Composing for loudspeakers: some personal perspectives, approaches, and reflections
The subject of this presentation will be composing music for loudspeakers, with a particular focus on my own acousmatic compositional practice. With this in mind, I will take a brief historical view of electroacoustic music practices to contextualize current approaches and theories more fully and situate my own work and research. With these perspectives in mind, I will then explore my compositional strategies regarding some recent works, examining issues such as the choice of source material, my thinking around sound organization, recurrence, and the relation of technology to my practice as a composer. Finally, I will also address notions of space and spatiality within my work, illuminating some key issues of spatial thinking and how this plays out in concert performance.
After completing a BMus in Music (1996) at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Ambrose Seddon composed, produced, and performed electronic music, released through several independent record labels. During this period, sonic experimentations with field recording, hardware processing, and computer audio led him to discover the extensive possibilities of electroacoustic music. Since 2002 he has focused primarily on electroacoustic music composition. However, he also creates interactive multichannel sound installations, collaborates on immersive audiovisual projects, and performs improvised live electronic music. Ambrose is currently Principal Academic in Music & Audio Technology at Bournemouth University, UK. His work is available on the Canadian label Empreintes DIGITALes and the German label Gruenrekorder.