Performance portfolio : Matthew James McKay

McKay, MJ 2012, Performance portfolio : Matthew James McKay , DMA thesis, University of Salford.

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This folio brings together four projects that are representative of the practice-based activities I have undertaken while studying for the DMA. My first studio recording project aims to demonstrate how the flute can be used to reinterpret a vocal line in the context of a modern deep funk track. My wider agenda is to demonstrate the ways in which the flute can become an integral element in the creation of a signature sound for the deep funk 1 outfit Speedometer. The second studio recording project is a suite that I commissioned, written by composer Rob Neild; this Suite for Flute entitled Meet at the Grey Horse explores many of the different tone colours available to the flautist. I also featured my work on piccolo, alto flute, Native American flute and Didgeridoo. Parts of the piece require extended techniques and employ novel recording and performance methods using found sounds and production techniques more commonly adopted in electroacoustic music. The suite also features stylistic elements derived from funk edged American saxophone features such as those by Tom Scott, here providing a new vehicle for the solo flute. The significance of this work is supported in the form of reviews from world-renowned flautists and educators. The third project is a live, filmed recording, and features flute with tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section. This Latin styled piece was recorded as part of the successful Guards Chapel Recital Series in London. The lead line, originally written for alto saxophone, has been taken by the flute on the world premiere of a piece entitled M.B.C. written by Paul Clarke. Also included is a studio recording of this piece where, using multi-tracking, the flute plays all parts of the composition. The final project included in the folio, Groove from the Joint, was written by Dr Robin Dewhurst and its premiere live performance, which was filmed at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, showcases, for the first time in the U.K, the Glissando Headjoint® invented by American designer and academic Dr Robert Dick. This written report consists of critical commentary on each of the four projects explaining the aim of each recording. This is followed by reviews and evidence of live performances and studio sessions during my candidature. This folio brings together four of my performances employing a full controlled flute sound, extended techniques, stylistic innovation and technological development at the front of original compositions, arrangements, recordings and performances; breaking new ground right across my sound world.

Item Type: Thesis (DMA)
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2021 14:11
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 11:22

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