David Pocknee: Composer


David Pocknee is a composer, guitarist, visual artist and writer. He is currently studying for a PhD in composition at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

More information can also be found here



We Doubled Down The Base Camps (2016) - for violin and cello, for Mira Benjamin and Gregor Riddell for nu:nord
But I Guess, In The End, We Just Moved Furniture Around (2015 - ?) (ongoing collaboration with Richard Craig and Angela Guyton)
I Can Do Better (2015) - for player piano, piano, video and electronics
Selfhelplessness (2015) - book
Nothing Is Surprising (2015) - for three performers
Cipher For The Lighthouse Twins (2015)- for two readers
MG3250 Performs Cornelis Cardew's 'Treatise' (2016) - album

Upcoming Performances

8 October 2016

I Can Do Better (Version 2) (with Ana Lemnaru and Leo Svirsky)
Piano Without Organs Festival
Three nights of new works for computer controlled pianos and small ensemble
October 7TH-9TH, 2016
Greywalls Hall
Raleigh, NC

Previous Performances

As Performer

23 July 2016

Weisslich Vol. 8
Hundred Years Gallery, London, UK

30 April 2016
Weisslich 7 Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester, UK

Previous Performances

As Composer

2-7 August 2016: nu:nord

5 August 2016 - 19:45, CAB Atrium We Doubled Down The Base Camps more info

6-19 June 2016
The Hague, NL
Residency for Digging Piece with Ana Lemnaru, Grzegorz Marcinak, Adam Basanta, and Maya Verlaak at iii.

29 February 2016
St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield, UK
But I Guess, In The End, We Just Moved Furniture Around for flute, played by Richard Craig

5 December 2015
CCRMA, Palo Alto, California
Great performance of the US premiere of Economics by hot karl, along with some writing about it:
Economics performed by hot karl



Composition Is Not A Jaffa Cake, Research Is Not A Biscuit: A Riposte to John Croft
An essay critiquing John Croft's Composition Is Not Research article from Tempo.

CeReNeM Journal

I edited the web-based fifth issue of the CeReNeM Journal.

This issue also features two pieces of writing by myself:

A Experimodern Coda to Human Sexuality

What Some Dead White Guy Did: A Topological Analysis of Beethoven's Pianoforte Sonatas

Better Know A Weisslich

As part of an ongoing series in which we profile the contributors to our Weisslich concert series, I have written some profiles on composers and performers we have featured:

Better Know A Weisslich: Kara Feely

Better Know A Weisslich: Charlie Sdralig

Better Know A Weisslich: Andy Ingamells

Better Know A Weisslich: G. Douglas Barrett

Advice for Experimental Composers

A Twitter feed offering advice for experimental composers:

Historically Ill-Informed Performance Practice

A podcast/documentary I wrote and recorded looking at the up-and-coming field of Historically Ill-Informed Performance Practice: https://soundcloud.com/musicaboutmovies/historically-ill-informed-performance-practice-documentary

The Institute of ACES

The Institute of Applied Cultural Economics and Sociology is an independent research organization designed to provide a platform for the use of cultural economics and cultural sociology as the basis for strategic interventions into the art markets.

Their website is here: http://www.acesinstitute.eu/

New Fordist Organization

The New Fordist Organization is a collective of composers, visual artists and performance artists, set up to apply the principles of mass-production, industrialization and mechanized creation, pioneered by the American industrialist Henry Ford, to the visual and performing arts. It is part of the The Institute of Applied Cultural Economics and Sociology, an independent research organization designed to provide a platform for the use of cultural economics and cultural sociology as the basis for strategic interventions into the art markets.

website: http://nfo.ricercata.org

Text Score A Day

A collective project. An experimental text score. 140 characters or less. Every day. Via Twitter. Between 2012-2013.

twitter page

Realtime Calendar

Rock Paper Scissors

In September 2015, I was lucky enough to participate in Inlets Ensemble's ROCK PAPER SCISSORS series of concerts as composer and performer. Check out the website below for more information.

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS was a concert series performed by Inlets Ensemble exploring sonic and conceptual strategies for creating music with simple, non-musical objects. Held at Audiotheque in Miami Beach during the summer of 2015, each concert focused on one object - rocks, paper or scissors - and featured an extensive program of historical and contemporary works.

Rock Paper Scissors Website


is a concert series for experimental music and performance started in 2014 and curated by composers Louis d'Heudieres, Michael Baldwin and David Pocknee.
... is a composer-run organisation that brings together work happening in and around experimental music and performance art
... puts on 3-4 concerts a year in London and Manchester that try to eclectically and unpredictably mix together people and work from different artistic disciplines alongside related historical works

More information can be found at www.weisslich.com

The Date of the next Weisslich Concert is:

We are currently working on programming our 2017 season

Much Too Much Noise

Much Too Much Noise is a publishing organisation that I run, dedicated to releasing concept-driven work in various media.



MTMN001: MG3250 Performs Cornelius Cardew's "Treatise" (Tray 1: Pages 1-94)

An inkjet printer performs the first 94 pages of Cornelius Cardew's Treatise.
Released: 2015-10-15

MTMN002: Selfhelplessness by David Pocknee

A "Choose Your Own Adventure" self-help book with no answers and which will make you feel worse after reading it than you did before.
Released: 2016-02-02

MTMN003: Sonification of the electric field average intensity in dB above background at 76 logarithmically spaced frequencies ranging from 616 Hz to 10085542 Hz, between the dates 19-01-2016 at 00:01:30.000 and 19-01-2016 at 00:58:30.000
by Beavan Flanagan

This album transmits in sound one hour's worth of data retrieved from Nasa's WIND spacecraft, which is currently taking measurements of radio and plasma waves occurring in the solar wind.
Released: 2016-02-02

The Zines:

Issue 1 - 9/11: Ten Years Of Sodom And Gomorrah
Issue 2 - Some Sadomasochistic Aspects Of Musical Pleasure