dependence through gestures and references as means of forming an identity. At the core of the piece I hope to include research on disembodiment of sound and restructuring of instrumental behaviour.
As physical performance demands a different approach to score making, I'm curious myself how I will communicate the piece through notation, be it traditional or graphical very prescriptive or descriptive, visual, aural or even video. It helps to think about current CeReNeM seminars which have been focusing on notation lately.