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Residency in Sydney

I am very excited to have arrived in Sydney, Australia, where I am in residence at the Sydney Conservatorium of music. I received funding from the World University Network (WUN) which enabled me to travel here, and I am being hosted by the wonderful composer, Daniel Blinkhorn. I look forward to starting my piece in the next few days, and shall post excerpts here as I go…

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Acoustic Frontiers

Foundry Flux was broadcast on the most recent addition of Acoustic Frontiers, airing on CKCU-FM, 93.1, Ottawa, Ontairo, Canada. The piece sat alongside all of the other Destellos Foundation works from the 2018 competition, and introduced by Ralph Hopper. For more information, see: https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/46/info.html

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Talk at HARP

Next week, I shall deliver a lecture at the 1st International conference for artistic research in performance – run by HARP at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester. My abstract is listed below…

The Electronic Performer
Dr. Adam Stanović

In describing their actions as a form of research, performers of electronic music face a particularly daunting challenge. Like all performing musicians, the electronic performer operates in an age where practice-led research all too often requires explanation, even justification, before it may achieve credibility otherwise reserved for long-established forms of research. For the electronic musician, however, the on-going struggle associated with practice-led research is coupled with an additional challenge; the apparent need to further explain, and even justify, their use of the term performance relative to the field at large. Such a need is, at least in part, due to the widely-held view that electronic music is “not for performance” (Godlovitch 1998; Davies 2004; Goehr 1997; Kania 2005) as most succinctly, and boldly, stated by Andrew Kania: “[…] if electronic works are not counter-examples to a theory of Western classical music as a tradition of works for performance, you might wonder what would qualify as a counter-example” (Kania 2005, p.34). If their performances are to be accepted and understood as a form of research, therefore, it would seem that electronic performers must first succeed in assimilating their practice(s) with notions of performance found elsewhere.

With the above in mind, this paper considers the performance of electronic music in relation to forms of performance practice found elsewhere. It starts by highlighting a range of ontological similarities that hold between all forms of performance, drawing particular attention to their fundamentally fleeting nature; performances, of all kinds, not only cease to exist the very moment that they have sounded, but may never be repeated, in quite the same way, again. Curiously, this observation holds for electronic music; although often associated with a fixed medium, pieces of electronic music differ each and every time that they are performed. The paper goes on to discuss some of these differences, drawing attention to: the medium, the listening space, the placement of technologies and loudspeakers, the choices of musicians during performance, acts of interpretation, score-reading, among others. Concluding comments highlight some of the various ways in which electronic performers engage in their practice, thus revealing some of the key methods associated with research in the field. That such conclusions clearly apply to other forms of performance, however, suggests that we might best understand performance-based research by adopting a broad and inclusive view of music-making across the many musical fields.

Foundry Flux wins prize at Destellos

I’m delighted to announce that Foundry Flux has won second prize at the Destellos Foundation composition competition in Argentina. The composition, which is one of my favourites, has now been running for 11 years and has various links to institutions around the world; the second prize was granted by Musique et Recherches in Belgium, Motus and the GRM in France, and Fundacion Phonos in Space.

For more information, see: here.

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Lecture at New England Conservatory

Yesterday, I visited the New England Conservatory, Boston, where I gave a lecture about my recent compositional activities – in particular, my new piece ‘Ten Billion’. It was wonderful to see the various different NEC buildings, and concert spaces, and to meet some of the composition students. John Mallia, who kindly invited me, was a wonderful host and it was great to spend time discussing composition with him.

Lectures at Harvard

During a brief trip to Boston, I delivered two lectures at Harvard University. The first concerned my compositional interests, and the second particular methods for realising musical ideas. It was wonderful to meet both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and I am grateful to Hans Tutschku for hosting my visit.

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Ten Billion

I have just finished a 40-minute work in 10 channels of audio… It is called ‘Ten Billion’. A short stereo excerpt can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/adam-stansbie/ten-billion-excerpt

The programme note is:

Ten Billion

The United Nations recently predicted that the world population will exceed ten billion by the year 2050. If this prediction is correct, a staggering population boom will occur over the coming thirty years, at a rate never previously witnessed by mankind. This piece responds to the mind-boggling number, ten billion, by giving it a sonic form. Each tiny microsound, or grain, represents one person and, taken as a whole, they number ten billion. The piece is composed for 10 loudspeakers, at the studios of Bowling Green State University, USA. I am extremely grateful to Joe Klingler, for funding the Klingler ElectroAcoustic Residency (KEAR), and staff and students at Bowling Green for accommodating my visit. Special thanks go to Dr. Elainie Lillios who worked extremely hard to make the residency happen, and was exceptionally helpful and kind throughout.

Ten Billion is dedicated to my wife, Inja Stanović.