Caitlin Rowley – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Caitlin Rowley is a composer, artist and performer whose work has been performed, broadcast and exhibited internationally. She's a member of the acclaimed experimental music group Bastard Assignments.

A PhD student at Bath Spa University, her practice-based research questions the separation of public and private creative spaces through developing interdisciplinary compositions which use her composing activity in her studio and notebooks as compositional material.

Academic qualifications

  • BMus (Hons) Music Composition, University of Sydney – 2:1
  • GrDip Design, University of Technology Sydney – Distinction
  • MFA Creative Practice (Music) in Music Composition – Distinction

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • Editor of ‘Australia: Exploring the Musical Landscape’, Australian Music Centre/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2005
  • ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ for flute and objects performed by Jenni Hogan live on BBC Radio 3 ‘Hear and Now’, September 2016
  • Snape Maltings Open Space artist (with Bastard Assignments), 2017-19
  • ‘Aides Memoire’ for narrator, tape and live photography performed by Bastard Assignments live on BBC Radio 3 ‘Hear and Now’, October 2017
  • ‘Community of Objects’ performed by Bastard Assignments at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, November 2017
  • ‘Quiet Songs’ commissioned by Aldeburgh Festival and premiered there by the composer, June 2019

Thesis title

"Studio/Stage: Questioning the division of ‘private’ and ‘public’ creative spaces through interdisciplinary compositional practice"

Research supervisors

Research interests

  • Private experience (composition practice, memory)
  • Generative creative spaces (studio/notebooks)
  • The score as object
  • The everyday
  • Fear as a creative tool
  • Interdisciplinary composition/The New Discipline
  • Erik Satie

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