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Professor Neal J Farwell

BA (Cantab.), MMus, PhD, MA (Cantab)

  • BS8 1SA

20032020

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Research interests

Neal Farwell composes music for instruments and voices, for the “acousmatic” fixed medium, and for the meeting points of human players and live electronics. His work is commissioned by notable performers and performed internationally. Current projects include a co-commission by Trio Sonore and the Brigstow Institute of the University of Bristol, Gravity's Horizon for flute, cello, piano and live electronics; a two-part work for choir and for ensemble, which meet through electronic intervention; and a large-scale work for multi-channel fixed media. Recent key works include Solaire (2016) for Ensemble Variances, Paris; Rain From Other Seasons (2014), for Trio Aporia (baroque trio and electronics); Photographs of Water (2013), a composition for multi-channel fixed media; and Songs and Shards (2012) for piano and electronics. Neal's research is particularly concerned with discovering a compositional practice to meld the sonic richness of electroacoustic music with the multiple resonances of our older musical heritage, and he explores these questions both through the creative language and through innovating means of technological support. As director of the Bristol University Loudspeaker Orchestra, Neal curates the concert series Sonic Voyages, an international forum for performance of electroacoustic music.

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Projects

  • Bone Conducting Lollipop: An exploration of flavour, sound and experience

    Shaw-Miller , S., Hall, A. J., Shirazi, S., Farwell, N. J., Roudaut, A., Senior, T., Brown, A. & Saxton, L.

    1/02/1731/07/17

    Project: Research

    Research Output

    Gravity's Horizon: (complete work)

    Farwell, N. J., 7 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press)

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

  • Humans and Machines: Playing Together Dangerously

    Farwell, N., 12 Sep 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Paper

  • Layers of collaboration between composer, performers, and electronics in Gravity’s Horizon

    Farwell, N., 23 Mar 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Paper

  • Supervised Work

    Aspects of Traditional Japanese Aesthetics and their Influence in Contemporary Compositional Practice

    Author: Kampylis, E., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Farwell, N. (Supervisor) & Ellison, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Musical Composition

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    Cross-Cultural Composition: Synthesizing the Sound of Taiwanese Cultural Elements

    Author: Hsiao, Y., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Farwell, N. (Supervisor) & Ellison, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Musical Composition

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