LAB11: Joanna Bailie, Caitlin Rowley, Matthew Sergeant

November 30, 2017 / 0 comments

Wednesday 6 December 2017, 12-4pm We welcome Berlin-based composer Joanna Bailie in Lab 11 to talk about her recent audio-visual work and its use of synchronisation and sampling. In the first half of the lab, Caitlin Rowley will discuss her recent work using handmade boxes as scores, and Matthew Sergeant will demonstrate a new project…

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New video releases

November 23, 2017 / 0 comments

We’ve begun to film performances of work related to the Lab’s focus in the Bath Spa University TV Studios. In July, Bastard Assignments came in for a day to shoot two pieces, Josh Spear’s Extended Play and Edward Henderson’s Blow/Suck. We did a lot of takes, working with three cameras and green screen, then Josh and Edward…

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LAB10: Howard Skempton

November 6, 2017 / 0 comments

Wednesday 8 November 2017, 12-4pm In Lab 10 our visitor is celebrated composer Howard Skempton. Howard joins us as part of a two-day celebration of his music, with performances by staff and students. As a founder of the Scratch Orchestra with Cornelius Cardew and Michael Parsons, Howard has been at the forefront of exploratory music…

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Open Scores Lab composers on BBC Radio 3

October 17, 2017 / 0 comments

Three pieces by Lab members Caitlin Rowley, Luke Nickel and James Saunders were presented last weekend as part of BBC Radio 3’s Why Music? The Key to Memory series at the Wellcome Collection. Caitlin’s Aides Memoire was performed by Bastard Assignments, framing memories evoked by her personal field recordings accompanied by live photography of the performance space….

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LAB9: Luke Nickel, Andrew Hugill

September 26, 2017 / 0 comments

In the first lab of our second season we welcome back recent PhD graduate Luke Nickel, who will present a new piece for performers transcribing speech, in advance of its live premiere on BBC Radio 3 on 14 October as part of the Why Music? The Key to Memory event at the Wellcome Collection in London. Luke will…

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Open Scores Lab programme for 2017-18

September 26, 2017 / 0 comments

We are pleased to announce the visitors for the 2017-18 labs following on from our first series in 2016-17. Each lab is on the first Wednesday of the month in term time from 12-4pm, and features a visiting speaker alongside presentations by staff and PhD students from Bath Spa. The lab is a mix of…

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Lab composers featured in The Wire

August 16, 2017 / 0 comments

The September issue of The Wire includes an article by Tim Rutherford-Johnson on scores that are brought to life by performers bodies. It includes discussion of work by current and former lab composers Louis d’Heudieres and Luke Nickel.

Open Scores Lab at summer conferences

July 21, 2017 / 0 comments

Lab members Matthew Sergeant, Louis d’Heudieres and James Saunders have presented papers at three international conferences so far this summer. James’s paper ‘What’s the point? Balancing purpose and play in rule-based compositions’ was given at the Performing Indeterminacy conference at University of Leeds on 30 June, followed by a performance of his piece sometimes we do…

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Bastard Assignments film session

July 21, 2017 / 0 comments

London-based collective Bastard Assignments were with us this week filming in the Commons TV Studio. This is part of a new project we’re beginning to develop, bringing in performers to make films that use the studio as a resource, trying to do more than is normally possible with concert documentation. Today we filmed two pieces…

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Amnon Wolman appointed as Visiting Research Fellow

June 26, 2017 / 0 comments

We’re really pleased to announce that Amnon Wolman will be a Visiting Research Fellow in the lab from January-April 2018. Amnon will be developing his work on scores that investigate memory and imaginary sound during his residency. He says ‘In the last fifteen years my research-based music composition focused the use of text to initiate…

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