paul whitty was born in Lisburn, N.Ireland in 1970.
performances forthcoming performances selected
He is a founding member of Ensemble [rout] which he co-directs with composers Sam Hayden and Paul Newland.
His work has been performed by IXION, Nosferatu, Ensemble Cattrall, London Sinfonietta, Jane Chapman, [rout], Christopher Redgate, Mieko Kanno, Michael Finnissy and Ensemble Expose.
His work has been featured by BBC radio3 in performances by [rout], IXION, Jane Chapman and London Sinfonietta.
- .stop.direction.pause.  e-guitar/prepared piano/sampler
- bcnsfld  collaboration with [rout]/dance company prang/Anna Best.
- on/off  e-guitar/c-bass/SWradio
- input-output  installation in collaboration with Anna Best, presented at Beaconsfield Artspace, Vauxhall.
- Love [1999-2001] soprano/e-guitar/c-bass/sampler/m-disc/piano
- erase [2001-2002] steel-string guitar/alto saxophone [baritone]
- take it or leave it  alto saxophone/violin/vibraphone/piano
- stop me if you think you've heard this one before  harpsichord
- whatnoiseannoysanoyster  site-specific installation at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, in collaboration with Anna Best.
- in the midst of life we are in death etc.  e-violin/e-guitar/c-bass/harpsichord/harmonium/sampler
- erase/rewind [2002-2003] two duos i.steel-string guitar/alto saxophone [baritone] ii. 'cello duo.
- [selected scores/recordings available from www.bmic.co.uk/newvoices/whitty]
- erase [2001-2002] for steel-string guitar/alto saxophone[baritone]
- fp.Ensemble Cattrall/Zurich/13-SEPT-2002
i.to rub or scrape out. ii.to efface (eg. From the memory). iii.to destroy."
Each sound in erase is vacuum-packed - sealed individually - sounds are switched on and off - erase cuts from sound to sound to silence - as one sound supercedes another, the previous sound - or silence - is erased - there are no overlaps - no transitions.
- The situation is always bigger than you ... it has like God, its own logic and its own justification for being and the best you can do is cope.'
In a world such as you inhabit, Mr.Stencil, any cluster of phenomena can be a conspiracy.
there's nothing under here, who are we kidding? [Thomas Pynchon, V]
perhaps the links between the sounds have been lost or forgotten - perhaps we can reconstruct them in our imagination as an archaeologist reconstructs artifacts from a handful of fragments - perhaps there never was any connection.
take it or leave it  for alto saxophone/violin/vibraphone/piano
- fp.Nosferatu/BMIC cutting edge series/19-SEPT-2002
- '... full of understatement and wit.'
[Tom Service/the guardian/21-SEPT-2002]
in the midst of life we are in death etc  in collaboration with graphic designers ratio electric [www.ratioelectric.com] for e-violin/c-bass/e-guitar/
- 'he was a sweet and tender hooligan, hooligan,
and he said that he'd never, never do it again,
and of course he won't ... not until the next time.'
in the midst of life we are in death etc [version 2003]
- 03-APR-2003/Zurich 04-APR-2003/Basel
erase/rewind [2002-2003] for two duos i.steel-string guitar/alto saxophone [baritone] ii.'cello duo
- 29-30-31-MAY-2003/Battersea Arts Centre
the Englishman sits in his caravan at St.Osyth/singing
devised opera in collaboration with director Arlette Kim George
paul whitty currently lectures in composition at Oxford Brookes University and is a visiting tutor in collaborative practice at Dartington College of Arts.
More information at www.bmic.co.uk/newvoices/whitty
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