Tomorrow’s Music in Practice Today: book launch

During CREATIE’s festival ‘Experiments are More Refreshing than New Socks’ I will present my very first book, called ‘Tomorrow’s Music in Practice Today: a practical guide towards deciphering contemporary music’. This book is the result of my 2-year research project at RCA, where I documented the specific problems students have while discovering new music.

I hope to welcome you to this official book launch, the closing session of CREATIE’s first, exciting festival. After the presentation, we can have a drink together in the Witte Foyer, where my book will be for sale for the first time (how exciting is that!!?)

Abstract:

“This handbook will be your guidance in deciphering and discovering contemporary scores. The complex and new way of notating music can be overwhelming at first, but with my tips and tricks you will develop new skills quickly, and improve as an independent contemporary performer.

This book, which covers separate musical parameters as well as general aesthetic guidelines, is intended to help music students in practicing contemporary music and in discovering new techniques, styles, and performing options.
The many graphic examples by young, successful composers of today help illustrating the most challenging subjects and complex notation.

CHAPTER 1: RHYTHM
This chapter includes polyrhythms, irrational meters, calculating tempo changes, complex examples, and tips for preparing scores.

CHAPTER 2: COLOR ANALYSIS
Here I explain the color code method I have developed throughout the years.

CHAPTER 3: EXTENDED MUSIC
From microtones, over Just Intonation, to extended techniques and graphic scores: this chapter lists all the extras in contemporary notation.

CHAPTER 4: BASIC ELECTRONICS
What are the basic electronic skills and equipment a performer should have?

CHAPTER 5: CIPP
A chapter about aesthetics, background checks, influences, and collaborations.

CHAPTER 6: HOW TO PRACTICE?
Are you a ‘knitter’ or a ‘sculptor’? Find out in this chapter! ”

Publisher: Politeia, Academic and Scientific Publishers
Graphic Design: An Dierckens
Editor: Dr. Nigel McBride

A warm thank you to Art&Research AntwerpKoninklijk Conservatorium AntwerpenTine MarguillierJulie De SmedtKevin Voets and Frank Agsteribbe.

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