BEN CORRIGAN

Shortlisted // Britten Sinfonia OPUS 2017

18 August 2017

I’ve been wanting to sneak my way onto this scheme for years!
I was very happy, excited and surprised to hear that I’m one of three composers shortlisted for this years OPUS.
The others being Mark Bowler and Daniel McDermott, check them out.

I’ll be extending an initial sketch I’d made for the application process. This will be chewed up and spat out at a workshop in September with musicians from the Britten Sinfonia AND one of my favourite composers Nik Bärtsch, a composer that has had a huge impact on my music, a living breathing inspiration.

I’ll keep you posted…

 

Something’s Cooking Up

15 August 2017

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Norway // Dancey Workshops

29 June 2017

I went to Norway on Sunday, then I came back. I was working with two Laban legends, Ingvild Olsen and Rachel Blomberg; who were running three days of workshops for da local youth – I was providing live noises from my designated area in the corner. It was so much fun!!

I bloody loved Norway, what a beautiful country. This was my first visit but hopefully it’s something we can repeat every year. Tusen Takk to Ing and Rachel for asking me to join in and to Ing’s mum for the 5 star cooking.

 

The Noonday Witch // Winner!

3 June 2017

My score for The Noonday Witch (aka Polednice) has won the award for best music at Imagineindia International Film Festival this year! A big thanks to them for selecting it – a very pleasant surprise indeed!

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Binary Slip // Premiere in Switzerland

2 May 2017

Tomorrow I’m heading to Winterthur, Switzerland for the premiere of Binary Slip, a new work for String Trio and Prepared Piano. The fantastic Ensemble TaG Winterthur commissioned the piece as well as many other new works for their ‘Next Generation’ concert – I can’t wait to work with these brilliant musicians and hear loads of new music.

Here’s some composery nonsense about the piece:

Binary Slip is a loosely structured work that functions like a piece of computer based generative music might.
The  performers are assigned an individual tempo and a series of simple cells of music to move through. Within each cell there is room for interpretation resulting in unpredictable interactions between the musicians. The slowly shifting tempos, a nod to Reich’s tape pieces, cause the cells of material to slip away from one another, creating increasingly complex textures. The piece will never be exactly the same twice.

I’ll be sharing some videos and recordings later in May.

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Reich and Morty // Human Music

30 April 2017

 

I made some fan music for two of the greatest things. Steve Reich and Rick and Morty.
Phasey, phasey!

 

Symbiotic // Live Recording

19 April 2017

Symbiotic everyone!

I hope you enjoy listening to this piece as much as I enjoyed making it with the talented youngsters of Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company and of course working again with Jack Philp, who choreographed the piece.

Live video coming soon.

 

SYMBIOTIC // Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company

16 February 2017

I’m very excited to be heading to Wales tomorrow for a week of collaboration with Jack Philp and the Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company. Jack, a regular collaborator of mine has been commissioned to choreograph a new work for the company. He has asked me to provide the beeps, blips and blops.

Here’s a teaser of the sound world we’re working within for this piece, SYMBIOTIC. The music has elements of improvisation that both respond to and influence movement.

SYMBIOTIC In collaboration with Jack Philp for Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company; commissioned by Dance Blast for ‘ignite’.

 

Polednice // Czech Lion Nominations

29 January 2017

Polednice has been nominated for 3 Czech Lion Awards; Supporting Actress, Cinematography and Sound Design.

Congratulations and good luck to the Polednice team!!
The ceremony will be held on the 4th of March in Prague. Fingers crossed.

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Release // Stompy’s Playground & Project Mooncircle

28 January 2017

This post arrives a bit late, but here it is anyways.

Stompy’s Playground has had a track released by the Berlin-based label, Project Mooncircle (which is very exciting). My arrangement of Kidsuke’s (Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe) Harmonics Pt.1 from our ‘Reworks One’ EP was selected for release on a very special compilation album; celebrating the labels 15th Anniversary.

It’s an honour to be included amongst these incredible artists and to be released by the amazing Project Mooncircle.

The compilation can be purchased here