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Composing for Material Indeterminacy [or] “what a piano wants to do”




Speaker: Dr Scott McLaughlin (University of Leeds)


Ahead of Zubin Kanga’s performance of my piece for prepared-piano and magnetic resonators, this talk looks at composition as the development of strategies for structuring the indeterminate sounding of an unstable instrument. I’ll demonstrate how the piano is made unstable, how this allows the material agency of the piano to come to the fore, and how the piece is composed “around” this agency.

About the Speaker

Scott McLaughlin is a composer and improviser (cello, live electronics) based in Huddersfield, UK. Born in  Ireland (Co. Clare) in 1975. He studied BMus (Uni of Ulster), MA/PhD Uni of Huddersfield (PA Tremblay, C Fox, J Saunders, B Harrison). Scott lectures in composition and music technology at the University of Leeds; leading the MMus Critical and Experimental Composition programme, and co-directing CePRA (Centre for Practice Research in the Arts). His research focuses on contingency and indeterminacy in the physical materiality of sound and performance, to explore material agency and recursive feedback systems in constraint-based open-form composition.

Following this presentation, work by Scott McLaughin will be performed by Zubin Kanga during ‘Silver Screens/Steel Strings’, which is part of the City, University of London Concert Series. For more information and ticket reservations, click here.

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When and where

5.00pm - 6.00pmTuesday 26th March 2019

AG09 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom