micro-concerto for hybrid drum kit
c. 5 minutes
Workshop performance: June 2015
Lasso of Love was composed in May 2015 for a workshop performance by Norwegian percussionist Håkon Stene. It is the third piece from 'Of Love and Other Musings', an on-going cycle of amplified concertos.
micro concerto for electric cello
c. 6 minutes
Premiere performance: 11 June 2015
Cardiff University Concert Hall
Samuel Warner (electric cello), Martin Humphries (electronics)
For this commission I was given two pieces of information: the final gesture of the work, and the title Secateurs of Love. Usually when composing I begin with a stimulus from a different art form which leads me towards a title, however, in this instance I needed to work in reverse and derive stimulus from it.
I divided the word ‘secateurs’ into two parts which formed differing musical sections within the work: ‘sec’ (or secco, meaning dry) and ‘eur’ (which easily transformed into feurig meaning fiery). With a little research I found that the unused central letters (ATF) are commonly used in medical research as an abbreviation of the Anatomical Transfer Function – loosely speaking the way the ear responds to sound in different spaces.
Secateurs of Love is the second piece from ‘Of Love and Other Musings’, an on-going cycle of amplified concertos.
concerto for solo tuba
c. 1 minute
This work for solo tuba offers a duality of emotions: confusion and fear of impending danger. Whilst the work is not strictly programmatic, the title suggests the confusion one might feel when lost in an ornate garden hedge maze, as well as the fear of impending danger one might feel if there were also a tiger nearby.
Put A Tiger In Your Ornate Garden Hedge Maze was composed in 2014 for Kenyon Wilson as part of the Vox Novus initiative 'Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame'.
concerto for amplified French horn and sound technician
c. 14 minutes
Premiere: 1 May 2012
Cardiff University Chamber Concert Series 2011/12
Performed by the Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group
Horn: Jonathan Farey, Electronics Emyr Honeybun
I - The Chasm
II - Fixation and Waltz
III - Destroyer of Men