Dr Lauren Redhead

Staff details

Position Co-Head of Department, Senior Lecturer, Head of Undergraduate Studies
Department Music
Email l.redhead (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Lauren Redhead

My primary interests are in 20th and 21st Century Music; my musicological work focuses on the aesthetics and sociosemiotics of music, psychoanalytic perspectives on music, minority discourse, anti-aesthetics, materialism and notation. I am also a composer of experimental music whose scores are published by Material Press (Berlin) and a performer of music for organ and electronics. My music has been released on the engraved glass, sfz music, Innova, and pan y Rosas discos labels. My current research falls into three broad areas: the methodological critique of practice research, concentrating on its epistemology and phenomenology; the investigation of materiality and notation through experimental approaches to composition; and the development of live-interactive approaches to performance for organ and electronics through collaboration with other composers. I have recently published on the music of composers Michael Finnissy, Chris Newman, and Annette Schmucki. From 2013-2018 I was the president of the RMA’s Music and/as Process Study group, in which role I organised many conferences and edited two collected volumes of research. I am the chair of the conference committee for the RMA’s 56th Annual Conference in 2020 which will take place as an online event.

Teaching
I currently lead the following modules: Approaches to Contemporary Music (Level 4), Aesthetics, Meaning and Culture (Level 5); Music/Modernities (Level 6); Creative Research Project (Level 6); Philosophies of Music (MA/Level 7). I have also contributed to topics on contemporary performance and  20th and 21st Century Music across the curriculum. I also supervise dissertations and creative projects at Undergraduate and Masters level. I have previously taught composition across all levels of Higher Education. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and am currently the Co-Head of the Department of Music, the Head of Undergraduate studies and the Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee for Music.

Research Interests

20th and 21st century music; music aesthetics; music and philosophy; music semiotics; analysis of 20th century music; contemporary music performance practices; practice research; composition

Areas of supervision

At present I supervise 9 PhD students at Goldsmiths.My completed PhD students have undertaken research on the performance of contemporary microtonal music for the recorder, the composition and facilitation of experimental music projects for community choirs, and interrelation in the performance of Improvised Music.My current PhD students are focused on a range of topics, including interdisciplinary approaches to Practice Research that encompass sound, performance, and art; the aesthetics and historiography of the presentation of the ‘past’ in music; and composition projects embracing opera, the theatre, experimental music and sound art. I am interested in supervising projects in the areas of practice research in music, the aesthetics and philosophy of contemporary music, the analysis of 20th and 21st century music, and experimental approaches to performance.I have examined PhDs at the University of Bangor, the University of Salford, Edinburgh Napier University and Kings College, London as well as internally at Goldsmiths and Canterbury Christ Church University. I have also supervised many undergraduate and masters dissertations on topics including film music, music education, music analysis, contemporary aesthetics and music in the community.

Publications

Article

Redhead, L . 2020. hearmleoþ-gieddunga: temporal and material layeredness. ECHO, 1, ISSN 1424-3644

Redhead, L . 2020. Language as a Material Process. Contemporary Music Review, 39(3), ISSN 0749-4467

Redhead, Lauren . 2020. Introduction: Musik und Sprache: Music/Language/Speech. Contemporary Music Review, 39(3), ISSN 0749-4467

Redhead, L . 2019. Chris Newman’s Song to God (1994) for Solo Organ: Blurred Repetition, Visual Communication, and Embodied Information. Context, 45, pp. 19-30.

Redhead, L . 2018. The Avant Garde as Exform. Tempo, 72(286), pp. 7-16. ISSN 0040-2982

Redhead, L ; Zaldua, Alistair; Gisby, S and Stone, S. 2017. Performing Temporal Processes. New Sound International Journal of Music, 50, pp. 113-127. ISSN 0354-818X

Redhead, L . 2017. entoptic landscape and ijereja: music as an iterative process. New Sound International Journal of Music, 49, pp. 97-113. ISSN 0354-818X

Redhead, L . 2015. The Beautiful and the Political. Contemporary Music Review, 34(2-3), pp. 247-255. ISSN 0749-4467

Armstrong, R and Redhead, L . 2015. /’(h)weTH: VOICE - BREATH - BODY - FORM/S. New Sound International Journal of Music, 46, pp. 155-167. ISSN 0354-818X

Redhead, L . 2014. Quotation and Psychogeographic Experience as Repetition in the Music of Bernhard Lang and Chico Mello. Contemporary Music Review, 33(2), pp. 148-166. ISSN 0749-4467

ap Sion, Pwyll and Redhead, L . 2014. Introduction: Musical Borrowing and Quotation in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. Contemporary Music Review, 34(2), pp. 125-127. ISSN 0749-4467

Audio

Redhead, L ; Zaldua, Alistair and Cannon, J. 2018. hearmleoþ—gieddunga.

Mwamba, C and Redhead, L . 2018. Corey Mwamba and Lauren Redhead - Live at Contra Pop.

Canning, R and Redhead, L . 2018. [dis]Located Space[s] (Rob Canning).

Redhead, L . 2016. ijereja.

Redhead, L and Zaldua, Alistair. 2015. Diapason: Music for Organ and Electronics.

Redhead, L . 2014. concerto.

Redhead, L . 2014. entoptic landscape.

Book Section

Redhead, L . 2019. The Medium is Now the Material: The ‘Folklore’ of Chris Newman and Michael Finnissy. In: I Pace and N McBride, eds. Critical Perspectives on the Music of Michael Finnissy: Bright Futures, Dark Pasts. Routledge. ISBN 9781138491977

Redhead, L . 2018. A Common Method? Distributed Creativity in Composition and/as Practice Research. In: L Redhead and R Glover, eds. Collaborative and Distributed Processes in Contemporary Music-Making. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 27-44. ISBN 978-1-5275-1398-3

Glover, R and Redhead, L . 2018. Collaborative and Distributed Processing in Contemporary Music-Making: Overview. In: L Redhead and R Glover, eds. Collaborative and Distributed Processes in Contemporary Music-Making. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 1-9. ISBN 978-1-5275-1398-3

Redhead, L . 2016. Notation as Process: Interpretation of Open Scores and the ‘Journey Form’. In: V Hawes and L Redhead, eds. Music and/as Process. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 116-134. ISBN 978-1-4438-9491-3

Hawes, V and Redhead, L . 2016. Introduction. In: V Hawes and L Redhead, eds. Music and/as Process. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-1-4438-9491-3

Redhead, L . 2015. 'New Music' as Patriarchal Category. In: C Haworth and L Colton, eds. Gender, Age and Musical Creativity. London: Routledge, pp. 171-184.

Composition

Redhead, L . 2019. puer natus est.

Redhead, L . 2019. The Whale.

Redhead, L . 2018. 12 fragments for transverse flute.

Redhead, L . 2018. ore.

Redhead, L . 2018. humata, hukhta, huvarshta.

Redhead, L . 2017. a common method.

Redhead, L . 2016. for Luc Brewaeys.

Redhead, L . 2015. parergons.

Redhead, L . 2015. boxmusic.

Conference or Workshop Item

Redhead, L and Zaldua, Alistair. 2016. 'The Organ as Live Interface'. In: International Conference on Live Interfaces. University of Sussex 29 June - 3 July 2016.

Edited Book

Redhead, L and Glover, R, eds. 2018. Collaborative and Distributed Processes in Contemporary Music-Making. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. ISBN 978-1-5275-1398-3

Hawes, V and Redhead, L , eds. 2016. Music and/as Process. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. ISBN 978-1-4438-9491-3

Edited Journal

Redhead, L , ed. 2020. Musik und Sprache: Music/Language/Speech, Contemporary Music Review, 39(3). 0749-4467

ap Sion, Pwyll and Redhead, L , eds. 2014. Musical Borrowing and Quotation in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Contemporary Music Review, 33(2). 0749-4467

Film/Video

Redhead, L . 2021. Performing ‘the radicality of unknowing who we are becoming’.

Redhead, L . 2021. Language as a Material Process.

Redhead, L . 2016. Ijereja - Music as an interative process performance lecture.

Performance

Redhead, L and Zaldua, Alistair. 2020. vox humana. In: "vox humana", Ideas of Noise Festival, United Kingdom, February 2020.

Printed Ephemera

Redhead, L . 2014. False relationships: Nicola Lefanu, I am Bread.

Other

Redhead, L . 2018. ijereja and entoptic landscape: Music as an Iterative Process. pan y rosas discos.

Redhead, L . 2014. Sound and Space: Music for Organ and Electronics. sfzmusic.