Tonality Systems Press is the UK-based sister organisation to Tonality Systems, developers of the music programming language Symbolic Composer. Initially formed as an imprint to promote and archive the music of Nigel Morgan, Tonality Systems Press has diversified and is now able to offer music editing and consultancy, project management and administration, as well as software and app development.
Nigel Morgan is a composer working at the heart of contemporary concert music in the UK. His current worklist of some 90 compositions includes many commissioned works in orchestral, chamber, vocal and digital media categories.
In the 1980s as the Arts Council’s Music Animateur for the East of England he began an association with new technology, recording and performance that has become a continuous thread in his creative output, most recently in project work with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the ILIOS Festival. His music consistently reflects innovative and original approaches to composition often enabling performers to make a deeper contribution to interpretation than is the norm in contemporary scores. His music celebrates and re-invents many of the aspects of Renaissance and Baroque music whilst integrating novel features of open-form and computer-aided algorithmic composition.
He has been a co-developer of the Symbolic Composer software for Macintosh since 1990 and is a member the research team of the Future Music Lab at Plymouth University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research.
Phil is a sonic artist and programmer, as well as an senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University’s School of Film, Music and Performing Arts. He works across a broad spectrum of creative technologies, with particular focus on music and visuals that explore an imaginative response to natural environments – an area which he is developing into geospatial audio apps. With Tonality Systems Press he has worked closely with Nigel Morgan on his series of Active Notation scores as well as establishing a comprehensive, fully edited digital archive of his work. Phil recently project-managed the collaboration between Tonality Systems Press, Saltaire Inspired and local students for the Saltaire Arts Trail 2013 app.
Patrick Brandon: editor, composer
Patrick Brandon has been involved as an editor with Tonality Systems Press for more than a decade. As a composer, he graduated from Reading University, achieving a B.A. Honours degree, winning a BBC Young Composers’ Competition, leading to a Radio 3 broadcast. He had organ music performed in Auckland Cathedral and broadcast on New Zealand Radio, and performed in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral: much of his chamber music has been performed in venues around London and East Anglia.
Tonality Systems Press associates: Matt Robinson (pianist), Alice Fox (textile artist).