Research Seminar: Dr Natalie Williams

Research Seminar: Dr Natalie Williams

The ANU Music Research Seminar is a weekly event normally held each Thursday at 3.30pm in The Kingsland Room on Level 6.

It is the premier forum for academic staff, invited guests and postgraduate researchers of the ANU School of Music to present their work.

Dr Natalie Williams

“The forgotten teacher – retaining contemporary musical sketches within a digital artistic world.”


Sketch studies can provide valuable insights into the generative process behind the creation of new artistic works. In music, sketch study sources include a composer’s manuscript, letters to publishers, revisions to scores made following a premiere performance, and notes taken from collaborations with conductors and co-creators. The rise of digital platforms to compose, record and produce music within the past two decades, has meant a change in the transmission methods of these valuable sources and a potential loss of teaching resources for future students and researchers.

This paper addresses changing platforms for the transmission of creative musical ideas, the influence of sketch studies on the development of young composers, and a suggestion for future management of creative ideas within a digital world. The paper will address the impact of the digital world on the transmission of artistic ideas and suggest a model of best practice to permanently retain the working notes of creative artists who work on digital platforms in a rapidly changing artistic environment.


Dr. Natalie Williams is a lecturer in music composition and theory at the Australian National University School of Music. Her research output includes work on counterpoint in the twentieth century, applied composition and compositional pedagogy. Her music has been performed by ensembles across Australia and the Unites States including the Berkeley Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Melbourne Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. Recent commissions include a new work for the Canberra Symphony Australian Series and the National Carillon. She is the director of the “Women in the Creative Arts” conference, to be held at the Australian National University in August 2017.


20 minute paper presentation, with PowerPoint slides, ten minutes for questions.

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