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Annea Lockwood


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Annea Lockwood (born July 29, 1939 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a New Zealand born American composer. She taught electronic music at Vassar College. Her work often involves recordings of natural found sounds. She has also recorded Fluxus-inspired pieces involved burning or drowning pianos.

Annea studied composition and completed a B.Mus with honors from Canterbury University, New Zealand. She went on to study composition at several institutions around Europe with notable teachers: The Royal College of Music (London) with Peter Racine Fricker, the Darmstadt Ferienkurs fur Neue Musik with Gottfried Michael Koenig, the Musikhochschule, (Cologne, Germany) and in also Holland. During the late 60’s and early seventies, Annea performed and composed around Europe but made London her home. Her compositions featured non-conventional instruments, such as glass tubing and burning, moss covered pianos, which she described as sound sculptures, and presented in performance pieces with other sound poets and integrated choreography. Lockwood is most well-known for “The Glass Concert” (1967) which was published in Source Music of the Avant-Garde then recorded and released by Tangent records.

In the 70’s Annea began to compose what could be considered performance art pieces, though her work was still situated in the realm of music; they are considered so because the essence of the compositional ideas made the audience and environment agents in the piece.


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  • djb1993djb

    One of Annea Lockwood's actual 'scores':Find a shallow pond with a clay/other hard bed in an isolated place. Slide upright piano into position vertically, just off-shore. Anchor the piano against storms, e.g. by rope to strong stakes. Take photographs and play it monthly, as it slowly sinks.

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • catsinspace

    ...i gotta go to the bathroom

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • trtb

    her field recording work is sublime but i think "glass world of annea lockwood" is really the highlight of her output. regardless this woman is amazing and i love her.

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • helloimjoshua

    The Sound Maps releases are her best works in my opinion. And her new release on the Housatonic River is quite lovely.

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mahleria

    Random internet dude said her work isn't particularly good, so guess it's not particularly good.

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • surajsharma

    incredibly dope, both danube and hudson albums but esp the danube album

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • kitestring

    Her field recordings are nice.

    10 Jul 2012 Reply
  • insomniacme

    not particularly good

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mahleria

    Distressingly few shouts.

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • kmullin

    refreshing & fun

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Sgarre1

    "Soundmap of The Hudson River" is one of the greatest things ever recorded and has sent me to sleep on many an occasion. Thank you, Ms. Lockwood.

    25 Jan 2010 Reply

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