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Listening as Compositional Practice
Workshop Isabel Mundry, George Lewis & Marco Blaauw

Intensive workshop with selection process (Call for Scores & Texts, Deadline: 15 December 2019)

Tutors: Isabel Mundry, George Lewis (Composition) & Marco Blaauw (Brass Studio)
Workshop dates: six days tba.
Workshop times: detailed schedule please see below
Possible number of active participants: 15 composers, 12-15 brass players
Open to listeners: Yes
Participants: Composers (selected from Call for Scores & Texts, registered for composition) & brass players (all participants of the brass studio)
Application deadline for composers: 15 December 2019


Critical interrogation of the sites of compositional imagination and performance have become crucial to the music of our time. Both questions are related to the phenomenon of listening. Georgina Born has observed that „forms of sociality specifically engendered by musical practices are bound up with how music is mediated by, and entangled in, wider social relations, institutions and conditions.“ Thus, on the one hand, music reacts to other music or acoustic experiences, while being entangled with cultural traces and conditions. Inevitably, a new piece also defines a new constellation of listening in a larger context of acoustical knowledge. On the other hand, music creates an unique situation of perception, situated in a specific place and present.

The workshop „Listening as Compositional Practice“ presents opportunities for theoretical engagement, experience, and compositional applications. Topics will include the politics of listening, improvisation, reflection, indexicality, interpretation, perception, space and place, and the role of the aural witness. Workshop participants will collaborate on the production of new works with the Brass Studio.

Detailed schedule

10.00–13.00 theoretical input (for composers)
14.00–15.00 introduction into the topic (for brass players)

10.00–13.00 theoretical input (for composers)
14.00–16.00 introduction into the techniques of the brass instruments (for brass players and composers)

14.00–17.00 practical experiences (for composers and brass players)

10.00–13.00 reflection on practical experiences (for composers)

14.00–17.00 rehearsals (for brass players and composers)

time tba final presentation and discussion (for brass players and composers)

Call for Scores & Texts

Required material: 1 or 2 PDF scores of existing pieces and a short note about the motivation why to participate in this workshop.

Applicants are requested to merge all documents into ONE SINGLE PDF file (LASTNAME_Firstname_Listening_2020.pdf) and e-mail it by 15 December 2019 to:

Please note that we cannot consider any remarks, links, or information outside the PDF!
If you have sound or video files, please upload them on a cloud and provide the link in the PDF, thank you!

All applicants will be notified before 22 January 2020 (start of the booking period). Composers accepted for the workshop will be given priority during registration and online booking for composition.

Important: Please take note of our data protection policy and the conditions for participation for the Darmstadt Summer Course before submitting your application.

If you have questions, please e-mail!

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