RMA Annual Conference 2020: ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ features ‘Brutal’ for Bass Clarinet

On Thursday 10 September, as part of the Royal Music Association 56th Annual Conference at Goldsmiths University, researcher and composer Scott McLaughlin presents key insights from the AHRC-funded project ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’ which develops compositional strategies for working with the indeterminacies of clarinets.

The workshop features and discusses ‘Multiphonic Miniatures’ composed for acclaimed clarinettist Heather Roche, including a miniature from myself titled ‘Brutal’ (2020).

Scott and Heather proposed a call for these miniatures to explore new notation systems and multiphonic composition that drew on indeterminacy. ‘Brutal’ presents the performer (Heather) a graphic score prompting movement and spacing of fundamentals and partials based on an architectural drawing of the Barbican Centre in London.

The workshop, along with the rest of the conference, are held online by video and are free to attend for all.


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