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.
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, Syncretismand Apprentice, are still being exhibited at Access Space until the 15th June, 2017.
Please check out information about Access Space and the exhibition.
20th May, 2017
I am pleased to announce the first exhibition of two pieces from my MA portfolio: Syncretismand 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.
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
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.
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.