Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen's Music
David Matthews

Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson is active in composition and improvisation. Hs is particularly interested in pieces that have explored structured frameworks in which human musicians work with a mixture of technology, composed material, random choices, theatrical miniatures, found texts from internet searches, and improvised material. He is particularly interested in ways of structuring musical and theatrical material by drawing on ways in which people have attempted to formalise complicated systems: computer programs, role-playing games, instruction manuals, finite state machines, flow charts, examination rubrics, engineering drawings, assembly instructions for flat-pack furniture, signage, etc. Sometimes he writes straightforward music for acoustic instruments.

Sample works

The Anti-Virtuoso
flexible ensemble (1998)

Three on the Floor
violin, cello, piano (1999)

“Her Fingernails Struck Carillons”
small ensemble (2001). Sample (IXION)

per second per second
percussion quartet (2001)

Brigg, Lincolnshire, 1906
piano and percussion (2008). Sample (Rolf Hind (piano)

Just Another
small group of vocalists (2014). Sample (CoMA London)

The Sense of an Ending
mixed instrumental quartet (2016)