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University of Surrey, 12th and 13th October 2013. Studio 1, PATS Building

We will be presenting new works from our various Swedish residency projects, as well as new duo collaborations, and with presentations on the work from our special guests, Katharine Norman and Max Eastley.

Saturday 12th October
10:00-12:30 – presentations and discussions on work in progress
14:00-17:00 – presentations and discussions on work in progress
19:30-21:00 – concert by LQ and guests

Sunday 13th October
10:00-12:30 – presentations and responses
14:00-16:00 – responses and general discussion

All attendees are encouraged to participate with questions and comments and critical reflections. All events are free. Please confirm attendance ideally by Oct 1 to Matthew Sansom: m.sansom[at]surrey.ac.uk

Next symposium will be at Newcastle University on 25th and 26th of January, 2014.

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At the Landscape Quartet Symposium on 4/5 July at the University of Newcastle I was delighted to meet the four members, along with ‘critical friends’ Peter Nelson, Sally Jane Norman and Rachael Hales. Our discussions were intensive and wide-ranging, often delving into the complexity of new and original musical and arts practices and the relationship of these practices to disciplines such as ecology, anthropology, architecture and cultural theory. In my view this ‘open set’ approach is the most sensible – so much of the Landscape Quartet’s work leaks out at the sides and can’t be contained within an orthodox musical discourse. This is its strength.

This work of the Landscape Quartet undermines any notion of aesthetic closure. Unlike the closure that we find in, say, a conventional concert of music, where we listen, appreciate and go home feeling warm inside (perhaps), the kind of work generated by the Landscape Quartet leaves us chewing on all manner of fresh questions around music, ‘the environment’ and wider issues around human cultural activity. Perhaps the environment serves here as a substrate, offering a continuity from which creative forms emerge and recede, offering themselves up for investigation. Read the rest of this entry »