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My practice as research began with planning field recordings that would explore diverse, recognisable human activity contained within a small window of time and that was evidently mapped to a place of sonic character. The source material recorded was from a single summer evening in a distinctive sonic landscape: an English seaside town.
Typically, my compositional work, whether acoustic or electroacoustic, begins from the micro and develops in a quasi-organic method; however, here the creative approach is inverse: beginning with a rich tableau of multi-various recordings that survey the familiar, the commonplace, whimsical snatches of seaside life. The sonic material exploited in the piece (such as a fish and chip shop, church bells, biking, walking, passing chit-chat, shoreline waves) are sound symbols of the everyday but by morphological and contextual reframing are transformed into new ‘fictionalised’ landscapes. The work was both conceived as both a metaphorical discourse and an abstract musical work.
A key research imperative that underpins the creative process is in the transformation of these source recordings: to develop a work that supports a clear musical argument in a crafted formal design that employs contemporary electroacoustic composition techniques but also a work with intrinsic mimetic discourse. The work begins with short sharp juxtapositions of contrasting material that set up key sonic ‘themes’ both referential and non-referential/abstract. As the work progresses it moves into longer more abstract soundscapes that darken the landscape, morphing, layering and juxtaposing through a range of compositional techniques. A key element is in the interplay of sonic space and how the immersive experience informs the listeners’ listening.
- electroacoustic music
Tom Williams (Speaker)26 Mar 2019
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Tom Williams (Invited Speaker)19 Mar 2019
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference