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
Jacob Thompson-Bell is a composer and creative producer with a particular focus on multi-media connections and site-responsive work. Current projects include ONE, a site-responsive UK tour of new music and visuals (Arts Council England, and part of Sound and Music Composer-Curator 2017). His music has been performed in venues including the Purcell Room, LSO St Luke’s, Howard Assembly Rooms, British Museum and BFI Southbank. He lives in Leeds.