Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology

Dr CD Jeffery

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6318
E-mail: jeffecd@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • DMus (University of Cape Town, 2017)
  • MMus (Stellenbosch University, 2005)
  • BA Mus (University of Port Elizabeth, 1999)

Currently teaching

  • CST2601: Music Technology I: MIDI
  • CST3701: African Composition Resources
  • CST3706:Music Technology II: Digital Audio

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Music theory
  • Music technology
  • Film music

Field of Specialisation

  • Music composition
  • Music technology
  • Film music

Paper presentations

  • 2017. Writing new music for South Africa’s oldest feature film: reimagining identity through film music in De Voortrekkers (1916). Pretoria, South Africa: University of South Africa Research and Innovation Month.
  • 2016. Rescoring a classic South African silent film in the 21st century: the identity politics of musical style. Pretoria, South Africa: Unisa School of Arts Triennial Conference.
  • 2016. Urban African music as expression of racial and cultural identity in South African film, 1949-1962. Los Angeles, USA: Long Beach Indie Film, Media and Music Conference.
  • 2016. Rural African music as expression of racial and cultural identity in South African film, 1936-1967. Bloemfontein, South Africa: South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) Conference.
  • 2012. Circular symmetry: symmetrical twelve-note modes of alternating intervals, and what to do when you meet one. Pretoria, South Africa: North-South-South Conference.
  • 2012. Circular symmetry: symmetrical twelve-note modes of alternating intervals, and their place in musical practice. Pretoria, South Africa: South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) Conference.
  • 2010. A semiotic investigation into dialectical opposition in Schoenberg’s Third String Quartet, first movement. Port Elizabeth, South Africa: South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) Conference.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Chair, NewMusicSA, 2013-2015 
  • Honorary life member, NewMusicSA

Projects

  • DMus (composition), University of Cape Town (December 2015 graduation) 

Other

Performed works

  • String Quartet (2014). Performed by the Paz Consort at the CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, 6th August 2014, and at the Nazareth House Chapel, Pretoria, 13th August 2014.
  • Movement for Viola and Piano (2010, rev. 2015). Performed by Jill Richards and Waldo Alexander at the 2015 New Music Indaba, Bloemfontein, 23rd July 2015.
  • De Voortrekkers Film Score (2016). Sound and video installation at the 2017 New Music Indaba, Pretoria, October 2017.