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Decontamination Double-Bill: #12 – fragmentation and distortion / #13 – Lecture about sad music and happy dance

  • Michael Baldwin


Over the last decade, Larry Goves, composer and lecturer of music at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), has been steadily enriching the experimental music community in Manchester, UK. As an artistic director and curator, Goves regularly presents his and other's work through the ensemble The House of Bedlam, the annual New Music North West festival, and the Decontamination series. This review covers the twelfth and thirteenth instalments of the Decontamination series, presented as a double-bill at RNCM's Carol Nash Recital Room on 28 February 2018.



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1 Lanz, Megan R., ‘Silence: Exploring Slavatore Sciarrino's Style through L'opera per flauto’, UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones, 730 (2010), p. 49.

2 For a satirical example of the ideological silos that can close off historical informed performance practice scholarship to radically engaged interpretations, see David Pocknee, ‘Historically Ill-Informed Performance Practice: A Documentary’, (accessed 01 June 2018).

3 Goffman, Erving, ‘The Lecture’, Forms of Talk (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1981), p. 167.

4 This is a unique approach among some of the most well-known lecture-performances within the field of contemporary music, including, as curator Goves points out in a blog post marketing the event, Johannes Kreidler and Trond Reinholdtsen. See Larry Goves, ‘Decontamination #12 & #13’, (accessed 1 June 2018).

5 Fin Murphy, ‘Meeting the Creator of Manchester's Unauthorized Camp for the Homeless’, Vice, 15 September 2015, available at (accessed 01 June 2018).


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