Headed by composers Richard Glover and Bryn Harrison, this research project explores temporal experiences within conceptual approaches to music making. The team aims to promote the participatory qualities of the listener in the act of music-making, and define a language for discussing temporality which develops solely out of experiential responses, building upon previous work in phenomenological approaches to the investigation of musical/sonic and temporal experience. The team has presented at international conferences exploring temporality, discussing their own compositional approaches in relation to the listener’s temporal experience.
Phenomenology and temporality in the composition of experimental minimal music. In: Philosophy and Music Conference: Time Theories and Music, 27-29 April 2012, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
Memory and trace in minimal experimental music. In: Time and Trace: 15th Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time, 30 June - 6 July 2013, Orthodox Academy of Crete, Greece
Authored by both Richard Glover and Bryn Harrison, the book Overcoming form: reflections on immersive listening was published in November 2013 by the Huddersfield University Press and investigates four areas of immersive sound environments: repetition, sustained tones, performed installations and approaches to extended forms, focusing in particular on the music of Morton Feldman, Eliane Radigue, James Tenney and Phill Niblock. Through in depth exploration of the experiential nature of these subjects, the authors offer reflections upon the materials used for these environments, how they are organized, and the consequences of this on how we listen.
An international symposium in 2013 brought together practitioners and scholars engaged with the notion of extended durations in music. The symposium included papers, performances, discussions, and a keynote speech given by composer Jem Finer on his works Longplayer and Score for a Hole in the Ground.
This major publication with Bloomsbury in 2016 will provide the first large-scale dedicated study of temporal experiences in music exploring radical approaches to the use of repetition, sustained tones, silence, field recording and other areas.
Richard Glover edited the first issue of Divergence Press, on the issue of temporality in contemporary music.
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Richard is a composer involved with the creation of experimental music exploring process and sustained environments, and has worked with many international performers, in particular the Bozzini Quartet and Ensemble Dedalus. He has published on the perceptual and experiential responses to immersive sound environments, and in particular the music of Phill Niblock. He has also written on the role of technology in minimalist musical approaches, and explored conceptual approaches to notation in experimental and minimal music. He is currently working on a large-scale project exploring how radical experimental music impact upon the listener’s experience and conception of temporality.
He is on the committee of the RMA Music and/as Process study group, and co-organised the first Music and/as Process symposium. He edited the first issue of Divergence Press on temporality in contemporary music, edits the Newsletter for the Society for Minimalist Music, and is currently setting up a new journal on world and historical minimalisms in collaboration with the University of Durham.