Selected writings & articles

The majority of my written output can be found on 5:4, the new music blog i have been writing since 2008.

"Learning to Lose Control: Composition, Computation and Collaboration with CloudCube ", paper presented at 2nd Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity conference, September 2017, The Open University

"Ingenuity and Inadequacy", Sounds Like Now, Issue 3, July 2017

"The film music of John Williams: the makings of an aesthetic", Bachtrack, 17 May 2017

"Cloud Triptych: an exploration of stochastic movement between discrete musical behaviours", thesis accompanying Ph.D. composition portfolio, November 2016 (revised March 2017)

"Michael Finnissy at 70: a Metier retrospective" - Part 1 (Vocal music), Part 2 (Chamber music), Part 3 (Piano music), 5:4, August 2016/December 2016/March 2017

"Beguiling/bemusing, pretentious/profound: the continuing challenge of Wandelweiser", 5:4, 9 February 2017

"Towards an embodiment of compositional practice: the ongoing evolution of CloudCube", paper presented at 1st Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity conference, June 2016, Huddersfield Unviersity

"Pop Wall Alphabet - an introduction", Pop Wall Alphabet, Marko Ciciliani (private publication, 2015); also published in Seiltanz, Issue 12, April 2016

"Paradoxes everywhere", liner notes for Compressions & Rarefactions, Kenneth Kirschner (12K, 2015)

"Change, chance, character - the use and development of probabilistic 'singularities'", paper presented at Music and/as Process Conference, May/June 2014, Canterbury Christ Church University

"Determined/Indeterminate: An Exploration of the Music of Kenneth Kirschner" and "Conversation: Simon Cummings and Kenneth Kirschner", Imperfect Forms: The Music of Kenneth Kirschner, ed. Tobias Fischer (Tokafi, 2014)

"Giving voice to the indescribable: Aaron Cassidy - The Crutch of Memory", 5:4, 28 May 2012

"Tokaido Road", Opera, Vol. 65 No. 9, September 2011

"A reflection of dreams: the music of Unsuk Chin", La Tempestad, Vol. 13 No. 78, May–June 2011

"Kraftwerk: a remastered retrospective", 5:4, 8 November 2009