Being part of the Next Wave project has been a great experience and overwhelmingly positive. I feel like I’ve learnt about the process of composition from lots of different points of view, and it’s definitely going to be useful in the future.
I composed a piece called partial filter for solo tuba and electronics. I like to work by processing instrumental sounds on my laptop, to really delve into the grain and texture of that instrument’s soundworld. From here I develop a palette of different sounds and processes, which then inform the shape and structure of the final composition.
The way I work involves a lot of improvisation and exploration at the beginning of the project; investigating different instrumental and electronic sounds is really important. Happily everyone involved in the project was very supportive of this approach and helped me get the most out of the workshop sessions. I’m really glad that I got to work with Oren Marshall because his background in tuba improvisation is perfect for this style of working.
Recording the piece with Oren and David Lefeber (NMC's producer/engineer) was really fun! It was a privilege to be able to work with them, the top quality equipment and wealth of experience.
The only thing I would mention as negative is that I think I am the only part-time student involved in the project – I also have a day job! Sometimes it was hard to be available for all the workshops and events. As much advanced warning as possible regarding dates is appreciated by part-time students.
I’ve really gained a lot from this project and I’m so grateful to everyone involved, especially: Sound and Music, NMC Recordings, my mentor David Horne, Oren Marshall, the other composers and City University who supported me throughout.
Listen to an extract from Georgia's partial filter
Interview with Georgia
Georgia's Top 10 Tracks
The playlist below includes some tuba pieces which helped me while I was composing this piece, as well as some other tracks which have influenced me more generally.
1. Luigi Nono, Post-praeludium Per Donau (solo tuba and tape)
This is a haunting track by Nono, a master of space. It really broadens your idea of what a tuba sounds like. Nono’s use of spatialisation and reverb was so ahead of his time.
2. William Kraft, Encounters II (solo tuba)
There are lots of extended techniques in this piece written for tuba virtuoso Roger Bobo. It helped me understand what’s possible when playing a tuba.
3. Christian Wolff, Tuba Song (solo tuba)
A beautifully paced solo work. It really shows off the tuba sound.
4. Robin Hayward, Plateau Squared (microtonal tuba and live electronics)
A slowly evolving piece which Hayward performs on his specially designed microtonal tuba. Eventually it envelops you inside a huge and complex layered cloud of tuba sound.
5. Jonty Harrison Klang (electroacoustic) (NMC D035)
One of the first electroacoustic pieces I heard. It showed me how deep you can delve into a single sound using electronic processing techniques.
6. Jonathan Harvey Bhakti (chamber ensemble and tape) (NMC D001)
A wonderful piece. Harvey was so quick to adopt new technologies and use them in his work in such subtle and imaginative ways.
7. Michael Pisaro Ricefall (ensemble)
I took part in a performance of this a couple of years ago. The way your listening develops as the piece unfolds is astounding.
8. Peter Ablinger Voices and Piano (piano and tape)
I love the way Ablinger uses noise in his work. The different grains of each recording and voice really come through here, picked out by the live piano.
9. Morton Feldman Patterns in a Chromatic Field (piano and cello)
I heard Mark Knoop and Séverine Ballon perform this at City University last year. I couldn’t believe eighty minutes had passed when they finished. Something about the shifting repetitions makes your hearing become so acute, and you don’t really think about time anymore, you just listen.
10. Chet Faker Drop the Game (electronic)
I really like this track. As ever, the use of electronics in pop music is way ahead of the game – see also Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Amon Tobin, Little Dragon, Poliça, James Blake, Caribou, Adult Jazz. It sounds great, it’s progressive and it gets my imagination going.
Explore Georgia's Music Map
partial filter is available on the Next Wave album featuring all 12 new works from the Next Wave composers.
1. Weiwei Jin: Sterna Paradisaea, Returning
2. Maya Verlaak: All Verlaak's Music is Alouette
3. Eugene Birman: The winter desert of my silences
4. Edwin Hillier: hibeh
5. Ji Sun Yang: KAIROI
6. Georgia Rodgers: partial filter
7. Ben Gaunt: Filling Rubin's Vase
8. Michael Cutting: I AM A STRANGE LOOP III
9. Oliver Christophe Leith: hand coloured
10. Barnaby Hollington: Velvet Revolution
11. Paul McGuire: Panels
12. Ryan Latimer: Moby Dick
Artists: Loré Lixenberg, Sarah Nicolls, Oren Marshall, Sound Intermedia, London Sinfonietta, Garry Walker
Download the album here.
Photo: Stuart Leech