PhD and Post Doctoral Research
Using science and the natural environment to inform musical composition: A portfolio of original compositions, with a subsidiary research project 'Audience reception and promotion of contemporary classical music in the UK'
RESEARCH COMPOSITION PORTFOLIO
Soundwaves of light (2005)
Written for large orchestra and informed by light emissions from the stars. Tone rows and harmonies were decided upon based on calculations of a stars frequency. the calculations were provided by Dr Paul Stevenson, University of Surrey.
Is informed by the natural environment, written for unaccompanied chamber choir and soprano soloist, and draws upon an eclectic mix of vocal styles.
Written for a wind, brass and percussion ensemble bringing together jazz and classical performers.
The behaviour of an orchestra is dictated by the molecular structure of water in three different states; solid, liquid, and gas. A new chordal device, polychords of limited transposition, was designed to take dominant seventh-type chords away from an obvious tonality.
Written for solo cello. Making sound visible through the science of cymatics.