I’m Jason Hodgson (MMus), an Award Winning*, Experimental, Avant-Garde (according to my supervisors) and Contemporary Composer with a focus on Chance and Indeterminate compositional processes, and a passion for the Wacky and Weird.
Currently I am studying as one of Canterbury Christ Church University’s PhD Candidates within the School of Music and Performing Arts. My focus is on working towards a living definition of Chance and Indeterminacy as a compositional tools for the 21st Century composer.
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.
The project for my MMus involves utilising an eclectic array of computers to create an interactive composition as an installation, with 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.
The Website and Blog
Occasionally included throughout this website will be scores and recordings of my compositions. Whilst I do aim to make a paying career out of being a composer, I am also a great believer in the accessibility of 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 the person behind them.
This has been directly influenced by my studies. In the past I have found it challenging, and often rather expensive to access the resources I need. Libraries can only hold so much, and the more contemporary composers are, the more unlikely they are to be found in your average university library. To help compensate for this I have created a blog section of the website, where I talk about my composition processes, and how the are developing me as a person and as a composer.
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 dry academic style reviews. Instead they the focus is on personal preference and 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.
– Jason Hodgson (19th May 2020)