The Doctor Terumi Narushima Session

In this fascinating Session, Dr Terumi Narushima talks to us about the personal challenges of embarking on a career in music, how a chance encounter at a conference impacted her decision to undertake a PhD, and some really good advice for school leavers and undergraduates about the importance of doing what you are passionate about.

Microtonality deals with the notes that fall between the cracks. Instead of semitones being the smallest interval between two notes, you get microtones – between the semitones. I am interested in making music from these other possibilities. Instead of assuming that music is just made from the notes you get on the piano, for me it was like opening up a whole palette of new colours. Why take it for granted, why don’t we find our own new building blocks that have not been explored yet to make a new type of music? I mean, that is why I became attracted to this area as a composer.

Listen to the Interview with Doctor Terumi Narushima

Q&A with Doctor Terumi Narushima…

What is the title of your PhD: Mapping the Microtonal Spectrum Using Erv Wilson’s Generalized Keyboard

Where did you complete your PhD: Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

What year did you graduate: 2013

What undergraduate degree/s have you completed: Bachelor of Music (Honours); Grad. Dip Education (Secondary); Master of Music (Composition)

What is your job title, today: Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Wollongong

Professional Works

Microtonality and the Tuning Systems of Erv Wilson, London, UK and New York, USA: Routledge, 2017

In a Pentagonal Room, Clocks and Clouds (Kraig Grady on microtonal vibraphone and Terumi Narushima on microtonal harmonium), Archives of Anaphoria 003, 2013

Composition Hidden Sidetracks, commissioned by Ensemble Offspring; premiered at Sydney Opera House, 2011; released on CD “Between the Keys”, 2013; broadcast on “New Music Up Late”, ABC Classic FM radio, 2013.

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