Construction in Metal

On 2 November, Mark Knoop and I premiered my piece Construction in Metal (I’m rather proud of the John Cage pun in the title!) in Plus Minus Ensemble’s concert at the Turner Sims, Southampton. The piece is scored for electric guitar and a Guitar Hero Xbox controller triggering samples from various classic rock tracks via a computer set up. The piece also involves various choreography based on stereotypical ‘air guitar’ moves. This was quite a departure and a challenge for me as both a composer and a performer, as I have not previously incorporated visual elements into my work, but it was also a lot of fun! Mark’s expertise in performing this kind of repertoire, and in developing the computer set up for the controller was invaluable and much appreciated.