Vegetable Orchestra update

A few photos from our recent workshop with the Vegetable Orchestra in Vienna (me Caroline Hobkinson and Adam Martin), learning about ways to connect food and music…

A really productive session with a lovely bunch of people – and open, creative artists too. Looking forward to our next meeting in May!

This research and development project is funded through Arts Council England’s International Artist Development Fund.artscouncil_britishcouncil_lockup_black

ONE [Lotherton Hall]

Amazing fun working children and families at Lotherton Hall Crafty Families workshop as part of ONE, on 02 September.

Every version of ONE is tailored to the venue, adapted to the instruments, architecture and atmosphere of the location, but connected to the other events in the series through the music and visuals that underlie the project. This special version was designed as an interactive workshop.

Rough cuts from the ONE Crafty Families workshop at Lotherton Hall, Leeds, on 02 September. The drawings were created in response to music played on the 1865 restored Erard piano in the Drawing Room, with each image interpreted by Ben Gaunt during the workshop. Featuring improvisations by Ben Gaunt, drawing, scribbling and impromptu dancing by workshop participants, and music by Jacob Thompson-Bell (end).

Hear very different versions live on…

8 September at Iklectik, London
9 September at The Rose Hill, Brighton
15 September at Seven Arts, Leeds


Call for Work – Fresh Yorkshire Aires

web_logoI’m looking for work from Yorkshire-based artists and composers for Fresh Yorkshire Aires, an online exhibition I’m curating of graphic scores and visual representations of sound by artists and composers based in Yorkshire. You can submit work any time between now and 08 April 2016.

As the online collection grows, selections will be released as limited edition print collections and explored in live performances around Yorkshire by musicians including Matthew Bourne and Philip Thomas. Check the Fresh Yorkshire Aires blog for updates.

Submit your work>>

Having recently taken up a lectureship at Leeds College of Music, I’m a new Yorkshire resident, so I’m looking to survey some of the diverse range of styles and approaches composers and visual artists take towards sound, and to showcase ongoing work in the Yorkshire region!

Any Yorkshire-based artists can apply to have their work included – if you’re an illustrator, painter, photographer, textile artist, or composer making graphic scores, intricate hand-drawn manuscripts, or other visual work that relates to sound, you can submit your work. Looking forward to hearing from you…

Collectives and Curiosities: Exchange Manchester

I’m looking forward to taking part in ~exchange, hosted by Gavin Osborn, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, on 04 October at 18:45.

~exchange is a new bi-monthly forum bringing together composers and performers to exchange ideas, collaborate, workshop and perform. This first event showcases open-form work, with pieces by composers including Larry Goves, Matthew Shlomowitz and Rachel Graff, plus some classics by Cornelius Cardew and Pauline Oliveros.

I’m working with Michael Betteridge to present a new version of our Collectives and Curiosities Serenade project – a collection of single-page graphic and text scores begun in January 2014 (commissioned by the LSO).

Take a look at the score below, or check out a video of the first performance at LSO St Luke’s.

Minute of Listening (Sound and Music)

I’m pleased to say that I’ve been commissioned to write the words for Sound and Music’s third edition of ‘Minute of Listening’, an educational resource for primary school children in the UK. Each edition has 60 one-minute long excerpts of music and sound, with written explanations and discussions for each (I also wrote for edition 2).

Sound and Music have selected an amazingly varied set of recordings, ranging from birdsong, animal and weather sounds, to archival wax cylinder curiosities from the British Library, and work by jazz artists, contemporary composers and folk singers.

My contribution involves writing the words to encourage children to listen more deeply, and to imagine how their listening skills might be applied to the world outside the classroom.

You can find out more about Minute of Listening, and purchase packs 1 and 2 for schools, by visiting:

Somerset House: Listen/Here

On 29 January 2015, I presented Listen/Here, the culmination of my residency at Somerset House, and the final event of the RE-Moulded projectListen/Here took the form of a series of simultaneous live performances in various locations around Somerset House, running continuously throughout the evening. Audiences were led by guides through each of the performance locations, focusing on the sounds of Somerset House, as well as the ways I’ve collected and re-worked them into music.

My scores and illustrations, based on the sounds of Somerset House, were brought to life in performances by CoMA, the Ligeti Quartet and more, with music inspired by underground generators, rushing traffic, bustling cafes and other ambient sounds around the building.

RE-Moulded was supported by the Sound and Music Embedded programme, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, with support from Arts Council England. Full acknowledgements here.

RE-Moulded @ Somerset House

Throughout this year, I’m working as the 2014 Sound and Music Embedded Composer in Residence with Somerset House. My project, RE-Moulded, explores the sonic environment of Somerset House (London) with the help of a microphone, sketchpad, and some fellow musicians and artists. I’m also engaging with Somerset House tenants and visitors to find out about their sonic experiences of the building.

Take a look at my composer sketchbook to find out more about my work on the project, and to read about upcoming events as part of the project. The sketchbook contains a mixture of audio, illustrations, text blogs and photographs related to my residency. You can also find out about which parts of the building I’m exploring.

More information about Sound and Music’s Embedded programme is available at:
Read more about Somerset House at:

RE-Moulded is supported by Sound and Music’s Embedded Composer in Residence programme with Somerset House. Read full acknowledgements here.

A Work in Progress: Slightly Before, Just After

I’m currently working on a short film of a string quartet re-imagining Schubert’s 1815 lied Meeresstille (Calm Sea). My composition is based on a loose transcription of a slowed and distorted recording of the original song by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore. The film was shot at the Royal Northern College of Music, directed by me with camera operated by Lucas Martin and sound recording by David Coyle.

The piece is still being developed but here are a couple of preview extracts I’ve put together so far…

Thanks to members of the Aomori Quartet performing here (violins: Hugh Blogg / Rebecca Smith; cello: Chris Terrepin; guest violist: Kay Stephen).

Part 1:

Part 2: