MMASS 2017: 20–24 November

MMASS 2017: 20–24 November

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This year MMASS is pushing forward and backward in time with courses on historical music theory, spectralist and post-spectralist repertoire, popular music, and more. The summer school is open to all and the only prerequisite is a desire to spend a week learn about music in a stimulating and supportive environment.

We are proud to welcome a host of new lecturers from around the world. This year's faculty includes:

Robert Hasegawa (McGill): Following on from his month-long contemporary music analysis course at Ircam in Paris, Robert Hasegawa brings his expertise in spectralist and post-spectralist repertoire to MMASS. Works addressed will include Jonathan Harvey, Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco; Gérard Grisey, Partiels and Vortex Temporum; selected works by Tristan Murail; Philippe Hurel, Leçon de choses; and Georg Friedrich Haas, Blumenstück.

In what might be an Australian first, Hasegawa will also deliver two lectures on the wonderful world of Transformational Theory.

Hasegawa's visit is possible with the Robert Salzer Foundation's generous support.

Michael Norris (Wellington): We are thrilled to have two international guests at MMASS this year. Michael Norris teaches composition, orchestration, sonic arts and post-tonal music theory at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington and is editor of Wai-te-ata Music Press and Co-Director of Stroma New Music Ensemble. At MMASS he will introduce students to a range of post-tonal concepts including tone clock theory in works by New Zealand composers including Jenny McLeod, Douglas Lilburn, and Jack Body.

Jadey O'Regan (Sydney): Dr Jadey O'Regan joins MMASS from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to lecture in the analysis of contemporary popular music, including the development of visual representations to best represent the unique qualities of popular music. 

David RM Irving (Melbourne): With so much focus on pitch and timbre this year, it is only fitting that David Irving from Melbourne University take us through the contemporary-early music underpass and lecture on temperament and tuning. This will be a hands-on course featuring historical instruments.

Keynote speakers will include Marguerite Boland (Elliott Carter), Natalie Williams (Ruth Crawford-Seeger and Sofia Gubaidulina), Warren Burt (pitch and tuning in the music of Harry Partch), Pedro Alvarez (transcriptive and generative functions of notation with a focus on Richard Toop's analyses of Brian Ferneyhough), and Michael Norris.

Food: Morning and afternoon tea are provided and participants are let loose on nearby Lygon St for lunch.

Accommodation: Rooms at Medley Hall are private, however bathrooms are shared. Breakfast is not provided unless we can get a critical mass (no pun intended) of breakfasters. Registrations for accommodation close on 31 October.

Student micro-symposium: Students interested in presenting 15-minute papers at the student micro-symposium may send abstracts and a short bio to by 31 October.

Reading and listening materials will be provided from the start of October, so register early to make the most of the program!

This year MMASS is made possible with the support of the Robert Salzer Foundation, Monash University, Sydney University, and Michael Hannan.

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