John Hails

about the author

John Hails (b. 1978) is a composer, improviser, and lecturer based in Edinburgh, UK. Within his research, ethnomusicology, aesthetics, and music psychology form a symbiotic relationship with compositional and performative activities to produce new avenues of investigation. He is currently Senior Lecturer: Reader in Music at Edinburgh Napier University, the Subject Group Leader for music, and the Director of the Applied Music Research Centre.

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Edinburgh Napier University, UK


j.hails [AT]


Ceci n’est pas la musique: Laying the Groundwork for a Schizoanalysis of Brian Ferneyhough’s Carceri D’invenzione I (1982)
(in DARE 2015: the dark precursor )
keywords: Brian Ferneyhough, de/re-territorialisation, notation