Chromatic Fields 2020

Duncan Bullen

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    Chromatic Fields are compositions for piano that make use of the entire keyboard. Explorations of the expressive range and depth of the instrument taking a unique view of the instrument's sonic potential. Chromatic Fields is the fruit of a world of relationships. The relationships between the sound of a piano, the space of a blank page, silence and emptiness, color and sound.
    The chromatic sound fields of Jamie Crofts, the result of an exploration of the relationship between composer and performer, between written score and listener, correspond with the visual works of Duncan Bullen. Each translates to the other.
    Here, the element that unites sound and vision in this work is precisely that of attention. An attention that also requires deep participation of its audience, both viewer and listener and that invites us to explore this world of relationships by prompting unique emotions.
    Chromatic Fields was first released as a screen-printed book and CD with accompanying drawings in 2010.
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeComplete recordings and new drawings
    Media of outputCD/DVD Booklet
    PublisherANTS Records, Rome
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2020

    Bibliographical note

    Jamie Crofts was born in 1961, Nottingham, England. He works within the English Experimental tradition, combining systems and processes with a distinctive intuitive voice. With an interest in Satie's Furniture(furnishing) Music, Jamie developed a music for static exhibitions with a focus on design: Ikon Corporation, London. Studio Alchimia, Milan. V&A Museum, London (The Cutting Edge, 1998). He has a particular interest in speech as music, writing six spoken word operas for solo performer. Jamie founded SOUNDkiosk editions with Robert Orledge publishing first editions of work by Satie and Debussy. Much of Jamie's work is piano based but with an equal interest in hand held electronics. An interest in psychogeography and liminality led to the extensive Waterways of Lincoln project (2012-present) and the multimedia project, The Denizen.

    Duncan Bullen is an artist and academic with a primary interest in process-orientated drawing. He studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic in the mid-1980s, before completing his MA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 1991. He was a recipient of a Rome Scholarship, spending 1991-92 at the British School at Rome. After this, he undertook a series of residencies at the Eremo di Santa Caterina, a former hermitage on the Italian island of Elba. He has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in many internationally recognised shows in the United Kingdom, United States, Latin America, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. His writing includes Drawing Colour: Between the Line and the Field, in Mobility of the Line. Art, Architecture and Design edited by Dr.Ivana Wingham, published by Birkhäuser, Basel in 2013. Based within the School of Art, Duncan is Deputy Head of School: Research & Enterprise at the University of Brighton, where he is also Director for the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing.


    • Experimental Music
    • Drawing
    • Abstract Art


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