Composition

Mitchell Newton is a young composer based in the scenic Blue Mountains West of Sydney. Mitchell's music has many stylistic inspirations both musical and non-musical. Mitchell has won a number of awards and competitions for his work, see below for examples of his practice.

A predominant idea featured in Mitchell's music is the use of musical space as a compositional element, taking ideas from acousmatic composers and pieces and applying them within the world of acoustic sounds. Although Mitchell does have a keen interest and experience in composing with electronics his practice is most often concerned with live, reactive electronics. These pieces are generally created with the sound of a live instrument or performer rather than the pre-recorded sounds of acousmatic composition.

Other influences on Mitchell's music is his history of performance in a diverse range of styles and genres (including classical, jazz, metal and folk musics such as Spanish, South American, Eastern European and East/Central Asian), science (especially physics), visual arts and poetry.

If you are interested in Mitchell's music and would like to learn more leave a message at the contact page.


Arrangements

As well as composing Mitchell works as an arranger. Most arrangements are for solo guitar or guitar duos/trios/ensembles but arrangements for other instrumentalists or ensembles are available. For examples of work or more information leave a message at the contact page or send an email.


Examples

Voices in the Night is set to poetry by Dan Hoeweler and performed by Emma Pearce (Voice), Ben Gray (Saxophone) and Mitchell Newton (Electronics). The artwork was created and provided by Callan Micallef. More information on the piece is available in the YouTube description.

Forest was one of the winning pieces for Matt Withers' Australian Music Composition Competition and was recorded by Matt Withers. As part of the competition all entrants had to base their music around the artwork "Forest" by Sue Needham seen the in video.

Affected Impressions was recorded with the Penrith Classical Guitar Club, a community music club of classical guitarists of a wide range of abilities and was conducted by Mitchell.

Affected Impressions.mp3