Traces of Play

Ambrose Seddon

Traces of Play has been performed in Bangor, Birmingham, Brussels, Leicester, London and Montpellier…

This work was inspired by the kinds of games that I have played with my young son during his early years, using toys along with everyday objects. I was drawn to the kinds of play that he engages with and the resulting outcomes and processes — repeating the same thing, exploring new possibilities / potentials, returning to the familiar, or trying something once and then moving on to find the next interesting activity. I wanted to adopt my son’s spirit of play in my musical explorations; to pursue the development of some ideas whilst leaving others less developed, open to a possible return but not necessarily bound to it. Many of the source sounds are significantly transformed, yet I hope that traces of the physical play underpinning the sound world remain tangible. Initial work on this composition was carried out at Elektronmusik Studion (EMS), Stockholm, and I am extremely grateful to everyone at EMS for their help and support while I was in residence. The music is dedicated to my late father, Peter, who was an inspirational creative practitioner and father, and who was always so encouraging and supportive of my work.

[Source: MR 2018]


  • June 2, 2017, Klang! électroacoustique 2017: Concert, Salle Molière — Opéra Comédie, Montpellier (Hérault, France)



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