Present (11): Sian Aggett, Danny Bright, Justin Grize, Barnaby Hollington, Nanette Hoogslag, Aysenur Karabulut, Micheál O’Connell, Tom Reid, Fernando Sobron, Joe Watson
Apologies (4): Cécile Chevalier, Catherine Grant, Daniel Hignell, Jacqueline Lightfoot, Paul McConnell
Presentations were by Barnaby Hollington and Aysenur Karabulut
Barnaby Hollington gave some background into preparations for compositions he will have performed later in the year as part of an initiative he was selected for with London Sinfonietta. Referring to aspects of the debate relating to atonal versus tonal music and quoting thinkers such as Richard Parncutt, Henry Brant and Leonard Meyer, Barnaby stated his own desire to embrace the latter’s statement that ‘to present the complex simply and the convoluted plainly is to meet the most formidable challenge, to demonstrate the highest skill and to achieve the greatest elegance’. In addition elements of Barnaby’s compositions – which are intended eventually to be performed by musicians distributed in two or more groupings in a concert hall – were played. Some discussion followed about the difficulty of engaging with audiences who possess different levels of ‘listening grammar’. The frequent question of whether and how artists should consider audiences emerged again and lastly the point was made that regardless of Barnaby’s aims, his own experience means surely that his output will be a challenge for general listeners. These points were debated with a suggestion that we address the general questions again in the future.
Aysenur Karabulut updated us on her work and plans using theatre and media technologies with children. She gave examples of situations where changes in scales, the use of props and story-telling tradition had been employed effectively, case studies which she is drawn to. The theories of how a sense of self may develop and the importance of such were touched upon, referring to pedagogical and psychology texts. High level and complex arguments around these matters and some of the discussion focused on the question of whether scientific paradigms were the most relevant for this kind of practice and research.