The Horizontalist

Mary Hansen was a singer and guitarist in Stereolab until her untimely death in 2002. We became friends in the years before and I've discovered this lovely EP of hers that I played vibes on.

 

Glass Kites

This is almost 20 years old now! A gradual, evolving piece for vibraphone and MaxMSP. In this live recording the vibes are sampled in real time by the computer and played back in a number of synchronised ways. The clicking of the sticks at 7' is recorded and sped up to become a theramin-like instrument which was played by moving the hands near a distance sensor.

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Question Time at TL

 
 Question Time with the Trinity Laban Composition Dept. 'Dream Team'. From L to R: Stephen Montague, Deirdre Gribbin, Sam Hayden, Laura Jurd, Dominic Murcott, John Lely, Soosan Lolavar, John Ashton Thomas. Not present were Errollyn Wallen, Paul Newland, Nye Parry.

Question Time with the Trinity Laban Composition Dept. 'Dream Team'. From L to R: Stephen Montague, Deirdre Gribbin, Sam Hayden, Laura Jurd, Dominic Murcott, John Lely, Soosan Lolavar, John Ashton Thomas. Not present were Errollyn Wallen, Paul Newland, Nye Parry.

Micro world tour!

November
4th           Nancarrow player piano presentation, Daylight Music, Union Chapel London
14th         Harmonic Canon presentation, All Composers, Trinity Laban, London
19th         Harmonic Canon kids workshop, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
20th         Harmonic Canon premiere, HCMF
21st          Harmonic Canon adults worskshop, HCMF
23rd          Harmonic Canon performance, Exeter
26th          Harmonic Canon performance, The Asylum, London
29th am    Talk on Nancarrow’s music and percussion, UNAM Mexico City
29th pm    Talk  on Nancarrow’s influence on my music, UNAM Mexico City
30th          Public Lecture on Nancarrow’s Piece For Tape, Casa del Lago, Mexico City
December
1st          Concert of quickly invented pieces with Trimpin, Casa del Lago, Mexico City
2nd        Marathon of complete player piano works of Nancarrow, Casa del Lago, Mexico City
7th         Workshop on dancers needs for music training with Daniel Squire, dance and music staff
              of Dance Faculty, Trinity Laban, London 

 With UNAM percussion and composition students, Mexico City

With UNAM percussion and composition students, Mexico City

The Harmonic Canon - live shows November 2017

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After four years of development The Harmonic Canon will be on tour with percussion wizards the arx duo playing Dominic Murcott's immersive 42 minute piece written specially for them playing this amazing instrument plus an array of rare metal percussion. 

• 20th November - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

• 23rd November - Higher Eggbeer Farm, Nr Exeter
   £10 on the door

• 26th November - The Asylum Peckham
   £12 in advance or £15 on the door
   BUY TICKETS HERE

The Harmonic Canon

Visitors to Trinity Laban in Greenwich will no doubt have discovered an unusual musical object in the courtyard. This is The Harmonic Canon, an instrument and piece of public art created by Marcus Vergette which I am composing a piece for.  Below is a film showing the results of some initial research with the arx duo. More information can be found here.

Diggin' Blackheath 12th June

South East London’s coolest club is back!

12th June 7.30pm Blackheath Halls (with special pre-show walking event from 6pm)

Following the sellout success of Third Degree Burns, the Black Heather Club returns with Diggin’ Blackheath, an exploration of buried and hidden music plus Blackheath’s local history. We have an amazing lineup including Laura Moody, John Butcher, Bastard Assignments, Simon Fell, Kate Halsall and Myr and a special DJ set by Gabriel Prokofiev (NONCLASSICAL) as well as curation and interjection by club organisers Graham McKenzie (Huddersfield Festival), Joe Townsend and Dominic Murcott. The compere for the evening will be Radio 3’s Late Junction presenter Max Reinhardt.

Expect experimental music, folk tales and rare grooves with FREE hotdogs and Blackheath sauerkraut to ticket holders.

Still Life With Click Tracks

At the Whitney Museum of American Art. Preparing for a performance of Conlon Nancarrow's Study #36 arranged by Dominic Murcott for the 16 musicians of Alarm Will Sound.  27th June 2015. The digital conductors run at a 170,180,190 and 200 bpm and were created in Max, Final Cut and Logic.

Nancarrow in NY

I'm delighted to report that I am co-curating a Conlon Nancarrow Festival at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in June.  I've been working on some new arrangements for the event, with a solo marimba version of Study #5 to be premiered by Chris Froh, and a four-quartets-at-different-speeds-conducted-by-computers extravaganza to be played on multiple outdoor levels by the extraordinary Alarm Will Sound. Other guests include Saxsophonist Steve Coleman, Henry Kaiser, Lukas Ligeti and The Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation. More information about the event is available at the Whitney's website.

A MIDI representation of Nancarrow's Study #36. A canon in four parts with the tempo ratios of 17:18:19:20 (Image: Dominic Murcott)