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Dark Matter: Music Meets Physics

Several years ago, my friend and collaborator Konstantinos Vasilakos approached me with an idea to develop a collaboration between CERN and our laptop group, the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research. The idea was to develop ways of transforming data from experiments at the Large Hadron Collider – the world’s largest particle accelerator – into electronic music and visuals,…

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Lilt :The Dance

My original choreographic design for Matthew Ricketts’ piece Lilt began with musings on the word itself.  ‘Lilt’ is defined as a gentle rise and fall, an intonation or cadence with a rhythmic quality.  It seems to suggest a place of weightlessness or carefree state of drifting. To me, a place where one either speaks or…

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Lilt : The Music

My new work Lilt is comprised of three primary types of material, each designed to provoke/provide a contrasting music-body relationship for Jennifer’s choreography. A central idea to both Jennifer’s work and mine has been centrifugal motion: the constant drift from a center but with residual pull back towards an initiatory state, forever tethered yet wriggling…

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A Really Big Score!

Alex with Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason’s Emergence – a really big score! Physically, it’s one of the largest scores that Alex Pauk, conductor and founder of Esprit Orchestra, has ever conducted (16” x 24”, 40 cm x 60 cm) – so big that it won’t fit on one music stand. It also requires a music…

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Musical Passion by Telephone

In the 1970’s when I was getting to know Claude Vivier, he would sometimes phone me from Montreal to passionately play parts of whatever piece he was writing at the time. He did this simply by putting the receiver by the keyboard of his upright and blasting away as loud as he could so you…

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