Johanne-Bryce Hodgson (MMus), is an Award Winning*, Experimental, and Contemporary Composer with a love for the Wacky and Weird. Having finished studying Composition at Masters Level, they are now in the final stages of their PhD, which is looking at various possible definitions for chance and indeterminacy as compositional tools.
Their previous projects have involved; A Rubiks Cube, Sweets, Theatre, Improvisation, an Atari, a Pi, a Box, Dice (of various shapes and descriptions), and a Dragon or two.
Being neurodivergent is one of the driving forces behind their continued exploration into the realm of sound and music. They believe that their perspective on the sound world is directly as a result of being neurodivergent, and thus uses this as an excuse to explore the more… unusual compositional processes.
Johanne is also a proud geek, and more often than nought their hobbies have cropped up into their compositions. For example, A Mummer’s Farce, a One-Man Percussion-Opera that was then workshopped by the equally wacky, and extremely talented Chris Brannick, was inspired heavily by a plot from a Dungeon & Dragons® campaign they observed. They then followed this concept up with a LIVE Dungeon & Dragons® Concert called Adventurers & Artists, which became a podcast series.
Johanne is also an advocate of using ‘play’ as a creative catalyst. By seeing everything with fresh eyes, and allowing yourself to question “What if I do this?…”, they believe that one can open up a world of possibilities. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t mean you have failed, it simply means it didn’t work.**
*Winner of the 2015 Canterbury Festival Composition Competition. with their vocal sound poem ‘A Throne of Games’. For more information visit Composition events in the Michaelmas Term: a Review By Dr. Lauren Redhead.
** For more on their process, check out the series of blogs posts I’m writing for Canterbury Christchurch’s School of Music Blog.