Dr Bryn Harrison

Home Institution:

University of Huddersfield, UK


Bryn Harrison (b. 1969) studied composition with Gavin Bryars at De Montfort University, Leicester and briefly with Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff and Peter Kotik during the 2001 Ostrava New Music Days. His music has been performed extensively in the UK at most of Britain’s leading festivals and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has established a particularly close association with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival receiving prizes there in 1993 and 1995 and commissions from the festival in 1999 and 2002.



Speculations 1: Supporting Materials

1. VIDEO: Vessels (2012)

[Extract from Bryn Harrison's 76 minute composition 'Vessels', for solo piano, played by Philip Thomas. Released on Another Timbre in October 2013]

2. STATEMENT: Time, memory and recursive structures (2015)

Much of my recent compositional output has been largely concerned with the exploration of musical time through the use of recursive musical forms which challenge our perceptions of time and space by viewing the same material from different angles and perspectives. Pieces such as four cycles (2004-6) for large ensemble and shifting light (2006) for orchestra make use of circular pitch structures to create a musical continuum that operates largely outside the confines of a more conventional goal-orientated approach to form and structure.

More recent pieces such as repetitions in extended time (2008), Surface Forms (repeating) (2009) and Receiving the Approaching Memory (2011) attempt to take this idea a stage further by dealing directly with the opposition of static and mobile structures. Exploring high levels of repetition that draw on the pretext outlined by Hulme that exact repetition changes nothing in the object itself but does change something in the mind that contemplates it, these works deal explicitly with aspects of duration and memory through which near and exact repetition operate in close proximity throughout and provide points of orientation and disorientation for the listener.

Bryn Harrison (2015)

3. SCORE: surface forms (repeating) (2009)

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