Welcome!

Jason Hodgson (MMus), is an Award Winning*, Experimental, Avant-Garde (according to their supervisors) and Contemporary Composer with a focus on Chance and Indeterminate compositional processes, and a passion for the Wacky and Weird.

They are currently studying as one of Canterbury Christ Church University’s PhD Candidates within the School of Music and Performing Arts, which is situated within the Creative Arts department. Their thesis focuses 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 their career and explorations in Experimental Compositions.

Projects and Compositions

Their previous explorations have involved: Indeterminacy, Sweets, Theatre, Improvisation, a Box, Dice (of various shapes and descriptions), Percussion, and a Dragon.

The Masters project involved exploring notatation for circuit-bent toys, and exploring how far one could go with removing or limiting the composer’s agency before a work is no longer a composition. The latter is a longterm exploration.

The Website and Blog

Occasionally included throughout this website will be scores and recordings of their compositions. Whilst they aim to make a paying career out of being a composer, they are also a great believer in the accessibility of resources. Therefore in a somewhat big-headed/looking-to-the-future kind of way, they will happily disseminate some of their scores to provide those who study and perform music, (both now and in the future), an easier way to analyse, perform, and study their works and the person behind them.

This has been directly influenced by their studies: In the past they have found it challenging, and often rather expensive to access the resources they need. Libraries can only hold so much, and the more contemporary the composers are, the more unlikely they are to be found in your average university library. To help compensate for this they have created a blog section of the website, where they talk about their composition processes, and how they are developing themsevles as a person and as a composer.

You may also find dotted between all the composition babble, some reviews of pieces and composers that they have found interesting. These reviews in no way aim to be dry academic style reviews, but rather focus instead on personal preference’s and  opinion, with some references to other works, and possibly some factoids thrown in for good measure.

Monday, October 05, 2020
Trigger Warning: Mentions of Transphobia, Mentions of Sexual Abuse (in score), J K Rowling Call Out for Non-Binary and Trans individuals Voices (volunteer) for PhD Score “Sticks and stones may ...
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
This is an informal request for any and all of my followers and readers: If you know of any contemporary composers (preferably post 2010s) who use Chance and/or Indeterminacy tools/techniques in th...
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Automatronic New Music for Organ and Electronics Part of the Canterbury Festival, held in the Anselm Chapel at Canterbury Christ Church University on Monday 22nd October 2018. Lauren Redhead (Organ...