Langham Research Centre

ResonanceFM, a streaming show from London that was formerly a broadcast station, Has quite a few good shows. One the best for modern music is the one done by the Langham. They have a few disks and CDs. What I have I’m happy with. I’ll probably skip the cassettes, but the vinyl is good.

They played some Ambrose Seddon, but only an extract. He has a new CD on Empreientes Digitales I was hoping to hear. Got a small listen. I like Ambrose’s  work so far. It’s ‘classical acousmatic’ in the sense that it isn’t afraid to delve into the tried and true structural hierarchies, but doesn’t sound like anyone else’s work.éphémères

A quick paste of Langham’s program notes for today:

Langham Research Centre

[Repeated from Tuesday 8pm.] Langham Research Centre present their favourite electronic music and musique concrète, mixing classics and new releases, on the third Tuesday of each month. Tonight: music from Robert Farnon and His Orchestra, Denis Smalley, Ulrich Troyer, Langham Research Centre, Philippe Petit & Michael Schaffer, Annette Vande Gorne, Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, and Ambrose Seddon. Presented by Iain Chambers and Robert Worby.

Coming for January 2019!

CD Cover
OBS CD cover


I’m proud to have a split CD release with Emmanuel Mieville on Denis Shapovalov’s OBS label .
Available for download on Bandcamp now.
CD available in January

Ubiquitous Music Conference

The conference in Brazil accepted the paper. It’s a tad long so still some work to be done. I’m given the impression that there’s a good chance an acceptance is a sure precursor to the Journal of New Music Research issue and will need to be expanded to 25 pages. SO!

Update: The final review wasn’t positive, but corrections and improvements are being made. It seems unlikely. Most of the weaknesses pointed out were not only legitimate, but from one point of view possibly core to what the research was about. A lot of this could have been avoided had i foreseen these issues earlier. A shift in perspective is easy enough to conceive, but a bit tight to rewrite it from scratch.

It was nice to be asked though.


The abstract:

Music as a Plastic Art
An ecological strategy Facilitating emergence in an instrumental composition ecology

Abstract.  This recounts and expands on a method for fixed-sound composers to construct music for solo as well as fixed-sound accompanied instrumental performance. It uses aural models instead of written or graphic systems to stay congruent with concrete studio practice, rarifying the aural feedback cycle. The composition is realized within this heightened aural environment with the com- poser situated as an embedded organism. Results gathered in the studio, from individual samples to the finished composition, can be thought of as eigenstates, resulting from the complex interaction of various perceptual, audible, conceptual, and computer aided mechanisms. Aural models can potentially reduce the interpretive degrees of freedom to near zero, creating an ’impossible’ task, paradoxically producing a bounded yet infinite spectrum of musical outcomes. The ideas are largely from part of my 2007 PhD research (sponsored by De Montfort University).

tracking sound

Still unable to find research on ‘dark with eyes open vs  eyes closed’ auditory tracking efficiency,

The function of tracking in the dark is orientation/identification whereas with eyes closed the task is less risky.

The studies must exist, I didn’t dream them I don’t think.

Although I might just have gotten t wrong.



1000 Instrumental Metaphors

I need to unbind my ideas or some of my ideas about this project.
Why does a finished sketch need to be more than a minute, or 30 seconds, or even 10?
I need to crank out handfuls of these and throw them by the shovelful at these performers.


Farming motifs

Bounded vs unbounded affordances

Originally posted on 6/8/16 in response to:
CEC — eContact! 17.4 —
Back to the Future: On misunderstanding modular synthesizers
by Richard Scott


There’s an upcoming issue of a new music journal that includes ecological-based compositional practice. It’s something I really want to take part in.
More information as it is released.