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Durham University



Mr Daryn Dawson-Jones

Member of the Department of Music

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Daryn Jones obtained a B(Mus) in Music and Popular Music from the University of Wolverhampton in 2014, and an MA in Music Composition from Durham University in 2015. Currently he is a doctoral student in the Department of Music, studying temporality in music composition. His PhD portfolio explores the compositional techniques that affect the perception of a “virtual” time in music. Virtual time as opposed to an objective measure of time, affects the listeners experience of temporality during a piece of music. This in part looks at several forms and structures within composition but also studies varying parameters within the music that affects perception, such as tonality and rhythm. This research, apart from exploring the compositional praxis of contemporary music, will also be interdisciplinary in nature, utilising both music psychology and philosophy. This will include adding to research of Susanne Langer, Jonathan Kramer and composers such as Stockhausen and Bryn Harrison.

Initial works from this portfolio such as Space (2016) was performed by Juna Winston at the DurhamKlang16 concert series and Microstudies (2016) has been performed at the Ensemble7Bridges SoundLab concerts as well as an additional performance in Norway organised by the nyMusikk Composers’ Group.

Research Interests

  • Notation
  • Orchestration
  • Temporality in music