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RNCM Research Forum – Dr Richard Perks

The Fretless Electric Guitar – Affordance and Creativity

Wednesday 15 March 2023, doors 4.15pm

RNCM Lecture Theatre

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Our new series of Research Forums will be livestreamed from the RNCM YouTube channel. The audience has the opportunity to hear presentations from academics, performers and composers, and to engage in the exchange of ideas that follows. Talks usually last about an hour, including a Q&A session. Join us in person or watch this session livestreamed.

Though less commonplace than its fretted cousin, the fretless guitar inhabits a range of musical genres and cultures around the world. A leading exponent of the fretless electric guitar, Rich has explored the expressive potentialities of this instrument through a range of creative endeavours, including: collaboration with composers; the development of new techniques, timbres and notations; application within improvisatory ensembles; use in commercial contexts; microtonal musics; and intercultural collaboration. By drawing from concepts of affordance and collaborative creativity, this talk will provide a critique of Rich’s work with the fretless electric guitar to date, as well as offer insights into the ways in which ‘fretlessness’ – when viewed as a ‘state of practice’ – might benefit the modern guitarist.

Free admission, no ticket required.


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Wednesday 15 March 2023, doors 4.15pm