Desmond Clarke (b. 1989) is a composer, performer and generative artist based in the North of England. Throughout his multi-disciplinary practice, Desmond’s work unpicks the relationships between underlying processes and their resultant forms at micro and macroscopic scales. Recent projects as of 2021 include an ongoing series of works using both fixed and live-generated video scores to explore the boundaries and overlaps between notated and improvised music. His recent visual work explores the limits of legacy printing hardware, using modern algorithmic processes to create structures and forms that articulate the friction between order and randomness found in the natural world.

In July 2021 Desmond received one of Sound and Music’s COVID-19 Composer Awards:

“The project this grant makes possible is a really exciting one for me, which had been massively curtailed by Covid. Being able to work closely with Erica Mulkern, my collaborator in this piece, is a fantastic opportunity after the year we’ve all had, and I can’t wait to get into the studio. More than that, though, this grant will allow both of us to explore a new part of our practice, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where it leads.”

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