Professor Stephen Davismoon

Professor Stephen Davismoon

Position – Head of Performing Arts; Chair of Contemporary Composition

Teaching – (UG, MA and PhD) Composition, Modern and Postmodern Theory, Dissertation/Thesis, Creative Digital Technology (interactive and immersive).

Education and Training – PhD Music Composition, University of Edinburgh 1997; BA (Hons) Music, University of Southampton 1990.

Research & Professional Practice

Main focus of my research is as a composer.  I have written for a wide variety of voices, instruments and media, from solo, orchestral through to electroacoustic/sound installation works.  I have had performances throughout Europe and the Americas.

In addition to my work as a composer I also write regularly on contemporary music history and practice.  His scholarly work on Luigi Nono and Edgard Varèse for Routledge were well-received.

Recent work includes:

Compositions:

God’s Own Caught in No Man’s Land commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme 1st July 2016; broadcast BBC Radio 3 Remembrance Sunday 2016.

Driven Voids for voice, harp, violin and live electronics setting texts by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Steven Holl and Johnny Rodger on the importance of time and place in architecture; commissioned by Glasgow School of Art to sonify the new Reid Building designed by Holl in September 2015.

Thrones – an audience interactive sound-art work, premiered at the Intetain Conference at Columbia College Chicago, USA July 2014

Well Yeah – a fixed-medium sound-art work premiered simultaneously by way of a LOLA streaming systems at MCUK Salford and Columbia College Chicago February 2014

Stations of the Clyde – a sound installation to accompany an exhibition re-visiting Douglas Gordon’s work, in collaboration with the Glasgow School of Art, The Drouth and the New Glasgow Society Gallery – April and May 2013.

Deeper than all roses a work for symphony orchestra, chorus, 4 vocal soloists and ‘rock group’ soloists, commissioned by Ohio Northern University and premiered there April 2013.

Timeless Shades of Green commissioned by SCAW for bass clarinet and piano, released on their most recent CD on Cuillin Sound April 2013.  Subsequently performed on numerous occasions internationally.

So Long commissioned for the Barbirolli Quartet, premiered by them in March 2012.

Magnolia Spring Unfurls – baritone saxophone and live electronics for the Italian saxophonist Marco Visconti-Prasca who commissioned the work.  Premiered in Modena in 2011.

Ice – a soundart work which received several Italian performances with Tempo Reale with their touring festival in 2011: Modena, Florence and Sicily.

Resonant Shoreline – solo piano and live electronics for the Brazilian/Canadian pianist Luciane Cardassi.  Supported by Creative Scotland; The Banff Centre Canada; The University of Salford.  It received several performances in Canada and the UK in 2011.

Articles:

Hybridity of Practice and Aesthetics Between Electronic Dance and Electroacoustic Musics ­a collection of edited papers for Contemporary Music Review published by Routledge 2016.

Music and Technologies (Edited with Professor Darius Kucinskas, Kaunas Techical University, Lithuania – 2012, Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Guest Lectures/Conferences

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA (March 2016) On Authenticity in Composition

Glasgow School of Art (September 2015) Spectral Aura of the Beaubourg. At Glasgow School of Art’s Leverhulme International Network of Contemporary Studies Symposium.

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania USA (March 2015) Music, Interactivity and Authorship.

Columbia College Chicago, USA Immersive, Interactive, Real and Imagined Sonic Environments – keynote and curated international audio and music session for the Intetain Conference July 2014.

PRISMA at IRCAM.  On algorithmic compositional approach in Resonant Shoreline July 2011    

Editorial/Panel Positions

Editorial Board of Contemporary Music Review (Routledge, 1998 – present)
Editorial Board of The Drouth (2001 – present)
Reading Panel member for 15th Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music November 2015 Campinas, Brazil
Special Session Curator for INTETAIN Conference Columbia College Chicago July 2014
Reviewer for the Journal of the Royal Musical Association June 2010.  

Examinerships

I have served as an external examiner and course consultant at undergraduate, MA and PhD levels at the following institutions: University of Surrey, Columbia College Chicago, University of Plymouth, University of York, University of Edinburgh, Strathclyde University, Queen’s University Belfast and Liverpool Hope University.

Awards, Residencies and Scholarships

  • July 2014 Residency at Columbia College Chicago
  • Jan. 2011 Composition residency at Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff Canada.
  • Jan. 2004 – July 2010 Composition Residencies at Centro Tempo Reale studios Florence, Italy

Upcoming Projects:

November 2016 ‘Kelman at 70’ at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow in collaboration with The Drouth, Glasgow School of Art and Creative Scotland. I will perform with the actor Gordon Munro, electronic soundscaped readings of several of James Kelman’s short stories.

 March 2017 The Sea King’s Daughter an interactive music theatre work – commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – utilising interactive technologies allowing SENs students at Chatsworth High (Salford) to perform alongside the musicians of the Philharmonic.

 March 2017 An Interactive Sound Garden ‘Sounding the North Tower’ for The FED Dementia Residence, Salford with funding from Arts Council England. 

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