Wanderscapes – Royal Court Theatre – Wigan Old Courts

Installation piece for the Wanderscapes Project by the Old Courts, Wigan.

This piece was written as part of the Wanderscapes: Social Resonances sound and music audio walk commissioned by The Old Courts Wigan, released July 2021. The piece contains a mix of samples including cinema projectors, audiences, orchestral instruments and on site construction sounds at the Royal Court alongside original music to represent the history and the development of the building, which is currently in restoration. These sounds slowly develop and change as the piece travels through each point in time to create a structure which slowly unravels and constantly shifts, like the theatre has in the way it’s been repurposed and rebuilt.

Contractions by Mike Bartlett – Whatstick Theatre Productions

Original Music for Whatstick Theatre’s production of Contractions written by Mike Bartlett. For this production, the music uses a mix of repetitive, minimalist motifs on percussive strings to create movement. The music is semi inspired by baroque dances, as well as textures and drones inspired by the breath and body, transitioning from rigid, rhythmic music to freer, breathy textures as the play develops. Above is the main theme which is played at the beginning and end of the play.

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Record Player Scores

This is one of the sections of an improvisation workshop I ran during my time at Goldsmiths. I asked members of the local community and friends with different levels of knowledge around musical score making to create a new graphic score using different materials, which were to be placed onto a spinning piece of card on a record player. This was to help aid with the creation of these scores as a stimulus and starting point to consider, as a lot of the participants had never done this before. Some examples are included below. These scores were then taken to musicians with different levels of experience in improvisation and graphic score notation to interpret and record.

Touch Based Scoring & Improvisation

This is one of the sections of an improvisation workshop I ran during my time at Goldsmiths. It features participants with a range of musical backgrounds, from pop musicians, classically trained musicians and those with no musical experience. They were asked to improvise together using wearable ‘scores’, using a device which sent impulses of different strengths and speeds to the wearer (image below). We used these as a guide for different musical elements including chord changes, textures and dynamics.

I Reach Out Into Darkness


I Reach Out Into Darkness is a postcard piece for any pitched solo instrument written for the Illuminate Women’s Music season 1 2020 Online concert. This piece aims to shift our focus in music making from using
our instruments as a tool for specific sound making within a composition and towards the relationship between our bodies, instruments and
what sounds occur when we pay attention to what and how we feel. I wanted to accomplish a piece which features a more fixed opening, with
set pitches for all to follow. However, as the piece develops it becomes more personal and changes depending on the instrument and person
performing and how they choose to explore touch and what it means to them as a performer.

Link to the full concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKbldN_MMRE

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I Reach Out Into Darkness – Performed by Naomi Sullivan (baritone saxophone and looper)

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