An exploration of cross-genre composition focusing on the combination of natural and synthetic sound sources

Richard Norris

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This portfolio explores a combination of acoustic performance with technology in various guises, including the use of backing tracks alongside an ensemble, the manipulation of live instruments with effects and the use of synthesizers and samplers along with an instrumental ensemble.

A key feature that runs through the portfolio is the use of specific non-musical subject themes as inspiration for the music. These include the murders of five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006 by Steve Wright, a speech by David Davis on people trafficking from 2005, the Mumbai hostage situation and bombings of 2007, drug culture and the sounds of London.

A large proportion of the pieces that make up this portfolio have contributed to a fusion album entitled Opposites React. This album explores how acoustic performance can be combined with electronics and includes performances and collaborations with performers, poets, producers and visual artists.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Lock, Brian, Supervisor
Award date1 Mar 2012
Publication statusUnpublished - 2012


  • Composition
  • Richard Norris
  • Fusion
  • World
  • Orchestral
  • Electronic

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