In April 2014 the Composers Association of New Zealand convened a two day conference for the presentation of papers covering a wide range of topics under the heading “Composing Now”.
Resound was filming at the conference and a selection of presentations is gathered together on this page. The papers provide a fascinating snapshot of musical thought in Aotearoa in 2014.
Dorothy Ker: Locating Space (keynote presentation)
John Coulter: Composing with Sound: An Analytical Approach
Eve de Castro-Robinson: Stocktake
Reuben Derrick: Between the referential and the abstract: soundscapes as musical systems
Chris Gendall: On Rhythmic Shape in Recent New Zealand Composition
Featuring rhythmic analysis of works by John Psathas, Chris Watson and Jeroen Speak
Blas González: New Directions in Post-Tonal Music
Featuring analysis of works by Alex Taylor, Jack Body, Jenny McLeod and Sudharsan Sivaramakrishnadas
Leonie Holmes: “I don’t do pulse”
Glenda Keam: What do we think we’re doing when we are composing?
Rachael Morgan: An analysis of Interiors for string quartet and the influence of Scelsi’s sonorist aesthetic
Michael Norris: ‘Set a silence to catch a silence’: Harmonic coherence and symmetry in Lilburn’s Nine Short Pieces for Piano
Celeste Oram: ‘Music, Mourning, and Monuments: the Ethics of Scoring Public Grief
Jason Post: A rift in the thing: traversing perceptual and theoretical sound objects in contemporary New Zealand composition
With analysis of works by Philip Brownlee and Samuel Holloway
Anthony Ritchie: The Large Canvas: the Symphony in Contemporary New Zealand Music
Alex Taylor: Watson’s Third Quartet and its Resonances for Contemporary Practice