In this talk I will discuss my practice-based research into how the legacy of Experimental Music from the 1960s can lead to the formation of new approaches to composition through the creation of an original body of work. Rather than composing music in isolation, how can I integrate the process of composition into performance and explore the fun of creativity in so-called ‘serious’ music? How can the act of composition be performed?
Andy Ingamells is an experimental musician who develops unusual methods of composition that blur the line between composer and performer. He has filled taxis with recorder players reading traffic lights as notation, played gold-painted pianos overflowing with buckets of red wallpaper paste, invented the game of violin cricket, and been tickled by improvisers playing his ticklish body as a musical instrument. His work has been performed in the National Portrait Gallery, the Handel & Hendrix House Museum and Café Oto in London, the Orgelpark and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Lapidarium of Kings in Copenhagen, Walled City Festival in Derry, Birmingham International Dance Festival, and Cheltenham Music Festival.