Dr. Jane Stanley: Hauntological aspects of my music

Dr. Jane Stanley: Hauntological aspects of my music

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This talk explores aspects of my creative process and output, paying particular attention to the textural, gestural and formal dimensions of my music. I will explain how I have recently begun to reflect upon my pieces and working method through a conceptual lens of hauntology, as well as accounting for the evolution in my work towards this point. Hauntology is a term that originated in the writing of Jacques Derrida initially in the context of discussing Marxism, but it has since been explored in a broad range of subject areas. Hauntology refers to the idea of “reanimating”  futures that belong to the past, as well as the concept of broken time.  

A feature of some of my music which I consider to be hauntological is my tendency to draw upon imagery associated with layering and decay, of palimpsests and pentimento techniques.  A key example of a piece of mine in which I explore this is Pentimenti for piano duo. I will show how musically I have engaged with the idea of over-writing and of generating multiple layers, where layers in the background seep through to the sonic surface. In addition to reflecting on some of my past pieces, I will also outline my thoughts on ways that I intend to engage even more deeply with hauntology in my future work, including how it might intersect with another of my research interests, namely the role of musical imagery in the creative process.

Jane Stanley is a UK-based, Australian-born composer. Her music has been performed and broadcast throughout the world and featured at festivals including Tanglewood, ISCM World Music Days, and Gaudeamus Music Week. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney and in 2004-5 she was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Her teachers include Anne Boyd, Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, and Bernard Rands. Jane was a composition fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in 2008.Jane is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. She is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre, and her music is also published by Composers Edition. Her debut composer portrait CD, to feature performances by The Hermes Experiment and Red Note Ensemble is planned for release on Delphian Records in 2024.

Dr Jane Stanley
MacRobert Building, MR028

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