I am doing a practical based PhD in Composition at the University of Edinburgh.
My PhD theme is 'using body as an instrument'. Body could literally mean a human body, a body of acoustic/electronic instrument, and the idea could also be extended to a 'body' of a space which we perform our music.
I'm also interested in how the treatments of acoustic/electronic instrument as a human body could be translated into performance and compositional elements. I have experimented with how different touches of playing piano with different parts of body, for example, could create a various kinds of sound palette. Using motion-tracking sensors, I am also working on a project with a friend of mine to explore how the human movements (this time focusing on itchiness of body) and sounds could be related to/not related....
So, the things I'd be interested in doing in the workshop are;
1) Creating and playing a short collaborative composition/semi-improvisation *that involves notation* for both acoustic and electronic instruments.
2) Incorporating some performance elements, such as movements of playing acoustic/electronic instruments and space of performance, into compositional/semi-improvisational elements.
I play the piano (mainly inside and under the piano), making all sorts of noise with a mouth, and making primarily air sounds with flute..... There is also a massive piano sound-board with strings attached available at the music department here but it could be a little tricky to transport that to our performance venue.....
And here is link for a little taster of my music, which most people find unsettling...(and which I sympathise with!!!).
Looking forward to the workshop and please post any comments, ideas, questions etc etc....