I’m Jason Hodgson (BMus), an Award Winning*, Experimental, and Contemporary Composer with a love for the Wacky and Weird. Currently I am studying at Canterbury Christchurch University in School of Music at Masters Level, with a focus on Composition.
This website is dedicated to documenting my career and explorations in Experimental Compositions.
Projects and Compositions
My previous explorations have involved: Indeterminacy, Sweets, Theatre, Improvisation, a Box, Dice (of various shapes and descriptions), Percussion, and a Dragon.
My current project for my MMus involves utilising an eclectic array of computers to create an interactive composition as an installation, which aims to help break down the barrier between computer controlled music, quasi-free improvisation, and in general, experimental composition for both the audience and the musicians.
I will, when time allows, reflect on some of these previous projects and pieces.
The Website and Blog
Occasionally included with these posts will be scores of the pieces. Whilst I do aim to make a career from selling my compositions and my services, I am also a great believer of accessible resources. Therefore in a somewhat big-headed/looking-to-the-future kind of way, I will happily disseminate some of my earlier scores to provide those who study and perform music both now and in the future an easier way to analyse, perform, and study my compositions and myself.
This has been directly influenced by my studies, where I’ve found it difficult and rather expensive to access the resources I need. Libraries can only hold so much, and the more contemporary composers are unlikely to be found in the normal university library. This is also why I have created this blog, and will talk about my composition processes (which change with each new piece).
You may also find dotted between all the Composition babble, some reviews of pieces and composers that I have found interesting. These reviews in no way aim to be like the dry academic based reviews. It will contain much of my opinion with some references to other work, and possibly some factoids thrown in for good measure.
Finally, all that is left to do is to welcome you, and to thank you for reading this, and hope that I can keep up-to-date with this website.
I hope you Enjoy!
– Jason Hodgson (1st August 2017)