Mark Dyer is a composer of experimental concert and installation music. His artistic focus is the ‘musical ruin’: the quotation and degeneration of found musical objects that might elicit a sonic dialogue analogous to that experienced when visiting an architectural ruin.
Mark has worked with artists such as House of Bedlam, Riot Ensemble, Psappha, Benedict Holland, Kathryn Williams and CoMA. In addition he has installed work in the Manchester Art Gallery and HOMEmcr, the latter in collaboration with visual artist Susan Pui San Lok.
Mark studied at the University of Southampton with Matthew Shlomowitz and Ben Oliver, where he received the Hazel Muras-Osborn Prize for Composition. His studies at the University of Manchester were supported by the Harry Clough Scholarship, where he was supervised by Philip Grange. Mark is currently a PhD candidate in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, supervised by Mauricio Pauly and generously supported by an AHRC North West Consortium DTP studentship.
„WHAT I FIND IN RAKING” FOR STRING QUARTET (2017) PROGRAM NOTES
This piece uses the treble from ‘Yonder comes a Courteous Knight’, a folk tune recorded in Thomas Ravenscroft’s Deuteromelia, as a basis for material. The piece functions as a form of creative-autoethnography, reflecting on and documenting in reverse the creative process. In particular, I wanted to record the repeated act of collecting and dispersing fragments from the original melody, and convey the effect this had on me as a maker.