DescriptionIn March 2018, the album Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne will be released on The Leaf Label. This music is a collaboration between co-producers Mark Slater and Adam Martin (working under the Nightports title) and pianist Matthew Bourne. Nightports is bound by a fundamental aesthetic of restriction: only sounds produced by the featured musician can be used – nothing else – though these can be transformed, distorted, translated, reworked, stretched, cut, ordered and reordered without limitation. The resulting music is a hybrid of the specific characteristics of the musician’s playing plus the interventions of the producers. Such an aesthetic is nothing new (Stravinsky talked about it in his Poetics of Music; Oval did it by assembling a library of thousands of tiny sonic fragments; Matthew Herbert encodes it in his ‘Personal Contract for the Composition of Music’), but the appropriation of a stringent set of rulesis poignant in the context of an information- and technology-rich society where choice paralysis and/or homogeneity can easily undermine the creative potential of these tools. The digitisation of technology has brought changes to music production practices that have delivered a new compositional palette, a new sense of space and place, and a reexamination of the relationship between humans and machines (Brøvig-Hanssen and Danielsen 2016). The Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne case study will be used to explore the contemporary landscape of technologically-mediated production practices including both an appraisal of the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the project and practical examples to show how these are made manifest.
|Period||3 Sep 2018|
|Event title||Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice|
|Location||Huddersfield, United Kingdom|
|Degree of Recognition||National|