All posts by Chloë J. Hobbs

MSA Conference in Sydney

Last week I attended the Musicological Society of Australia Conference in Sydney. What’s a composer like me doing at a musicology conference? Well, spreading the word about the EMS Toy Ensemble, that’s what! I learnt so much in such a short time; it was a great experience. I am very proud of the fact that I am probably the first person ever to ‘fart a whoopee cushion’ at a conference.

Feminine Endings

The ANU New Music Ensemble performing Alison Knowles', 'Proposition (October 1962)'.
The ANU New Music Ensemble performing Alison Knowles’, ‘Proposition (October 1962)’.

The ‘Feminine Endings’ concert, hosted by the ANU New Music Ensemble, was a huge success! It featured works from national and international women composers such as Alison Knowles (USA), Pauline Oliveros (USA), Cat Hope (AUS), Amanda Schoofs (USA) and Lauren Redhead (UK). I was lucky enough to make the programme alongside these fantastic women composers and have my piece, Modified Mobile, premiered on the night.

Click here to check out the video.

Feminine Endings: Celebrating Women Composers

The ANU New Music Ensemble, directed by Dr Alexander Hunter, have devoted the second semester to performing works by women composers, most of which are still alive! Join us this Thursday for an evening of experimental sounds and exploratory new music.

Thursday, September 3 (2015), 7pm.
Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.
Free Entry

Check out the event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1044150712275980/

Watch this space…

New Music lovers in Canberra are getting spoilt this month with numerous experimental music gigs on the horizon.

The “Out to Lunch” series is a weekly event hosted by the Ainslie Arts Centre and curated by our very own New Music Ensemble member Ellen Falconer, featuring a range of events that present new music and classical music less performed. The New Music Ensemble, the Toy Ensemble, and the Water Bucket Ensemble will be performing in the next few weeks as a part of this series. See details below:

  • August 11 (2015), 12.30pm – 1.30pm, at the Ainslie Arts Centre. The New Music Ensemble will be performing a range of experimental music (directed by Dr Alexander Hunter).

http://www.agac.com.au/event/out-to-lunch-feat-the-anu-new-music-ensemble/

  • August 18 (2015), 12.30pm – 1.30pm, at the Ainslie Arts Centre. The concert will feature works composed by myself and performed by The Toy Ensemble, as well as works composed by Millie Watson and performed by the Water Bucket Ensemble.

http://www.agac.com.au/event/out-to-lunch-feat-the-anu-toy-ensemble/

“Collected Resonance” is a new series of monthly events that feature new and experimental works by emerging and established artists. The second in the series is being held in the Big Band Room at the ANU School of Music, and it will feature a whole new line-up of new music artists. See details below:

  • August 26 (2015), from 8pm, at the ANU Big Band Room (SoM).

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Collected-Resonances/1637961393151827?fref=ts

Composer’s Concert

On May 28, 2015, the Experimental Music Studio’s New Music Ensemble premiered twelve brand new compositions by student composers at the biannual Composer’s Concert. Gen Kinoshita, Brendan Keller-Tuberg, Hayden Fritzlaff and Lewis Rosenberg (a part of the New Music Ensemble) premiered my piece, Mobile. 

Check out the recording from the night by clicking this link: Mobile video

Upcoming Event

Greetings new music lovers!

Students from the composition department, including myself, at the ANU School of Music have begun preparations for our biannual Composer’s Concert. On Thursday May 28 (2015), there will be a concert at 1pm and also an evening concert starting at 6.30pm. It’s shaping up to be an interesting and eclectic mix of new music!

Stay tuned for more updates about this concert (and maybe some sneak previews!)

The NOISE

The NOISE, April 2015. Photo by Peter Hislop.
The NOISE, April 2015. Photo by Peter Hislop.

The NOISE String Quartet, this year’s Ensemble in Residence at the ANU School of Music, are a string quartet with a difference. They are primarily an improvising ensemble whose sound includes electronics and a plethora of extended techniques. Their most recent ventures were the creation of their albums, “Composed Noise” – including seven new string quartets from seven composers, each of which contained an element of improvisation – and, “The Stream”, a set of improvisations. Last week, as a music student at ANU, I had the privilege of being able to attend several open rehearsals, workshops, and was generally able to pick the brains of these fantastic musicians. Their concert on Tuesday evening (March 31, 2015) was absolutely mind-blowing and consisted of improvised sets alongside new music and the world premiere of Alex Pozniak’s, “Force Fields”.

The NOISE workshopping pieces with ANU student composers, April 2015. Photo by Alexander Hunter
The NOISE workshopping pieces with ANU student composers, April 2015. Photo by Alexander Hunter

ANU student composers, including myself, composed works for the ensemble that were premiered at the Lunchbox Concert, Thursday April 2 (2015). It was an amazing experience being able to work with this ensemble!

Speakerbox

toys rehearse
The EMS Toy Ensemble rehearsing for Speakerbox. Image by Charles Martin.

“Scissors Paper Pen and hellosQuare were commissioned by Noted and You Are Here to connect local experimental musicians and writers to explore the intersections between words and sound. This is not just lyrics and scores, this is collaboration at the edges: reverberations, whistling words and new noise fusions”. (http://www.thestreet.org.au/?page=speakerbox)

speakerbox
The Toy Ensemble and J.M. Donellan performing at Speakerbox. Image by Alexander Hunter.

I was paired with writer, musician, slam poet, radio DJ and teacher J.M. Donellan. Donellan and the Toy Ensemble premiered two new works (The Artist’s Prayer and White Collar) on the weekend (March 22), a fusion of experimental sounds and poetry. Check out the fruits of our labour here.

You Are Here

The EMS New Music Ensemble participated in the “You Are Here” music festival held each year in Canberra. This year, featured ensembles included the EMS Toy Ensemble, iPad Ensemble, New Music Ensemble and the Faculty Ensemble. We were participating specifically in the “Ill-Advised Night Out” held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, March 21 – 22, 2015. It was a successful night out for experimental music! Check out some pictures of the action:

EMS performing for You Are Here, at CMAG.
EMS performing for You Are Here, at CMAG
EMS Faculty Ensemble performing at You Are Here, CMAG
EMS Faculty Ensemble performing at You Are Here, CMAG
EMS iPad Ensemble, performing at You Are Here festival, CMAG
EMS iPad Ensemble, performing at You Are Here festival, CMAG
Setting up the EMS Toy Ensemble and iPad Ensemble at the You Are Here festival.
Setting up the EMS Toy Ensemble and iPad Ensemble at the You Are Here festival.