New Compositions

23rd March, 2018

I have been focussed on attempting to communicate one (stubborn) idea through my recent work: I've been trying to make pieces which have a particular quality of fragility or vulnerability. I have now realised that a better work might have an implied meaning, not through a series of pieces of differing media, but by consolidating the not so different attitudes into one piece.

This is quite challenging and somewhat frustrating but I already feel as though this consolidation will allow me to communicate my intentions more effectively than two separate pieces could.

Although I'm not quite back to the starting point, I have made a lot of significant changes - I just hope they stick!


Previous Compositions

20th February, 2018

I've added a Compositions section to the website!

A selection of pieces have been added along with sound and/or video files and performance notes.

Music Tuition

12th December, 2017

Since the launch of my recent exhibition in June I have had to focus on my music tuition. The Academy at which I previously taught was closed, making me redundant from the end of July, 2017.

Rather than being an obstacle, I saw this as a chance to renew myself and open my own practice. Getting the business underway and functioning has proven more difficult than I originally imagined, requiring a lot of time and energy.

I have continued to compose, with two pieces now taking shape: an audiovisual sonic art (video) piece which builds from where the MA left off; and a composition for voice/guitar/piano which engages my current thoughts on musical composition. I hope I will feel comfortable uploading at least one of these when they are completed.

Exhibition Launched

1st June, 2017

The launch of my exhibition at Access Space in Sheffield was a success!

Thank you to all who came down to see and discuss the work in person - I very much enjoyed the chance to get feedback and discuss various ideas with the group!

The two pieces from my MA portfolio, Syncretism and Apprentice, are still being exhibited at Access Space until the 15th June, 2017.

Please check out information about Access Space and the exhibition.
Still from my piece

Exhibition

20th May, 2017

I am pleased to announce the first exhibition of two pieces from my MA portfolio: Syncretism and Apprentice.

Access Space in Sheffield has agreed to show these two works along with a brief discussion from myself on the opening night.

The event opens on July 1st at 5:30pm and will be shown for two weeks.

Further information about Access Space and the exhibition can be found here.

Masters Degree Results

10th May, 2017

Great news! Today I received confirmation that my Masters Degree (compositions and thesis), Sound in an Alternative Medium has passed with Distinction!

So, what’s next?

Use Audacity to Improve Your Musicianship

10th April, 2017

James has created a video which shows how you can use Audacity to slow down the tempo of a track, making practising your instrument and learning songs that bit easier.

The video also shows how to use Audacity to change the key of a song, which can help you avoid having to alter the tuning of your stringed instrument between songs!



University of Huddersfield Blog Post

23rd March, 2017

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post for the University of Huddersfield’s press blog in which he discusses the experience of publishing with their open access journal, Fields.

I also included some details about how this experience, and that of speaking at a conference in support of the published work, had an impacted on his current research at the University as a postgraduate researcher.

The short article can be found at the University of Huddersfield’s Press blog, with a permanent file available for download here.

Online Lessons

I am pleased to now be able to offer ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS!

I am looking for some helpful and willing learners to take part in a few experiments with the technology.

What you will need:

• an instrument - limited to guitar for now, I’m afraid…
• a PC (Windows, or Mac OS) with a webcam, current tablet or mobile phone with webcam
• a microphone (many laptops now have these built in)
• a Skype account

A Royal Award Ceremony

In February, 2016 I was one of five students selected by the University of Huddersfield to attend the ceremony for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

The University of Huddersfield won the prize for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience’. The award was accepted by Professor Bob Cryan and Professor Rachel Cowgill.

A party of staff and students attended the ceremony which included Mr Chris J. Brown, Professor Martin Hewitt, Professor Aaron Cassidy, Khannah Bint Saliym, Jung In Jung, Chi Ching, Beavan Flanagan and myself.

Many thanks to the University of Huddersfield, and particularly Professor Cassidy, for this absolutely amazing opportunity; it was an absolute honour and a wonderful occasion which I will never forget.

Do feel free to check out some official photographs of the occasion!

A Conference

I was selected to speak about his recent publication at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research, 2016.

This was an amazing opportunity to discuss my work and gain even more experience in public speaking.

Many thanks go to Katherine Jensen for organising the whole thing!

If you have any questions, comments, queries, or would like to know more about the work, please do get in touch via info@musicalmrfox.co.uk or musicalmrfox@gmail.com

A Publication

Many thanks must go out to the Fields Journal team at the University of Huddersfield! After a lot of hard work on both sides, James’s paper has been published!

I am keen for this work to reach as many people as possible. It, along with any of the other journal entries, can be downloaded for free from the University’s digital repository.

If you have any questions, comments, queries, or would like to know more about the work, please do get in touch via info@musicalmrfox.co.uk or musicalmrfox@gmail.com
Fields - A Journal of Huddersfield Student Research
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