Dr Lauren Redhead

Staff details

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

Lauren’s primary interests are in 20th and 21st Century Music; she is a musicologist who studies the aesthetics and sociosemiotics of music, psychoanalytic perspectives on music, minority discourse, anti-aesthetics, materialism and notation, a composer of experimental music, a performer of music for organ and electronics. Her PhD thesis, completed at the University of Leeds with Prof Derek Scott and Prof Martin Iddon, took a practice-led approach to the application of relational aesthetics in music and was funded by the AHRC. Since completing her PhD, Lauren has published work on many contemporary composers, and on Practice Research. She is currently the president of the Royal Musical Associations’s Music and/as Process study group.

As a composer, Lauren’s music has been performed by international artists such as Ian Pace, the Nieuw Ensemble, Trio Atem, Philip Thomas, BL!NDMAN ensemble and rarescale, and she has received commissions from, for example, Yorkshire Forward, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Making Music and the PRSF for Music, Octopus Collective with the Arts Council of England and TRANSIT festival. Her opera with librettist Adam Strickson, green angel, was premiered in January 2011 with the support of the Arts Council of England. Lauren’s music has been performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the London Ear Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Composer’s Marathon V (Vienna), Full of Noises Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and many locations throughout the UK and Europe. A CD of Lauren’s chamber works entitled tactile figures was released on the engraved glass label in 2012. She has since released two albums with the pan y rosas discos experimental music label (Chicago) and her work ‘concerto’ featured on the debut album of the Vocal Constructivists, ‘Walking Still’ (Innova). As a performer Lauren is actively involved in promoting and commissioning new works for organ and electronics and graphic and open notation works for the organ. In 2014 she gave a tour of her organ and electronics programme throughout the UK with the support of Sound and Music and in 2015 this was followed by a duet organ and electronics album with Alistair Zaldua on the sfz music label.

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; compositio

Publications

Article

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. 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.

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

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. 2016. Ijereja - Music as an interative process performance lecture.

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.