There was a Facebook discussion asking advice for young composers…. I couldn’t help but want to offer a few more thoughts! This list is by no means exhaustive, but I reckon a good start!
Ben Hinchley and I, in our duo Flœk, made a 30 min work for Jaimie Leonarder’s “The Experiment”, presenting 1st friday of each month at Brand X, ESCAC in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Also this week, I taught 350 kids some composition and sound creation fundamentals at Bronte Public…. (photo by Guy James Whitworth)
It has been a very full on few weeks!
You may, or may not, know that I bought Limelight Magazine 4 years ago to keep it from going under.
The company I started to publish the magazine has been able to improve the mag's financial position year on year for 4 years, but unfortunately the accrued liabilities from the first couple of years of losses just got the better of me! So I've had to take some drastic actions. I'm now in the midst of selling the magazine for the best price I can... I'm getting incredible advice and help during all this and it's coming along nicely.
The stress of it all, though, has lead me to pull out of the performances I was going to give for Guy James Whitworth's Mardi Gras exhibition starting this coming Friday. I just couldn't get something of quality together, even in scored improv, as my time is being prioritised to ensure Limelight's future.
Given what we're negotiating, however, not only is Limelight's future looking brighter than ever, but so is my artistic one. Whatever happens, I'll be absolved of being the director of a company that owns or publishes Limelight, which bodes well for my future of my works!
There have been other amazing things happening though; Ben (my partner in Vordenker) is upgrading our hardware tech so that I'll be able to wear a chest strap to take live bio-data in future (meaning I'll be able to perform in a much more free way whilst my heart rate, and other data, is effecting the sound). He's putting this tech into a theatre show he's working on at the moment, which means that by the time I'm using it in my own works it'd already been tested.
Dean Walsh (my partner) and I have also booked a bunch of studio space from April onwards to produce workshops in his methodology; Prime Orderly, as well as some space/time for artistic/creative development for our own work, and skills exchange time. I've been recently teaching him some music techniques around rhythm - overlaid time signatures, the difference between pulse, beat, phrase (micro to macro structures of rhythm), which is fascinating for me as well, given I'm letting go of consistency and predictability of rhythm in my own work more and more (in the context of your heart rate, "pulse" and "beat" carry very new meaning, though the macro rhythmic structures of work still carry the same technique as in other music/composition).
Onwards and Upwards! I'll keep you up to date as things progress on my art, and any performances/showings I'm able to organise.
Casting off into the abyss
acerbic reality sometimes
amid honeyed eyes and embodied learning
the stymied hurtling galaxies (Thanks Chris Mansell for this line)
will they collide? will they align?
or will it all fall apart.
So many gargantuans at once,
perhaps a bad idea...
though potential inherent in their DNA
is phosphorescent with futures
Both known and unknown
all delightful - in their own way.
Perhaps we're not casting off into a complete abyss...
parts of the way ahead are certainties
and of course, fun episodes of streamed video to watch
and of course, progress
and of course, regret
at least these are pillars to
or simply be with for a while.
Casting off into certainty is rather boring though
I much prefer an abyss
Perhaps it's more fun to be blindfolded in this dance
so that it's not the future that's so in focus
but the sensation of movement of air and the touch of dance partners
the sounds of our feet on the studio floor...
Though, for OH&S reasons, I'll take a peek at where we're going every now and again.
You wouldn't believe what the Australian Art Quartet did today. It is amazing working with really accomplished musicians and relating their music techniques to movement techniques, their understanding of music composition to movement composition... I'm making an integrated sound/movement work... we don't know what about yet, but we've got an 8 day residency at Bundanon to figure it out!