Mountainsides: On Composition - talk now online

February 23rd, 2018

I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak about composition and mountains in relation to Condensations at the Mountainsides Talk: Composition last September.

The project is facilitated by Jonathan Pitches as part of his AHRC funded research project 'Performing Landscapes: Mountains' (which will be published as a monograph by Palgrave).

You can watch the talk online at

A talk by Kate Lawrence and the panel discussion is also available as well as detailed documentation from their previous Mountainsides Talks programme.

The vertical axis of mountain environments has inspired artists, writers and dancers to create new and rich vocabularies of expression.

In what ways do mountain environments inspire compositional strategies? How can the technical and phenomenological experience of climbing be useful to creative practice and composition? How do the natural processes of rock formation and erosion of mountainous landscapes function as a means to consider compositional practice (in relation to time, space, materials of creative process/work)? What do line, layer, tension, feeling mean in the space between climbing and art practice? What does the practice of naming or authoring tell us about the artistry of climbing and about climbing inspired art? To what extent does the vertical offer alternative perspectives on dance and physical performance?