Martin Parker (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

Abstract / Description of output

'scripts' is series of concert interventions designed to offer mild respite for players during programmes of extreme and physically taxing music. For example, in one of the scripts, a player is asked to stop playing and instead to draw patterns across their instrument with a microphone. In another script, a player takes a computer graphics tablet and draws shapes that modify live electronics processes. These processes are applied to sounds made by the rest of the ensemble.
By using microphones, computer interfaces, paper, music stands, chairs as well as saxophones, a new range of sounds are made accessible for imitation by the players. More importantly perhaps, the musical potential of all technologies involved in a concert is gently revealed. By inviting the players to treat electronic paraphernalia as part of their instrument, they gain a further set of extended performance techniques but by learning these pieces, I hope that computer-music processes are demystified and the distance between player and composition is significantly reduced.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • live electronics
  • extended techniques
  • player agency
  • liveness


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