"Sarah Hughes is a British artist, composer and performer, producing work that explores the boundaries of interdisciplinary practice, often moving between sculpture, installation, composition and music"

Ailís Ní Ríain on Sarah Hughes: 25 Questions to the Board

This is the sixth in a series of articles relating to my Embedded residency at the British Music Collection supported by Sound and Music and Unlimited Impact.

As part of my residency at the British Music Collection I researched graphic, open and experimental scores for piano or any solo instrument. The following five pieces are all contained within the British Music Collection.

I selected four scores which I found either interesting or challenging to interpret. In addition, I created a new visual score of my own. We filmed and recorded my performances at Leeds College of Music and I briefly explain my approach to each piece before I perform it.

I am hearing impaired; I wear hearing aids and lipread. I lost my hearing through contracting the encephalitis virus [inflammation of the brain] when I was a child.  My hearing loss primarily effects my ability to decipher high frequency sound. In addition, I have hyperacusis which is an increased sensitivity to certain frequencies and a ‘collapsed tolerance’ to typical environmental sound for which I frequently need to wear ear plugs to prevent ear pain and resulting headaches. I have been creating work directly influenced by my experience of deafness since 2007

Read the other articles and interviews in Ailís's series on Music and Diability

Sarah Hughes: 25 Questions to the Board

Sarah Hughes is a British artist, composer and performer, producing work that explores the boundaries of interdisciplinary practice, often moving between sculpture, installation, composition and music. Hughes is the co-founder of Compost and Height, a curatorial platform that focuses on new music and composition. She is also co-editor of the new music journal, Wolf Notes, and co-founder of BORE, a publication dedicated to experimental text-based and graphic scores. She lives in West Sussex.

https://sarahhughes.org

 

Find out more about Ailís on her British Music Collection profile or her personal website


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Ailís Ní Ríain on Sarah Hughes: Questions to the Board

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