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date: 12 December 2019

Hobbs, Christopherlocked

  • Virginia Anderson


(b Hillingdon, Sept 9, 1950). English composer, performer and publisher. He studied with Cornelius Cardew (composition) and Patricia Brady (percussion) at the RAM (1967–9). He was a member of the free improvisation group AMM (1967–1971), the Scratch Orchestra (1969–71, for which he designed their first concert, at Hampstead Town Hall on 1 November 1969), the Promenade Theatre Orchestra (PTO) with John White, Hugh Shrapnel and Alec Hill (1969–73), and the Hobbs–White Duo with White (1973–6). He was Director of Music for Drama Centre, London (1973–91) and was appointed as a lecturer at Leicester Polytechnic (later De Montfort University) in 1985. He is currently also Associate Senior Lecturer in Composition at Coventry University. In 1969 he founded the Experimental Music Catalogue, a publisher and distributor of new music scores and recordings.

Hobbs’s Word Pieces (1966–9) use indeterminate text notation (in which musical actions appear in prose) and, similarly to those of other PTO members, his PTO pieces use repetitive processes generated by random procedures (...

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