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This, Here, Now: Invitations to Improvise


A collection of text invitations for improvisation performance and practice

Conceived for use by musicians, dancers, actors, performance-makers, theatre-makers, composers, choreographers, poets, artists, and any other working in the performing arts (and beyond), these texts are offered as stimuli for practical work in the studio, on the stage, and in the rehearsal space.

They can be approached as scores or structures, research questions, discussion points, reflective tools, provocations, experiments, meditations, poems, or in any other way that practitioners might find useful and stimulating.

How to Play Mariana



Text Score for ensemble of musicians, dancers, or actors. 




Text Score for musician and solo instrument.

Video Essays and Digital Papers can be viewed by following links.


(under review). McPherson, D. H. J., Catherin, B., Sappho, M. (2024). Making Mychorrizal Noise: Hypermedia, Digitality, and Interpreting the Parafictional Universe of the Noisebringers.


(in press) McPherson, D. H. J. (2024). Environmental Reciprocity in Improvising Practice. Cultures of Sound. Huddersfield University Press.


McPherson, D. H. J. (2023). Listening like an Improviser: Composing In the Studio with Collaged Acoustic Free Improvisations. CeReNeM Journal, No.8


Weiss, R., Sappho Donohue, M., McPherson, H., Catherin, B., MacDonald, R., (2023). Foutraque: Immersive cyber spaces through AR and telematic music performance with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.


McPherson, D. H. J. (2022). More Than One Thing: A Practice-Led Investigation into Transdisciplinary Free Improvisation in Sound and Movement [PhD]. University of Huddersfield. 


McPherson, H. (2022). This, Here, Now: Invitations to Improvise.


McPherson, D. H. J. (2021). Meanings in the Moment: Nonsense and Narrative Interactions in Transdisciplinary Free Improvisation. The Improviser’s Experience: Knowledge, Methodology, Communication, University of Huddersfield, in association with the Royal Musicological Association.

McPherson, D.H.J. (2021). More Than One Thing [Installation]. hcmf//


McPherson, D. H. J. (2021). Sounding-Moving Emergence in Transdisciplinary Free Improvisation. Emergence/y. A Sound Difference. Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2021.  


McPherson, D. H. J. (2021). “Spinning out world after world”: Considering transdisciplinary free improvisation as a practice of performative worlding. ReCePP/CMCI Research Colloquium, University of Huddersfield.


McPherson, D. H. J., & Sappho Donohue, M. (2021). Inventing the Language of Mush: How to Improvise a World. Cross-Genre and Locality. Rethinking Borders Symposium, Osaka University, University of Huddersfield [Online].


McPherson, D. H. J. (2020). Considering the Fixed Naming of Entities: Towards a Transdisciplinary Approach to Free Improvisation. CeReNeM Journal, No.7(Performing Stuff: Human-Entity Interactions in Contemporary Artistic Practice), 16–40.

McPherson, D. H. J. (2020). Ways Without Words: Thoughts on Presenting About Improvisation. Vision 2020 - Postgraduate Conference, University of Huddersfield.


McPherson, D. H. J. (2020). Fighting Fisher’s Matrix: Hierarchies of Awareness and Improvising Freedom. Capitalist Realism: 10 Years On, Symposium. University of Huddersfield.  


McPherson, D. H. J. (2019). Transforming, Translating, Transmitting : Stimulus to Response in Interdisciplinary Improvisation. Lines of Flight Seminar Series. Research Centre for Performance Practice, University of Huddersfield.  

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