dissemination of the effect of activity of a single nerve cell through multiple synaptic connections

medical definition, Merriam Webster dictionary

Every mind is different, and the more it is unfolded, the more pronounced is that difference

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Introduction To Issue 4

Featured Articles

The Politics of Resonance

by Pia Palme
‘GIB SIE WIEDER’ is a series of two political compositions, dedicated to exceptional performers Garth Knox (viola d’amore) and Rhodri Davies (harp). In this project, the central focus is on resonance in both a musical and wider socio-cultural sense. Finding the term closely correlated to the construction of gender, I direct my inner ear to the hidden background noises of the organisation of society. As a woman and composer, I perceive aural patterns of individual and political significance. In this work my aim is to to deconstruct engrained structures of resonance and assumptions of gender, and redefine them from a personal perspective as the basis for a new compositional identity. In this article, I identify my political perspective as an artist, and describe how this affects and stimulates my creative process. I discuss the compositional approach taken in the two compositions making up ‘GIB SIE WIEDER’ and their public performances in 2014.

Patterns in Radical Spectra

by Mark Fell

This paper contextualises my creative practice produced over the past 20 years and discuss how some of the themes arising from this work relate to some of my contemporaries and wider musical and cultural thinking. These works have little or no percussive content yet are still loosely defined as, or considered to be, ‘post-techno’ (I discuss this term below). Here I describe these works, consider my relationships to them, and reflect upon my responses to those works – leading to the installation.

Reinventing Harmony in Splintered Echoes (2014)

by Paulina Sundin
This paper discusses the new harmonic possibilities enabled through the implementation of Sethares’ theory of the dissonance curve in MAX and its use in a live electronic composition Splintered Echoes with Monty Adkins (composer), Jonny Axelsson (composer and percussionist) and Adrian Gierakowski (programmer).

Editorial Board

Monty Adkins
Aaron Cassidy
Björn Heile
Neil Heyde
Cathy Lane
Liza Lim
Michael Pisaro
Philip Thomas




  Centre for Research in New Music
  University of Huddersfield
  HD1 3DH
  United Kingdom

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