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Symmetry in Music

Listen to Dr. Bushra El-Turk and Dr. Joel Bell speak about symmetry in music on BBC Radio 4 here.

The Artist as a Startup

By Chris Howard The Problem Being an artist is a lonely adventure sometimes. And whilst the ability for an artist to talk with another artist artistically is second nature to many, even the simplest of non-arty tasks can bamboozle the most creative of humans. It wasn’t always this way. Before the recorded music industry became…

Boundary Points

Boundary Points Early in my research into composing for improvisers I came up against how to negotiate the boundary between written and improvised materials. If your music contains the two then at some point there’ll be a movement from one to the other.  What bothered me was clunky transitions, the worst of which is simply…

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