I’m very much looking forward to attending the 2017 Ludomusicology (video game music studies) conference at Bath Spa University next week. I’ll be presenting a paper on my piece ‘Construction in Metal’, which I’ll then be performing with my colleague Máté Szigeti as part of a joint concert with OUT-TAKE Ensemble and composers from Bath Spa. In addition to ‘Construction’, we’ll be performing works by my OUT-TAKE colleague Harry Matthews, James Saunders, Louis D’Heudieres and Oogoo Maia, and Blake Troise (aka PROTODOME) will perform a compilation of chiptune compositions for the NES. I’m also looking forward to hearing a new piece by my PhD supervisor Benjamin Oliver and many stimulating papers over the course of the three days of the conference.
At the end of March, I travelled to the USA for the first time, to take part in the Electric Guitar in Popular Culture conference at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. I presented my paper on Tristan Murail’s Vampyr!, gaining valuable feedback as I prepare it for publication, and heard many fascinating papers.
I wrote a post about my experiences for the Southampton University music department blog (I am grateful to the Faculty of Humanities and AHRC for helping fund my travel expenses):