Tristan is a mature music graduate from Dartington College of Arts, Devon and has subsequently completed an MA in Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University. Tristan has recently completed a CTLLS Music Educator Course at Access to Music and a PGCE at UCS, Ipswich. He has experience of teaching both BTEC/A-level music technology to level 2/3 standard (16-18 yrs and 19+) in institutions such as Access to Music (Norwich), Suffolk One and Suffolk New College. In adition to helping composition students build their portfolios, he has planned and delivered sessions on synthesis, sampling music theory and live performance. Tristan has recently branched out into Media Studies studies teaching (to Level 3 and Level 2 standard) and has enjoyed teaching 'Radio' and 'Employability' modules to non-musicians. He has worked as a Media Specialist Cover Supervisor for Da Vinci Studio School of Creative Enterprise in Letchworth. Outside of formal academia he has presented workshops at WI's in London and Norwich (Golden Triangle Girls WI and Gothic Valley WI) on 'Female Pioneers of Electronic Music'. The aim of this workshop was to re-address the gender imbalance in the field and discuss the often-overlooked accomplishments of female composers such as Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Pauline Oliveros and Laurie Anderson. The idea was to open up electronic music and sound art to those who have been traditionally excluded, and try and encourage my students to take up a new hobby/interest.
John Cage workshop @ Access to Music, Norwich. Jan 2013
Included introductory workshop to prepared techniques. Using John Cage's prepared piano sonatas as a jumping off point participants were shown how to prepare a guitar using everyday household objects. Using Catridge Music as a baseline participants were shown how to amplify everyday objects through contact mics. Workshop concluded with a group performance of Christian Woolf scratch piece "stones" using the limitations of stones from my garden to create unique sonorities.
Inclusive Learning and Increasing gender participiation in Music Technology @ Access to Music, Norwich. March 2013
Filmed in 2012 at a college in East Anglia as part of a teacher training module. The lecture voices my frustration with the gender bias of music technology and aspects of the hidden curriculum that few at the time were willing to acknowledge. I decided to investigate how to make my classes more inclusive through primary and secondary research. This lecture would later inspire a series of single sex lectures for the WI on Female Pioneers of Electronic Music at Gothic Valley WI (2013) and Golden Triangle Girls WI (2012) in Norwich. The outcomes were published independently via 'academia.edu'. The Female Pioneers of Electronic Music lectures were later adapted for Recast Music Education, Norwich and are currently available as a private curriculum resource for students on the Level 3 Music Educator Program. The resource takes the form of a streamed lecture which was filmed in 2015, the video features the fabulous music of Catnip and Claws who provided an short opening electronic music performance.
'Female Pioneers of Electronic Music' Presentation/Workshop for Golden Triangle Girls WI, Norwich. June 2013
Presentation celebrating the talents of female pioneers of electronic music who have been traditionally overlooked/excluded. A chronology of artists discussed including Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Pauline Oliveros, Christina Kubisch, Laurie Anderson, Marina Rosenfeld and Chicks on Speed. Included Elektroplankton demonstration exploring Oram's ideas of drawing of sound, Deep Listening exercises, Kubisch inspired electromagnetic Telephone Coil pick up experiments and a Laurie Anderson style voice manipulation workshop.
Female Pioneers of Electronic Music (A female only Lecture/Workshop for Gothic Valley WI) @ The Shaftesbury Tavern (534 Hornsey Road), London. Thursday April 10th 2014
Presentation celebrating the talents of female pioneers of electronic music who have been traditionally overlooked/excluded. A chronology of artists discussed including Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Pauline Oliveros and Laurie Anderson. Activities include the interpretation of Deep listening fluxus scores, and using the Ipad to explore Granular Synthesis.
Female Pioneers of Electronic Music: Challenging gender roles in the classroom @ Create, Norwich. July 3rd 2015
Presentation celebrating the talents of female pioneers of electronic music who have been traditionally overlooked/excluded. A chronology of artists discussed including Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Pauline Oliveros and Suzzane Ciani
Tristan Burfield Chiptune Artist Talk @ First Site, Colchester. November 2015
Participants created a totally unique 1 minute performance using Chiptune style Gameboy Camera Selfies (created by the audience). This involved the live coding of a VJ Patch which creatively utilizng the 12 notes of the keyboard
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