the octopus (research portfolio)

Redhead, L. 2022. the octopus (research portfolio). pan y rosas discos, BBC. [Other]

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the octopus is a digital opera that presents a nonlinear narrative through a continuous 50 minute piece that combines improvised music, poetry, text and speech and draws on a series of notated and graphic preparatory materials. In 2020, this project also became a study in remote composition and studio improvisation owing to the pandemic restrictions that were in place at that time, but also extending aspects of these practices that were already previously present in my compositional work. This portfolio documents the collaborative compositional approaches that led to improvisation in the studio with my own materials and those of my collaborators. In addition, it reveals the way that extractable works used as preparatory materials for a large scale musical composition have been used to enable this new way of working. It documents how the work and its approaches can be disseminated beyond and in addition to the final piece through the performance histories of these parts, and through the creation of related materials that make the process of the piece’s creation accessible in an online environment. Through this project, I have extended my iterative practices of working with source materials, documented in this portfolio through the mapping of original and compositional sources to the structure of the final digital composition. Through these methods, this project has allowed me to re-conceive how ‘improvisation’ can be understood in a contemporary electronic context through my collaborations with improvising musicians and the development of further solo improvisatory processes in a studio context. This allowed me to work with the materials created at a time when these processes could not be realised ‘live’.

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This is a research portfolio that draws together materials from a practice research project.

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07 Jan 2022 11:55

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25 Apr 2023 10:46


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