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    November 10th, 2016adminUncategorized

    Hi everyone,
    You’ll forgive me if I’ve been quiet here, as I spent the better part of 2016 researching, writing and performing a dissertation at Goldsmiths, University of London, in support of my Master of Music degree in Creative Practice. Entitled, Trust Them With Your Weird and Strange Notes: An Arts-Based Research Perspective on Vulnerability and the Social Dynamic in Creative Collaboration, I explored how the social dynamic and issues of risk, trust, and vulnerability play out when people collaborate on creative projects. Using an arts-based methodology, I teamed up with Genevieve Dawson, Nour Emam and Barnabas Poffley, writing music collaboratively with each, which we performed live on the 8th of September, 2016. In the research component of the roject, I developed a theoretical framework for how interpersonal dynamics impact collaborations and a few best practices for people working collaboratively.

    I’ve done some mammoth projects in my time, but this one kind of took the take. I’m happy to report it was awarded DISTINCTION (i.e., for you non-Brits, a really high grade), and that I’m graduating overall with distinction. I’m reworking the dissertation a bit to see if it can be published as a journal article, but if you’re interested in reading it now, shoot me an email (felixobelix [at] gmail.com) and I’ll send you a copy. Video from the performance is forthcoming…

    Here are some still photographs from the sessions. Thanks to my advisor, Dr Lisa Busby, for her guidance through this process, and of course to Gen, Nour, and Barny, without whom I would not have been able to have done this. Lastly, I return to North Carolina, US of A in mid-December, so I’ll see you stateside for more Felix Obelix shenanigans (an academic term), in 2017! xxx Wendy

    me + Genevieve, in collaborative songwriting.
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    me + Nour, exploring improvisation with acoustic instruments and live electronics
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    me + Barnabas, aka ‘rhythm study’ – explorations in meter manipulation in instrumental tunes
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2 Responses to “Felix Obelix is a Master of Music, and other news”

  1. Congratulations on finishing and getting “DISTINCTION”! I love the pictures. It looks like fun is part of collaborations. Is there anyway to hear any of this music?

  2. Music/video forthcoming! In the meantime, check out Felix Obelix on facebook, and some videos are up there…

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