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A CONVERSATION WITH MONTY ADKINS

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 June 2018

Abstract

This edited transcript of a conversation with composer Monty Adkins explores a wide range of topics: the fundamental aspects of Adkins’ compositional aesthetic, the history and development of his practice, musical influences, considerations of beauty, narrative vs. abstract approaches to composition, types of listening, perceptions of time, notions of the sacred, the imposition (and benefits) of compositional restrictions, the organisation/structuring of non-teleological music, combining electronics with live instruments, and Adkins’ relationship with the listener. The conversation took place on 24 February 2017 at the University of Huddersfield, during the annual Electric Spring festival. Audio of the complete, three-hour conversation can be downloaded and streamed at http://5against4.com/2017/04/18/the-dialogues-monty-adkins/.

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1 Adkins’ intention was largely unsuccessful; during his undergraduate years at Cambridge, composer-teachers Hugh Wood, Robin Holloway and Alexander Goehr ‘were all on sabbatical at the same time’. As a consequence, Adkins focused on French mediaeval and Italian renaissance music ‘because the people who were doing that were absolutely fascinating’.

2 Adkins, Mathew, Fragmented Visions (MPS Music & Video, 2002)Google Scholar.

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5 Adkins, Mathew, [60]Project (empreintes DIGITALes, 2008)Google Scholar.

6 Adkins, Monty, Borderlands (Audiobulb Records, 2015)Google Scholar.

7 Adkins, Monty, Five Panels (Signature, 2009)Google Scholar.

8 Adkins, Monty, Residual Forms (Crónica, 2014)Google Scholar.

9 Adkins, Monty, Rift Patterns (Audiobulb Records, 2014)Google Scholar.

10 Frahm, Nils, Spaces (Erased Tapes Records, 2013)Google Scholar.

11 Adkins, Monty and Hron, Terri, Lépidoptères (empreintes DIGITALes, 2016)Google Scholar.

12 Adkins, Monty, Four Shibusa (Audiobulb Records, 2012)Google Scholar.

13 Adkins, Monty, Shadows and Reflections (Crónica, 2017)Google Scholar.

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