Contrasts in Space // video: Sebastian Schmidt

Contrasts in Space

October 7, 2011

So – very busy at the moment with a number of big projects that I’ll be telling you about in the next few weeks, hopefully. But this week I’ve been working on a short instrumental + tape piece to accompany…

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CONTACT dance-floor up and running!

September 8, 2011

What an exhausting but wonderful week of hard work.  We started on Monday morning, when I got off the plane from Berlin and went straight to Kings Place to start constructing the touch-sensitive dancefloor that I designed specially for the…

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…dark and violent, and so so gay.

August 26, 2011

Last week’s performance of Fuck Forever was reviewed by www.sosogay.com. “There were some really great little works in among the chaff….. Philip Venables’ Fuck Forever managed to tease out a dark and violent portrait of sexual desire.” Definitely a line I will…

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Building the Junk Band

August 4, 2011

Here’s a video from a while ago that I hadn’t posted on this site.  Its Serge Vuille and I building the Junk Band in Kings Place for the Kings Place Festival 2010.  It took us good 5 hours to install…

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numbers 91-95 finished

July 31, 2011

I’m glad to say that I’ve just finished my latest piece, numbers 91-95 for the Berlin-based Ensemble Adapter.  The piece is a setting (of sorts) of the poem by the same name by the British poet Simon Howard, whose work…

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Blue Touch Paper with London Sinfonietta

June 30, 2011

I’m delighted: I’ve been picked to take part in the first stage of the London Sinfonietta’s new Blue Touch Paper scheme.  The chosen composers, artists, poets, writers, filmmakers, scientists, etc, will all attend a collaborators’ day on Friday 8th July…

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BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Klaviertrio im Geiste

June 22, 2011

I’m still buzzing after the BBC Radio 3 interview and broadcast with the Phoenix Piano Trio on In Tune with Sean Rafferty. They talked about and played a movement from my new piece for them, Klaviertrio im Geiste. They played…

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New scores arrived!

June 21, 2011

I just received the newly-designed scores from Musicsales, and I’m delighted with them!  You can get them on musicroom.com.  (Annoyingly they haven’t uploaded thumbnails of the covers yet, though.)   There are 12 new scores now (I think) – here’s a…

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Radio 3 In Tune – Listen again.

June 13, 2011

Phoenix Piano Trio were on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty on Friday afternoon, performing one of the movements, the Scherzo, from my new piano trio.  It was wonderful!  I’m delighted – they played it superbly.  I was…

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BBC Radio 3, In Tune, with Phoenix Piano Trio

June 7, 2011

Wonderful news: one of the movements (the Scherzo) from my new piano trio, Klaviertrio im Geiste, will be performed live on BBC Radio 3 on Friday afternoon, 10th June, from about 4.45pm.  It’ll be performed by the Phoenix Piano Trio as part…

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‘FLIPP’ premiere. Unerhörte Musik, Berlin.

June 6, 2011

  Well – a few weeks ago I went along to the premiere at Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, of my new short saxophone duo, Flipp, which I wrote for Christoph Enzel and Adrian Tully.  I have to say that the…

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FIGHT MUSIC: music, violence, spoken word

June 6, 2011

FINALLY…. after a lot of cogitating, I have reached a draft of a research proposal that I am happy with.  This morning I sent it off for my application for a place and funding for a Ph.D. The proposal is…

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Blood on the floor…

April 23, 2011

So this week I had a lot of fun shooting photos for two flyers for concerts on 9th May (DREAMS, Out Hear, Kings Place) and 10th & 11th September (CONTACT, Kings Place Festival).  I was in Chester the last weekend…

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DREAMS. 9th May, Kings Place

April 18, 2011

My latest curatorial project at Kings Place is DREAMS.  Dreams of faith, dreams of pleasure, dreams of fear. May 9th, 8pm at Kings Place, as part of their Out Hear series. The performance is in three parts: Juliet Fraser sings…

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Shortlisted for the Presteigne Festival competition

April 16, 2011

I recently found out that one of my solo piano pieces has been shortlisted for the Presteigne Festival Composers’ Competition 2011. I wrote two more piano studies, based on material I used for Klaviertrio im Geiste, and submitted them in February. Alissa Firsova is going to workshop and record the pieces next Tuesday at Birmingham Conservatoire, and then they’ll announce the winner. Fingers crossed.

Once the competition is over I’ll add these Two Studies to my growing collection of piano studies. These two are another study in tremolo, and one in the use of pedals. They’re little ‘crystallisations’ of classical sonata movements (in this case, a scherzo and a rondo)… but without the fluff (particularly in the case of the rondo, which is very sparse). I’ll post up a recording soon and perusal score soon.

Junk Band

April 2, 2011

JUNK BAND! is a new band / installation that was devised for the Kings Place Festival 2010.    It is curated and composed for by Philip Venables, and directed by Serge Vuille. Check out the video to see us building the junk installation…

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