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Geoffrey Cox began his musical career in London as a guitarist in a post-punk, new wave band in 1979. Rejecting all forms of structured musical learning, he submerged himself in various rock groups before finally embarking on a course of musical study at Liverpool Community College in 1989 which led to the formation of a jazz-influenced quintet playing mostly his own music. This, in turn, led to an exploration of classical and contemporary music through an HND. He completed a First class honours degree in composition at Huddersfield in 1999 and a PhD in 2007 which focuses on the use of borrowed material in sampled and written form across a wide variety of musical genres. Other specialisms include Popular Musicology (the history and effect of technological developments on popular music) and working with visual images in a musical context, work which has become increasingly important to his output.
Music (compositions / performances):
Tree People (Cox) A 15 minute 5.1 audio-only redux of the soundtrack for Tree People (2014)
Tree People (Cox) A 45-minute documentary film, made over the last four years, that was premiered as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Colne Valley Tree Society in Spring 2014. The film is about the history and activities of the Society that has been planting trees in the Colne Valley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, since 1964. Geoff has been planting with the group every year since 1997. In terms of music research, the documentary primarily focuses on the creative use and manipulation of diegetic sound, and music that includes a musical score, performed by local brass band, the Slaithwaite Band (the second showing of the film took place at the band room on 2/5/14).
There (Valutye, Marley and Cox): 2013 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, 3rd April 2013 (Cox).
There is an audiovisual performance of a poem by Lina Valutyte that first presents a fixed narrative setting for the poem, using the idea of a place as something remembered from afar, and then proceeds to deconstruct both sound and image. As the materials dissolve and re-align themselves through a process that is both partially random and directed, novel juxtapositions and implied meanings are generated, such that the remembrance of 'there' becomes evermore fragmented and distant. The visual concept of the piece was developed by myself and Keith Marley.
There (version 1 - Valutye, Marley and Cox). A short live interactive audiovisual work based on There, a poem by Lina Valutyte
Live audio / video improvisation with live poetry recital (with K. Marley): ‘Deconstructing Voices’, Chapter and Verse Literature Festival, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, October 16th 2011.
Live audio / video improvisation at ‘Not part of’ (with K. Marley), Manchester, V21, July 7th, 2011, 7.00.
From Nice to Toxteth, (2011), a semi-improvised audio visual composition first performed at i-Docs, The Watershed, University of the West of England, Bristol, 25th March 2011 (with K. Marley).
Reduced Viewing, Enhanced Listening: Mechanised Deconstruction (2011), a semi-improvised audio visual composition first performed at ¡Documentary Now!, University of Westminster, 29th January 2011 (with K. Marley)
Cox, G. & Marley, K., A Film about Nice (c35 minutes)
No Escape (Cox) (c25 mins) for live piano and film (2008-9).
Performed at GEMdays Festival, 27th January 2009 and Philip Thomas, piano. Leeds Film Music Conference, University of Leeds, Clothworkers Concert Hall, Weds 7th September, 2011, 4.30.
Outtake (Cox) (5 mins) for piano and live electronics (2009) premiered by Philip Thomas, February 26, 2009.
San Remo Fiori dei Mercato
film soundtrack (produced and directed by K. Marley) shown at The National Media Museum, University of Bradford, MeCCSA Conference, 16th January 2009
2008 (all composition below, Cox, unless otherwise stated)
Vibraphone (A Kind of Loving)
vibraphone and live electronics
perf. St. Pauls Hall, Hudderfsield, 25th Jan 2008, Damien Harron, vibraphone
Exorcise (10 mins) for tape (2007), premiered at GEM days, February 1, 2009. Edited version performed in Brussels, May 25th 2011
piano trio (2007)
film soundtrack (produced and directed by K. Marley)
shown Sound, Music and Moving Image Conference, Senate House, London, 10th Sep 2007, Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research (CIMR) Conference Music Department, School of Arts, Roehampton University, 13th Oct 2007.
3 Rhythmic Etudes (2003/04/05/06)
new version with video by K. Marley.
shown at RMA Conference, Leeds University, Jan 2006; Bradford Film and Music Conference (part of Bradford International Film Festival), 5 March 2006.
I’m Not Elvis / Introducing W.C. Lowry (2001/03 /05)
film soundtrack (produced and directed by K. Marley)
shown 12 March 2005, Film and Music Conference, Bradford International Film Festival, Bradford, 5-7 August 2005, The Big Chill, Hereford.
The original Introducing W.C. Lowry won Mersey Film and Video’s ‘Best of Merseyside 2000’ and was subsequently shown twice at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool.
3 Rhythmic Etudes (2003/04/05)
perf. April 2005, St Pauls Hall, Huddersfield
Tech Data/Low Point (2004)
Le Tombeau de J.D (2004)
lute, 3 viols, perf. 17 Jul20 04, Cheltenham Festival, The Marisienne Quartet
This piece was commissioned by SPNM after a call for proposals. It was Performed at the Cheltenham International Festival.
Christe Redemptor Omnium (2004)
organ and tape, perf. 1 and 3 Dec 04, St Pauls Hall, Huddersfield
guitar, alto flute
I’m Not Elvis (2003)
electro-acoustic, perf. Mar2004, Electric Spring, Huddersfield
Sylvan II (2003)
electro-acoustic, perf. Feb 06, St. Paul’s Hall, Hudds.
Old Work (1996: rev. 2002)
for small orchestra, perf. 1997, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, 2002, Huddersfield St.Pauls Hall
Everybody’s Down On Me (2002)
You Are Not I (2001)
film soundtrack/radio art (film version produced and directed by K. Marley)
perf. Mar 03, Electric Spring, Huddersfield
Pertaining to Trees (2000)
recorder duet and tape
perf. Sep 2000, Paderborn, Ger, Oct 2000 Canterbury, Nov 2000 Purcell Rooms, London, 4 Sep 2004, Hawkhurst, 12 Sep 2004, Tallinn Recorder Festival, Tallinn, Estonia, 19 March, London, 2005, Ensemble QTR.
This piece has been performed several times over the last 5 year, both in England and in Europe and has now been released on CD (QTR CD06-03, 2003), which received a favourable review in Cinnamon Sticks – The Recorder in Australia by Barnaby Ralph, December 2003.
Introducing W.C. Lowry (2000)
film soundtrack (produced and directed by K. Marley)
shown Nov 00, May 01, Unity Theatre, Liverpool.
Abstracts and further details of research outputs can be found here: https://hud.academia.edu/GeoffreyCox
Cox, G (2017) ‘There must be a poetry of sound that none of us knows : Early British documentary film and the prefiguring of musique concrète’ Organised Sound , 22 (2), pp. 172-186. ISSN 1355-7718
Cox, G (2013) ‘Listen to Nice’ The New Soundtrack , 3 (2), pp. 89-105. ISSN 2042-8855
Cox, G (2011) ‘'Connecting hearing to viewing and knowing to feeling': Sound as evocation in non-fiction film with particular reference to No Escape (Cox, 2009)’ The Soundtrack , 4 (1), pp. 43-62. ISSN 1751-4193
Cox, G (2011) ‘Connecting hearing to viewing and knowing to feeling: Sound as evocation in non-fiction film with particular reference to No Escape’ The Soundtrack , 4 (1), pp. 43-62. ISSN 1751-4193
Cox, G (2010) ‘A Return to the Future or Forward to the Past?’ Contemporary Music Review , 29 (3), pp. 251-264. ISSN 0749-4467
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2008) ‘Looking and listening’. In: CineMusic? Constructing the Film Score. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 51-68. ISBN 9781847185938
Cox, G (2009) No Escape [Composition]
Cox, G (2016) ‘There must be a poetry of sound that none of us knows Early British documentary film and the prefiguring of musique concrète’. In: Alternative Histories of Electronic Music Conference, 14-16 Apr 2016, The Science Museum Research Centre, Queens Gate, London
Cox, G (2015) ‘Sounding and Resounding. Planting sounds: poetry, feeling, place in Tree People, the story of the Colne Valley Tree Society.’. In: Sound and the Screen Symposium, 20 Nov 2015, University of West London
Cox, G (2014) ‘Sounding and Resounding. Planting sounds: poetry, feeling, place in Tree People, the story of the Colne Valley Tree Society.’. In: Music for Audio-Visual Media Conference 2014, 4-6 Sep 2014, University of Leeds
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2012) ‘Deconstructing voices at NAWE’. In: NAWE Conference, 9th - 11th November 2012, York, UK
Cox, G (2011) ‘Listen to Nice’. In: Politics, Poetics and Practice, New paradigms for theory-practice interchange in creative media production, , Department of Media, Canterbury Christ Church University
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2011) ‘From Nice to Toxteth’. In: i-Docs: an international symposium on interactive documentary, 25th March 2011, The Watershed, University of the West of England, Bristol
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2011) ‘Reduced Viewing, Enhanced Listening’. In: ¡Documentary Now! A Conference on the Contemporary Contexts and Possibilities of the Documentary, 28-30th January 2011, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London
Cox, G (2010) ‘Live performance in my film, No Escape’. In: Cinesonika: Celebrating the Soundtrack, 12-14th November 2010, Simon Frazer University, Surrey Campus, Vancouver, Canada.
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2010) ‘Liveness and Documentary Performance’. In: Documentary Now!, 15-16th January 2010, Burbeck College, London
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2009) ‘Performing Documentary’. In: MeCCSA Conference, 14th - 16th January 2009, National Media Museum, University of Bradford
Marley, K. and Cox, G. (2008) ‘Looking and listening’. In: Sounding Out 4, 4-6 September 2008, University of Sunderland
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2008) ‘Cider Makers: an exploration of the relationship between sound and image within documentary filmmaking’. In: Negotiating the Mediascape: Theory and Practice Interchange in Contemporary Media, 2 May 2008, Canterbury Christ Church University
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2007) ‘Cider Makers: an exploration of the relationship between sound and image within documentary filmmaking’. In: Interdisciplinary Music Research Conference, 13 October 2007, Roehampton University
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2007) ‘Cider Makers: an exploration of the relationship between sound and image within documentary filmmaking’. In: Sound, Music and the Moving Image, 10-12 September 2007, Institute of Musical Research, Senate House
Cox, G. and Marley, K.(2011) Deconstructing Voices [Show/Exhibition]
Cox, G (2011) No Escape [Performance] In: Leeds Film Music Conference, 6-8 September 2011, University of Leeds, Clothworkers Concert Hall
Cox, G (2010) No Escape [Performance] In: GEM Days, 27 January 2010, Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield
Cox, G (2015) Tree People: the story of the Colne Valley Tree Society [Video]
Cox, G (2014) Tree People [Video]
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2011) Nothing but the hours [Video]
Cox, G. and Marley, K. (2010) A Film About Nice [Video]
First prize in the ICA’s AcoustICA composition competition for Tangled Air (2001)
A Film About Nice (2010) won Best Sound Design/Editing in the Shorts category of the Hollywood-based Maverick Movie Awards, 2012. It was also nominated in the Best Chronicle, Best Cinematography and Best Editing categories www.maverickmovieawards.com/shorts2012.html
Tree People: International Award of Merit at International Film Festival of Environment, Health and Culture 2015 (Indonesia): http://internationalfilmfestivals.org/EHC/winners.htm and a similar award at its sister festival, World Film Awards: http://www.worldfilmawards.org/2015/world_awards_merit_specific.htm
Finalist at 8th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF), Short Documentary/ TV Documentary: http://www.ecofilmfest.my/films/short-documentary-tv-documentary.html
Acoustic music composition.
Electroacoustic music composition.
Sound and image: theory and practice.
Electronic Music Composition
Filmmaker, Composer, Writer