Improvisation: The Dream of Freedom

An excerpt from, Disorganised Noise: A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons).

“A great deal of free jazz is in fact random, and it is random because the organising principles, those social ideas of freedom and expressiveness and brotherhood and love, do not have the same concreteness as pitch, chord, meter, time. What the avant-garde sometimes forgot was that the first thing the Lord did was not to pronounce freedom, but to make an ordered universe out of chaos.”

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Dreams: Improvisation of the Mind

“The purpose of music is to quiet and sober the mind, making it susceptible to the divine influences.” Cage, J (1990).   Recently I’ve been having a recurring dream that I am in a pool teaching individuals to swim. The people I am teaching are always male, and the mental image in the dream is always identical: we are […]

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Why I Hate Interviews

Interviews are distressing; they have made me fidgety, shaky, quite unwell even – that was when I really needed a job. So what about that instance when I absolutely didn’t need the job? In fact last year I applied for a position to work at the Venice Bienalle on a whim at 10pm the night before the closing date, mostly to […]

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Written Response to my Paintings

  With painting as my medium, I have explored an array of materials and developed a fluidity in my work that would only have developed through choosing such material.  I chose to paint as an escape from thinking; to merely create art using only the practice itself to guide my development. As such, being directed […]

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About this Blog: 2016-17

The life and times of a diabetic drummer from Dundee. Writing is a very important part of my creative practice. I find that I am most inspired through channeling a need for identity into something expressive – whether this is through music making, painting, or writing.   It is vital that I am able to transform all […]

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update 5/6/16

It’s just occurred to me that I haven’t blogged since my portfolio hand-in date. Things I wish for my small but dedicated following (that’s right mum, you) to know: I obtained a grade B for my body of artwork that I submitted I obtained an A for the two essays I submitted (goddammit) I’m currently […]

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