With one instrument
Project Isolation: Installation #17 [video]
Collaborative video piece with Ted Walliker and Georgia Brown of whatstick theatre. Responding to the theme of "Tell us the last text you sent/received".
Duration: 4 minutes
In memoriam Iggy Fox. Words by Nick Conroy.
Duration: 4 minutes 20
Sketches for Piano [recording]
These Sketches for Piano explore different ideas of decay and how they punctuate music. The first sketch, Pink with Gold explores decay’s relationship with harmony. Using the sustain pedal, the resonance of each chord carrying a slightly altered harmonic footprint amasses into a bed of sound, to gradually fade - the individuality of each chord decays away. In That Faraway Cloud, the harmony and sustain pedal is used similarly but explores how each line interacts and fades against one another. It employs a rhythmic approach similar to that of flamenco - accentuating rhythmic beats on a loop but then juxtaposes lines on different length repeats.
Duration: 13 minutes
Svaha [OST] [recording]
'Svaha’ tells the remarkable story of a 2000-mile, three-month sea kayak expedition across the Caribbean Sea from Grenada to Miami, through some of the world’s most treacherous waters. It’s a journey attempted only twice before. Directed by William McCreadie & George Parry.
Synthesisers / string orchestra
Duration: 28 minutes
The Bee Carol
The Bee Carol takes inspiration from Carol Ann Duffy’s poem of the same name. The poem plays with the fragility and vulnerability of the bee in hibernation, but also of the strength of the hive together. I felt a particularly strong connection with this image from my own time spent in Manchester - the city of the worker bee. The music responds to the inquisitive nature of the bees in their fragile state, and is treated as a folk tune to reflect the original secular use of carols through history.
Duration: 2 minutes
Out to Lunch [video]
Out to Lunch is an operatic one act nonsense in which a person on the edge of sanity is bombarded with tasks, trials and tribulations. The characters search for endless meaningless meaning in a satirical, metaphorical and pedagogical adventure into retail.
Opera [Mezzo soprano solo / baritone solo / 1 high voice / 2 low voices / Bb trumpet / Bb bass clarinet / accordion / violin / viola]
Duration: 10 minutes
Shadows of Doubt [recording]
Shadows of Doubt is inspired by Mark Rothko's Yellow Pink and Lavender on Rose. The music responds to the colourful nature of the art and to the playful, inquisitive disposition of Sandra Burnett's poem. Taking inspiration from Irish folk melodies, it plays with a sense of fragility between the singers in the trio.
Vocal trio [S/S/A]
Duration: 3 minutes
The Importance of Being [recording]
let not / splash / again / nature poem / the secret
A song cycle for male voice and ensemble, The Importance of Being explores concepts of society, love, living and value. The poetry of Charles Bukowski is spoken over a small jazz ensemble, allowing the depth of his language to resonate over quick-changing, chaotic and vibrant textures.
Male voice / soprano sax / Bb trumpet / double bass [doubling electric bass] / vibraphone / drum kit
Duration: 14 minutes
Like Shining from Shook Foil
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
- Gerard Manley Hopkins
Orchestra [ 2 / 2 / 1+bass / 2 - 4 / 2 / 2+bass / 1 - perc, hp, str ]
Duration: 8 minutes
Sea to Sky [recording]
Sea to Sky takes inspiration from Rothko’s art, namely Green over Blue. In collaboration with Sandra Burnett, we spoke about depth of colour and the fragility of edges. Through her words, I portray this fragility and its unnerving volatility in Sea to Sky.
Solo alto / piano
Duration: 3 minutes
Silkscreen refers to a screen of fine mesh used whilst screen printing I take the process of screen printing literally, by building colour in overlaying chords and metre across the original stencil. There remains some bleed and blemishes as the ‘ink’ doesn’t always print correctly. The work was
inspired by elements of industry within Manchester, applying similar ideas of process and industry to music.
Brass quintet [ 2 Bb trumpets / french horn / trombone / tuba ]
Duration: 6 minutes
Riptide is about the ebbing and flow of sound, almost emulating the music of a synthesiser. The choir has undercurrents which flit between parts, focusing on texture, washing gradually through the piece.
Choir [ SSAATTBB with 2 performers per part [16 total] ]
Duration: 6 minutes
Drawing on the art of hocketing, Ad hoq strives to throw a musical 'hiccup' in timbre and line around the ensemble. The nature of the ensemble leaves chance for purposeful contradictions of style and sound between the instruments. Ad hoq responds to Machaut’s work, Hoquetus David.
Viola de gamba / trombone / descant recorder
Duration: 2 minutes 30
Bobbyknocker Trio [recording]
I could dare / Alone / Cold realisation
A trio of poems by Sarah Teale, reimagined as musical theatre numbers, exploring themes of loneliness.
Solo soprano / piano
Duration: 4 minutes 40
FAKE NEWS [recording]
Trump Natural Spring Water / Trump Steaks / Trump Utility Home Bedding / Trump Effect / Trump Fragrance
For me, much of Andy Warhol’s work seems to be concerned with surface and what, if anything, lies beneath. As each print is produced, small flaws emerge conveying a sense of decay across the work. It is also greatly concerned with American identity, “That’s why the American government and the American media are so great. The President, the news magazines, television - they only want to capture America’s mood at the moment, reflect it back and ... start feeling American like everyone else”. I see much of Warhol’s work as a reflection of what he feels America to be at the time of each work’s inception, from a giant hamburger, to stardust ‘Shadows’ presenting a macabre disco decor. I have sought to adapt this reflection to today’s America, literally reflecting the President, Donald Trump back to us, the people. Trump represents a vast part of the American identity, the rise of business to the very top of law and order, as a direct result of us, the consumers. Taking this reflection, I have written small jingles, selling some of these genuine Trump products. Using largely his own language, I seek to portray not only the success of consumerism, but also the unnerving decay with which it, and Trump seems to lay beneath the surface.
Male vocal trio [ 2 tenors / bass ]
Duration: 5 minutes 20
This piece was inspired by the aesthetic of artist, Idris Khan. By superimposing dense layers of imagery and photography, his work begins to take on new meanings through the juxtaposition of art, words and religion. I sought to try this musically. By directly recording the performers, a Max/MSP patch loops and plays back cells a certain number of times. This leads to the phasing in and out of material and the superimposition of 4 instruments upon themselves. The music follows the movement of two chords, in an organic and evolving process - leading to climax in a fanfare solo by the trumpet over the muddy texture beneath.
Flute / Bb clarinet / Bb trumpet / cello / live electronics
Duration: 11 minutes
Sis [OST] [recording]
Two estranged sisters, religious Fran and transgender Steph, reconcile their differences during the course of one night where honesty is the only policy. Directed by Dimitris Toulias.
Organ / violin / cello
Duration: 10 minutes
SEMI TRANSPARENT MAGMA [recording]
The name SEMI TRANSPARENT MAGMA derives from the description of a piece of post-conceptualist art called "Screen to Screen" by Kelley Walker. It creates its subject from the superimposition of screen prints from a diverse visual material which then creates a framework and structure in a "semi-transparent magma". The semi-transparency is created in this piece from the pitch and colour canon. As one violin leads the rest of the ensemble, the pitches and colours can be drawn across a slow moving canvas. Moving at different speeds, this creates an oozing magma as sounds are superimposed across different layers and colours. These are kept in check by the constant of the glissandi, which seeks to destabilise, but at the same time enforce the shifts and clashes in pitch and colour.
String quartet [ 2 violins / viola / cello ]
Duration: 2 minutes
Vent is an etude for solo flute which explores the different tensions within a person’s day, represented through separate cells. Each cell becomes a channeling of each form of anger a person may feel, and explores the relationship of these angers amongst one another. Once each frustration has been fought with itself, the material makes a final move in its teleology with an attempted resolution of each anger, as the person releases their vexation from their mind, and music.
Duration: 2 minutes
Free association is an art form which utilises of the flow of consciousness, how one thought lead to another and reacts to itself, manifesting in words with close symbolic or sonic links to one another. Using the lyrics from a Darwin Deez free-association track, associate-Free proffers the impact of the subconscious upon the conscious.
Solo bass [voice] / trombone / tuba / Bb trumpet
Duration: 4 minutes 45
How Not To Be Seen: An Audio Visual Handbook [recording]
This work is informed by How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV file, a piece of post-internet art by Hito Steyerl. It explores invisibility of the self in an age of excessive visibility of the internet, media and satellite images. Each instrument here aligns with a seemingly random and different person in our age, seeking to define themselves and hide from the exposure of technology.
Bb clarinet / tuba / viola / animateur
Duration: 7 minutes