David Gorton

research interests: composition, artistic research, contemporary music, Early music, collaboration, baroque music, Performance analysis, Performance studies, discursive voice, co-creation, co-production, citation, experimentation, Practice Research, subjectivity
affiliation: Royal Academy of Music

David Gorton is a composer based in London. A winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, his large-scale works include compositions for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, and Ensemble Exposé. Since 2010 four portrait albums have been released on the Métier, Toccata Classics, and NEOS labels. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Music since 2006, where he is a Professor of the University of London. His music is published by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin.


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Exposition: sonozones (01/01/2014) by Jan Schacher
David Gorton 22/09/2014 at 13:31

The exposition provides access and insight into a fascinating artistic project in which three sound artists accompanied by a project leader/collaborator/responder explore the German town of Mülheim an der Ruhr through sound recordings, installations, and interventions, and above all through the personal, experiential engagement with the urban soundscape as mediated by their artistic practices. The project management and methods are of particular interest, with the project specifically established as a research project, and the processes of exploration, investigation, and reflection becoming the ‘artistic work’ themselves, rather than just a means for producing a final artistic product. But perhaps of most significance is the mode of presentation of the exposition itself, and the manner in which the authors have addressed the difficult task of presenting and providing access to such ephemeral materials as site- and time-specific artistic process, action, and experience. This is achieved through the use of high-quality photographs, audio, video, and a diversity of writing styles ranging from diary notes to formal discourse, all of which powerfully communicate the artistic investigations, and more importantly the artistic experiences of the participants in their specific time and place. As readers/listeners/viewers our understanding and mediated experience of the place, time, and people of Mülheim an der Ruhr are transformed.