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Key words: minimalism, patterns, modules, composition process

This project uses my current composition practice, which I may describe as minimalist, as a starting point to develop a forward-looking composition process in terms of more creative and robust means of processing the material, interaction with the context, and means of creative presentation, thus creating a unique and personal creative style that reflects updated contexts of contemporary music composition. This new process is modular with a basis on pattern languages first developed by Christopher Alexander in the field of architecture.


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  • Event date
    • 10 November 2018

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • 'Presenter Biography:

      Raphael Mak started composing at the age of 14, and has now completed around 30 works of various instrumentation ranging from solo works to symphonies. After graduation from Wah Yan College, Hong Kong, he studied music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2015, a master’s degree in urban planning at the University of Hong Kong from 2015 to 2017, and now studying a master’s degree in music composition at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Mak’s composition style has evolved from “New Age” to “pantonality” to “minimalism”. His Orchestral Piece for a New Era was performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bright Sheng in 2015. Mak is also an active player in orienteering (a sport involving running with map and compass), and has been selected as a member of the Hong Kong Team several times. He established the Metropolitan Orienteering Club in 2014.