Listening Group

Informal listening group sessions take place for students and staff during term time.

While we might understand a key concept or technique that drives or defines a composition, it is not the same as sitting down and listening carefully and critically. These sessions are not lectures, there will be no analysis or ‘presentation’ about the music, just a space to listen to interesting recordings together.

In 2019–20, some of the sessions will follow a number of works on the undergraduate syllabus. These are pieces are named below prior to the listening group. The ‘Innocent Ear’ sessions will reveal the music at that session, allowing you to listen without preconception or preparation.

Upcoming listening groups

Semester 2, 2019–20

  • Listening Group #13: Joanna Bailie, Artificial Environments. Week 1, 31/01/2020; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #14: Bernhard Lang, Differenz/Wiederholung II (1999). Week 2*, 07/02; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #15: Alexander Schubert, Lucky Dip; Sarah Nemtsov, implicated amplification; Stefan Prins, Generation Kill. Week 3*, 14/02; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #16: Jennifer Walshe, Dordán (2013). Week 4*, 21/02; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #17: Chaya Czernowin, HIDDEN (2014). Week 5*, 28/02; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #18: ‘Innocent Ear’. Week 6*, 06/03; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #19: ‘Innocent Ear’. Week 7, 13/03; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #20: ‘Innocent Ear’. Week 8, 20/03; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #21: ‘Innocent Ear’. Week 9, 27/03; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #22: ‘Innocent Ear’. Easter, TBC
  • #23: Jürg Frey, Streichquartett II (1988); Catherine Lamb, Point/Wave (2015). Week 10, 25/05; 16:00–17:00, LT3
  • #24: ‘Innocent Ear’. Week 11, TBC

* Sessions align with music from Professor Martin Iddon’s undergraduate MUSS2220 lectures.

Past listening groups

  • #1, 18/03/19: Catherine Lamb, three bodies (moving) (2010), (Another Timbre, at54r)
  • #2, 29/04/19: Liza Lim, Atlas of the Sky (2018)
  • #3, 4/10/19: Cassandra Miller, ‘O Zomer!’ (2007); Duet for Cello and Orchestra (2015), (Another Timbre, at126)
  • #4: Lachenmann, Pression (1969). Lucas Fels doc (2015) 
  • #5: Ferneyhough, Time and Motion Study 2 (1973–76)
  • #6: Grisey, Périodes (1974); Lévinas, Concerto pour un piano espace no. 2 (1980)
  • #7: Tenney, Critical Band (1988); Oliveros, Earth Ears (1989)
  • #8: Clara Iannotta, Dead Wasps in the Jam-Jar, parts i, ii, iii (2014–18)
  • #9: Feldman, Coptic Light, (1986)
  • #10: Rihm, Musik für drei Streicher (1977)
  • #11: Gubaidulina, Offertorium (1980/82/86);  Nono, …sofferte onde serene… (1975–77)