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Sound and Music Podcast Episode 5
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Sound and Music in partnership with Ben Eshmade

This is an archived page for the 2018 Sound and Music Podcast. Find out about the new Sound and Music Podcast for 2020 with Susanna Eastburn and Des Oliver here.

Have you ever wondered how a piece of new music is created?

Ever pondered the process? Ever debated how a composer makes a living today? Or how society influences music and sound?

What does new music sound like, and who are those that create it in the UK today?

Meet the diverse people behind the most compelling, innovative and breath-taking sound and music across the UK today.

Listen to The Sound and Music Podcast episode 1 here>>

Listen to The Sound and Music Podcast episode 2 here >>

In episode two we explore the work of composer Tom Barnes and his collaboration with Sound and Music, ROLI and filmmaker Marco Alessi producing MIDWAY.

MIDWAY features improvisations on the ROLI Seaboard Rise by the residents of Midway House, an unassuming 76-flat council estate in Islington. Tom takes us on a journey, exploring the question of who can improvise, and interrogates the reasons for which we consider one musical voice to have more or less value than another.

Listen to The Sound and Music Podcast episode 3 here >>

This episode of the podcast returns to our 2017 Composer-Curator series, reporting on queer sound in Birmingham, DIY sonic experiments in Huddersfield, and site-specific piano music in Brighton. We speak to Trevor Pitt about gender and sexuality in music, Ryoko Akama about improvisation, and Jacob-Thompson Bell about his carefully curated piano programme, ‘ONE’.

Listen to The Sound and Music Podcast episode 4 here >>

Sound and Music Podcast: International Women’s Day

What does it mean to be a female composer in 2018? How do we balance the need to illuminate common barriers with the need to hear individual stories?

In this special episode of the podcast, we listen to a range of composers on their own terms: Nicola LeFanu describes her earliest musical discoveries and her experiences as an academic; Shama Rahman recalls recording icebergs in the Antarctic; Sarah Sayeed reflects on the contrasts between classical training and learning “on the job”; and Erika Fox narrates her extraordinary journey as a composer through half a century of social change.

Listen to The Sound and Music Podcast Summer School special here >>

Over one week in August 2018….75 young composers attended the 10th edition of the Sound and Music Summer School, hosted at the Purcell School on the outskirts of London. Having packed their bag, said goodbye to their families they travelled from across the UK, with the ambition
in just under one week to create a brand new piece of music and see it premiered.

With the help of a team of experienced, infinity knowledgeable and inspiring tutors and musicians, this is a week to immerse themselves in a world of composition and explore musical ideas away from the restriction of marking schemes and curriculums.

Whether it’s the jazz, vocal, cross-cultural, advanced instrumental writing or film group this is a Summer School like no other…

Listen to The Sound and Music Podcast Episode 5 here >>

Can an instrument be a sculpture, and vice-versa?

How can composers’ archives be a source of inspiration?

And when does an artistic practice become a ‘career’?

In this episode we listen in on two events from this year’s Composer-Curator scheme: the SONA collective’s ‘Unpeeled’ series in Sheffield, where Vicky Clarke performed loop-based manipulations through unique self-built instruments; and ‘Synth Remix’ in London, which drew on the rich legacies of female electronic music visionaries.

We talk with the participants about music, gender, technology and community, and hear excerpts from their live sets: from Vicky Clarke’s playful, beat-based work and Jo Thomas’ explosive textures, to the avant-song of Olivia Louvel.

Like what you hear? Find out more about Composer-Curator here, and apply to the 2019 programme.

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