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Terms of Occupancy

Laurie Radford

Programme notes

Terms of Occupancy began as an eight-channel variation and extension on the earlier work à la cire perdue. The title refers to the strategies and methods that bind me to the sounds I deploy as well as a preoccupation with multi-spatial determination for these sonic objects. It continues a line of work that seeks to bring together sounds and characteristics from seemingly disparate areas of my sound and music making activities. The challenge posed by the expanded possibilities for spatial placement and trajectory, first in eight channels, and then for the 5.1 format led to a substantial reshaping of the original sounds as well as a recasting of their compositional possibilities.


Terms of Occupancy was first realized in 2004 at the composer’s studio and premiered on September 11, 2004 during the Harvest Moon Festival at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall at Concordia University in Montréal. The revised 5.1 version was realized in 2005 at the studios of Université de Montréal and in 2006 at the City University London (England, UK), and premiered on February 13, 2007 at the latter.


  • September 11, 2004, Harvest Moon Festival, Salle de concert Oscar-Peterson — Campus Loyola — Université Concordia, Montréal (Québec)
  • Composer(s): Laurie Radford
  • Year of composition: 2004, 05-06
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • ISWC: T9034732508
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Duration: 10:08
  • ISRC: CAD500810480