Newsletter #9 - October 2015
Again, it's been a while between newsletters. It's also been a busy time: teaching, composing, and occasionally PhDing. It's also a particularly busy weekend here in Australia, most of which I am not involved in. However, I will be at the New Music Network's event at the Melbourne Conservatorium tomorrow (Saturday the 3rd of October). It appears that there are still tickets, so if you're interested, then rad. Here's the link - http://newmusicnetwork.com.au/series.html
I recently had the great pleasure of seeing a discussion between composer Aaron Cassidy and guitarist/artistic director of Elision Ensemble, Daryl Buckley, at RMIT here in Melbourne. It was a great pleasure to hear Aaron talk about his notions of non-grid rhythms, and his current work. This notion of non-grid rhythm in music is really interesting to me; the solution at present seems to be graphic scoring of sorts. But we'll see how that pans out.
Also I wrote about a workshop I was thinking of hosting. Apologies to anybody interested in attending, but it wasn't going to go ahead and then it did at short notice.
I have a few concerts coming up, some announcements regarding the annual Tilde festival, and other things. So read on!
All of this is available in condensed form on my website under events. http://www.vgiles.net
There are a few performances and other things coming up over the next few months. The things that are close at hand are this afternoon and tomorrow (2nd and 3rd of October, 2015) in Seoul, Korea, at the Korean Electroacoustic Music Society Annual Conference.
Alice Bennett will be giving a paper (that I co-authored) and performance using the SDMAS system that I have been developing over the last couple of years as part of my PhD research. It's now quite functional, which is good, but more on that later.
I will also be presenting via Skype a paper co-authored with Roger Alsop, on algorithmic/generative data-based composition.
October 7th: Dead Dirt, Duo Bennett/Giles
As part of a discussion on soil and gallery opening at Carlton Connect, Alice and I will be doing a performance of a new structured improvisation piece that I'm going to write over this weekend.
October 13th: Solo Electronics, Hatch Contemporary Art Space
I will be performing at the opening of this exhibition/award ceremony at the Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Ivanhoe.
Some details here: http://www.banyule.vic.gov.au/Arts-and-Events/The-2015-Banyule-Award-Works-on-Paper
That's the immediate future, as I know it. More in coming months!
Website Updates/Software Stuff
Over the last little while I have been updating my website to have a better menu system, and to make things like software/patches for pieces (such as the Duet for Flute and Computer) more easily accessible. As part of this I have been publishing things to GitHub, and now have links to that from the website.
GitHub is a software versioning repository thingy. Which is good. It means people can download, but also contribute/vary the projects. So that's fun.
Most importantly, the SDMAS is there, ready to be attacked and improved by other people!
Work is progressing in the Tilde domain and has been for quite a while now. We have a really big announcement coming very soon, just finalising a few minor details, which we think is a gigantic step forward for our humble little festival. So stay tuned for that, and also follow the Tilde Facebook and Twitter for updates.
In the mean time though, we have three open calls for Tilde:
Expressions of Interest for Performances
Expressions of Interest for Collaboration
Call for Fixed Media
Pass it on/around! But please read the details/fine print.
That's about it for me for this time. As always, feel free to get in contact via social media (http://www.twitter.com/VincentGiles || http://www.facebook.com/VincentGilesMusician), or email if you like.