Developed as a multi sensory composition and comissioned by Post Paradise concert series in Birmingham, not for sensitive skin is part tactile stimuli research, part audio-visual performance with the visuals floating (think invisible thin white gauze) between the audience and the musicians and part new music composition.
In this piece I was interested in developing ways to focus the musicians’ attention in the moment and define a musical narrative based on their subjective experience. The development process involved trialing a variety of face masks and discussing the effects they had on the skin and the potential for musical analogy.
What I like about modeling subjective experience for contemporary music is that there is no right and wrong as long as all parts involved are open to challenge themselves. For musicians, it’s a way to move beyond what you think you know and as a composer the journey is to craft an experience for both the performers and the audience that can communicate the creative force that constitues it.