RESEARCH

I am currently a doctoral student at the University of Surrey, where I am researching corporeality in electronic music as practice based research.

 

My practical work consists of acousmatic compositions and music composed for contemporary dance and drama performances in which I explore the role of the body in creating music and as a quality of the resulting music. For this purpose, I have also designed a gestural feedback instrument that allows me to get in direct touch with the sound: experientially, playing the instrument feels like shaping the sound with my hands and my body. The feedback sounds are processed in a Nord Modular G2 synthesizer and controlled by OSC/MIDI via Max/MSP. Finally, I create music with a live electronic setup combining no input feedback with electroacoustic feedback and objects (which I prefer to see as subjects). Voice also sometimes feature in this music, as an instrument, more seldom as a lead voice with lyrics.

 

My theoretical framework for this research is fundamentally contemporary animism. I am insipred by and in resonance with scholars such as Nurit Bird-David and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. My performance Seeress explores concepts such as the dividual and relatedness (Bird-David) but also concepts from old Norse cosmology, which contain animist ideas. Especially Norse conceptualisations of the different selves of a person are at play in the performance, in accordance with the idea of sound as a living individual/agency as expressed by Rodgers (2011), O’Callaghan (2010) and Peters (2013), along with a range of composers/musicians working with feedback, such as David Tudor, the Barrons and Toshimaru Nakamura. Bird-David sees contemporary animism as a relational epistemology, where the focus is on relatedness (1999) which is why my research also entails touch and intimacy in relation to the sounds, the technology and the music. These are treated as subjects rather than objects in a form of holistic unity: perhaps what David Bohm terms holomovement (1980) or what the Nahua terms Teotl.

 

Presentations:

2012     iFIMPac conference at Leeds College of Music: Duet (performance for gestural feedback instrument and dancer Joop Oonk)

2013     The Place, London: The Fear Factor (contemporary dance performance) 

2013     University of Surrey: Score! 4 1 3 (film/installation/dance performance)

2013     University of Surrey: Cheap Blue (performance with dancer Joop Oonk)

2013     Agony Art, London: Cheap Blue (performance with dancer Joop Oonk)

2013     Corporeal Computing conference at University of Surrey: REACH (performance with dancer Angélina Jandolo and Kinect                       visualizer Chris Kilding

2013     Agony Art, London: There May Be Trouble Ahead - An Experiment (structured, improvised performance with 12 dancers and               four musicians)

2013     The Hat Factory, Luton: The Earth Will Absolve Me (live art performance with the Ahhhness of Things Collective)

2014     The Hundred Years Gallery, London: Found, installation/performance with Jia-Yu Corti

2014     Royal Holloway: Animism in electronic music (paper)

2014     Tour in Sweden: Seeress (performance with gestural feedback instrument and live video artists alKamie)

2014     University of Surrey: Animism in Electronic Music (paper)

2014     INTERactions conference at University of Bangor: Animism in Electronic Music (paper)

2014     SSSP at De Montfort University: Animism in Electronic Music (paper)

2014     Duende residential workshop in Lesbos, Greece: Home and Cement Mixer (improvised performances)

2014     SPILL festival, Ipswich: The Earth Will Absolve Me (live art performance with the Ahhhness of Things Collective)

2015     Written and Composed in London: music from the play Prometheus Bound with live text

2015     University of Surrey: Seeress and the Six Selves: old Norse cosmology as a framework for the experience of the                                                 corporeosonic composer. (paper)

2015     Ivy Arts, Guildford: Seeress (performance with gestural feedback instrument and live video artists alKamie)

2015     Rich Mix, London: Setting Up (solo performance)

2015     The Horse Hospital, London: live electronics cinema gig

2015     MuSA conference Karlsruhe, Germany: Seeress and the Six Selves: old Norse cosmology as a framework for the experience                           of the corporeosonic composer. (paper)

 

 

Publications:

2012     Online lecture for the Mid Sweden University: Att känna med öronen - förmedla känsla med ljud (To feel with your ears - mediating emotion with sound)

2013     Review of Bodily Expression in Electronic Music for the Journal of Music, Technology and Education Vol 6:2, p.221.

 

Residencies:

2013     IDKA Gävle, Sweden for development of feedback instrument

2013     FST, Cortona Italy, composition residency

2013     FST, Berlin, composition residency

2014     EMS, Stockholm, composition residency

2014     Duende, Lesbos, Greece, residential performance workshop

 

Grants:

2012     AHRC grant for PhD studies

2014     FST composition grant

2014     Stiftelsen Alvar Krafts minne scholarship

2014     RANK touring support for Seeress