In our Composer Spaces series, we ask composers to share a bit about their working environment and to give us a brief insight into their process. This week we present SOUNZ Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha finalist Chris Gendall.
I don’t have typical composing days. Even in times when I’m having to write for 10 hours a day, it’s incredibly irregular: late nights, early mornings, long sessions, short sessions, all of the above. This might be a personality trait, or possibly just necessity-driven – having to balance creative pursuits with other commitments!
I also don’t have a dedicated space. At times, I’ll work in cafes (while tending to my caffeine addiction). I find it easier to concentrate around distraction, and noise is preferable to silence. In times when real estate prices and conditions don’t always make for ideal situations, I’m glad that I’ve trained myself to embrace flexibility.
In order to be as portable as possible, I work with pencil and paper and use a tuning fork for pitch reference. (I eventually engrave my scores – my handwriting isn’t the neatest.)
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