Call Outs Canterbury Christ Church University Composition PhD

Call for Trans and Non-Binary Individuals

Trigger Warning: Mentions of Transphobia, Mentions of Sexual Abuse (in score), J K Rowling

Call Out for Non-Binary and Trans individuals Voices (volunteer) for PhD Score “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but your words will not divide us”.

Timeline: October 2020 – February 2021

  • No previous experience necessary.
  • Can remain anonymous if desired.
  • Score on request.

I am looking for some fellow Non-Binary and Trans individuals to be a part of my new vocal work for my PhD portfolio “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but your words will not divide us”, a score created in response to J K Rowling’s anti-trans essay.

The score takes Rowling’s anti-trans essay and pulls it through multiple layers of google translate using some of the primary languages from countries which have anti-trans laws or legislations (as of the date of the creation of the score), dice controlled censoring, and improvised performer reactions. All of this is designed to enhance the nonsensical nature of the content of said essay. It is also a representation/reaction to the horror, disgust, frustration, and sadness that people such as myself (the composer) who grew up with Harry Potter feel at learning that Rowling is a TERF.

The result is a score with 3 movements:

(note: this call-out is primarily for volunteers to focus on Movement 1, but should people wish to help with the other two movements, I would be happy to discuss this with you).

Movement 1 requires the reader/performer to read the text as seriously, as dull as possible, with occasional negative emotion.

Movement 2 takes the same text from Movement 1, and further mangles the text by censoring random words. The instructions ask the performer to sing a tone for each black bar that sensors the words, combined with the text being spoken.

Movement 3 is the most literal when it comes to protesting the text and is the most open to musical/performer interpretation. The performer is invited to tear up Rowling’s essay in derision and respond in any way they deem appropriate.

You will receive the score in advanced, so you have a chance to look at the text beforehand and ascertain whether you have the emotional energy available/are comfortable in going forward with the recording.

You will need access to a microphone (headset is fine), and there is no requirement to be videoed (although this is an option).

Time commitment can be anywhere between 1hr and 3hrs+, depending on various factors such as how much text you are reading, or the number of takes, and movements can be recorded over multiple sessions.

Unfortunately, there is no monetary compensation, however full credit will be given (if not asked to remain anonymous), and this score and any recordings made during my PhD will not be used for monetary gain.

If you are interested or would like more information, contact me viaemail me at with the subject header “Sticks and Stones”.

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