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Piano rolls and black MIDI

In August 2018 I visited Amsterdam on holiday; it was a wonderful trip, full of the usual touristy activities. On the final day we visited the Pianola Museum; slightly out-of-the-way, cheaper than every other attraction, and almost entirely devoid of visitors when we arrived, it turned out to be the highlight of the trip.

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OCA music team announcement

I am sorry to announce that Douglas Seville, passed away recently after a brief illness. Douglas joined the OCA as a music tutor in 1997.

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The Trumpet Fists of Saint Nicholas – Part 2

In essence, The Trumpet Fists of Saint Nicholas depicts festivals, rituals, piety, mockery and violence via a chronological exploration of the Christmas season.

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Ensemble in focus – Northern Contemporary Collective

This is the third in a series of blogs where I introduce OCA composers (or, indeed, anybody else who might be interested) to UK-based ensembles, particularly those that are new, exciting, and focus on performing recently composed music.

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The Trumpet Fists of Saint Nicholas – Part 1

Recently I have become interested in composing works that present multiple superimposed narratives; music that is about more than just one thing. That is, by combining and juxtaposing stories I can create pieces that operate in structurally unusual ways.

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Review: New Music Collective

The New Music Collective met at Iklectik in London on 17 March, for a study day based on collaboration. A month before the event, the students were asked to work in pairs to produce new work to be presented on the day. Each student had to take part in the project both as a performer and composer, but they were able to choose how whether to write together or separately.

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Composition bursaries available

OCASA has generously agreed to fund a small number of bursaries to enable OCA students to attend this year’s rarescale Summer School at Harlaxton Manor.
The course is an intensive week of creative music making, composition and collaboration, under the guidance of composer Michael Oliva (professor of composition at the Royal College of Music in London) and Carla Rees, OCA’s music programme leader.

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What is your tutor up to: Chapter 12: Carla Rees

OCA’s Programme Leader for Music – Carla Rees has been busy…

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Musical Collaboration: The Next meeting of the OCA’s New Music Collective

The New Music Collective will meet again on 17 March 2018 at Iklectik Art Lab, in London. Following on from our work on group composition, individual performance and improvisation, the theme of this meeting is collaboration

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Introducing Dorico – the Future of Music Notation Software?

OCA music students are required to submit digital versions of their scores for assessment, and a proportion of the marks are given for the quality of typesetting and presentation of notation. It is important that the assessors are experienced in the choice of software used, allowing them to judge the student’s original work and to recognise how much of the presentation is automatically generated within the program.

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