(re)composition

Traversing geographies real and imagined, (re)composition explored the affective, material, physical and cultural dimensions of the interplay between music and place.

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Traversing geographies real and imagined, (re)composition explored the affective, material, physical and cultural dimensions of the interplay between music and place. Featuring contributions from artists, musicians, researchers, and members of Loughborough’s music communities, it consisted of a lively programme of performances, compositions, workshops, film screenings and public discussions.

The project drew on research undertaken by Dr Allan Watson in Loughborough University’s Department of Geography. His work explores the connections between the social and economic relations fostered by music; musical infrastructures; and working conditions in the music industry. His book  Cultural Production in and Beyond the Recording Studio was published by Routledge in 2014, and in 2017 he organized a conference entitled ‘The Place of Music’ at Loughborough University. We also worked closely with Dr James Esson, who is interested in the racialized (in)ability of peoples and cultures to move and be moved.

(re)composition continued Radar's previous engagements with the sonic. The very first Radar programme, 2007's You are the Music While the Music Lasts explored how sound affects navigational perception. 2016’s Market Town, meanwhile, featured ‘Loughborough Records Presents Presence’, a project by the artist-architect Can Altay. This involved the transformation of a vacant unit in Loughborough’s shopping centre into a free-to-use recording studio, and instigated conversations we hope to continue about the town's musical infrastructures. 

Interrogating and realizing music’s ability to compose and be composed by place, negotiate identities and transport us to new worlds, (re)composition was an ambitious programme of musical, artistic and geographic exploration.

Artists

Rebecca Lee

Making it Up, this Moment in June Read more

Sam Belinfante

To the Tintinnabulation that so Musically Wells Read more

XANA

Disturbing Space Read more

Project Partners

Dr Allan Watson

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University
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Dr James Esson

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University
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Events

Music, Movement, Power: Blackness and Sonic Resistance

Thu 19 April - 2018

6pm - 8pm

This event will explore the relationships between blackness, music, and the (in)ability to move. Read more

Sounds from a Small Town

Wed 29 November - 2017

7pm - 9pm

An evening exploring the role music plays in smaller towns? Read more