Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Edith Cowan University


Refereed paper from the Inaugural Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference


The following is a retrospective of the work of Western Australian born composer Lindsay Vickery. The paper examines the composer's diverse output in composed and improvised instrumental and electronic music and multimedia works. A nine digit string of numbers that the composer calls a "cypher", ties together a significant portion of Vickery's output for almost two decades of compositional activity, but the sense in which these works are about something else is palpable in each and every one. Iconic pieces where a serial-like method is an anathema and cypher based pieces all seem to point to a structure the composer refers to as mind-like, often influenced by a back story that injects meaning into the music