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.