Category Archives: Place

Performative and compositional ecologies – by Clive Grace

As a composer/field recordist, Winter is a low time for gathering sound in the heart of the borders where I currently live. Aside from the practicalities of gathering sounds in the cold midwinter, the minimal light and inclement weather make it a less productive time for me than staying in a warm house with a few “winter projects”. My traditional sources of inspiration have all gone away, those that remain are silent, hibernating or rarely expending any energy unless they need to. Animals venture out in December only if they need to. Owls are silent, the usually rasping corvids are quiet, even the sheep and horses in the paddocks opposite my studio are mute: the biophony of my locale cycles down, and in the all-too-brief powder that passes for snowfall in this changing climate, the snow muffles the soundscape so sound does not travel as well as it could or in a way I am familiar with.

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Fast and Slow – Music Research Seminar Talk

MRSS talk given by Dr Suk-Jun Kim

MRSS talk given by Dr Suk-Jun Kim

(By Suk-Jun Kim)

Last Thursday, I gave a presentation at the Music Research Seminar Series (MRSS) 2014-15. At the presentation, which was titled, Fast and Slow: Changes in One Composer’s Artistic Questions, I discussed the gradual, and sometimes, drastic changes in my artistic questions with my early, mainly electroacoustic compositions to more recent works, which involve sound installation and live coding performance, as some examples. Continue reading

Voicing the Voiceless in the Sea of Trees – by Ross Whyte

Aokigahara is a dense 14 square mile forest which lies at the foot of Japan’s Mount Fuji.  It is also known as Jukai, the “sea of trees” and is famous for being Japan’s most popular suicide destination.

I had first became aware of Aokigahara and its morbid phenomenon in early 2013.  My initial investigations led me to numerous sensationalist reports and discussions.  Further reading, however, revealed an ancient mythology connected to Aokigahara: tales of yūrei (tormented spirits) said to haunt the forest and rumours of the custom of ubasute (the abandoning of elderly or infirm relatives) also taking  place there. Continue reading

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From Space-Specificity to Site-Specificity

(I delivered this paper at the 2013 Festival L’Espace du Son in Brussels, Belgium this November.)

Today I would like to talk about a compositional issue that has grown to become a major concern for me over the last several years. And it became more pertinent and urgent to examine this issue when I started teaching composition in a higher education. It has to do with the environment I am in when I compose, but it is not merely an environment or a tool as it governs the whole process of how and even why I compose. Continue reading

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Pile Driver – by Pete Stollery

I am in Prague for a performance of my piece Three Cities which was a finalist at the Music Nova 2013 competition. I had some free time today so this morning, as I often do when visiting a new place, I went for a walk around the city with my recording device (Zoom H6). I’ve never been to Prague before and people have variously told me that I must see the Castle, Kafka’s grave, the Christmas Market, and other tourist locations so this is how I found myself at the eastern end of the Charles Bridge, which was not far from my hotel.

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