Traversing an Open Space

  • Fiona Pacey

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The compositions presented in this portfolio emerge from a personal journey that traverses a path across the territory of experimental music, finding the intersections that are relevant for my practice. I explore open-ended ways of composing in an egalitarian and democratic way, working by consensus, recognising the interconnectedness and interdependence of people, and our relationship with the living world of the environment.

The path is one of exploring music and other arts, particularly sculpture, of quietude and reflection, through “participant observation” (Ingold, 2013). The portfolio pieces are reflective, introverted and understated, with just a few sounds, allowing exploration of time and space, all of them actively engaging musicians in making decisions and choices in performance.

Traversing an Open Space has followed a path of open-mindedness, together with a sense of connectedness with other musicians, finding its place in indeterminacy and open scores, embracing ephemerality and unpredictability; a consideration of time and space has afforded the recognition of each individual’s contribution to the whole of “here and now”.

I find validity in operating through “being” as the driving force in my compositional practice, and I invite performers and listeners to travel with me as the music I have composed unfolds.
Date of Award26 Sep 2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMary Bellamy (Main Supervisor) & Bryn Harrison (Co-Supervisor)

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