World Premiere

March 28, 2013

Yesterday I attended the world premiere of a commission I’d written. Read the rest of this entry »


That Cantata Thing…

December 15, 2012

OK, I failed. Technically.

I haven’t produced and published a Christmas Cantata at all today, and 7:00pm was my deadline. Read the rest of this entry »


New Toy – Theremin

November 15, 2012

I have a new toy. Some time ago, a friend bought a Theremin online. When it arrived, he was dismayed to realise he’d bought not a fully functional instrument but a kit. I’m the sort of geek with a soldering iron and weakness for musical oddities, so having discovered the thing languishing in his attic, he passed it on.

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Cantata Progress – or lack thereof.

October 7, 2012

Hey ho, it’s now only weeks until I should have finished and published the Cantata which I set myself to complete this year. Instead I have a number of promising lyrics supplied by my brother and four bars of original music. Read the rest of this entry »


Another New Project – Computer Science

June 15, 2012

I just started something new. Messing around with my mac, some synthesis and effects stuff, and finding I had a couple of hours to kill… this happened.

Oh, I know it’ll sound good but go nowhere in the end. That’s entirely not the point at all. Right now, it’s fun and different. That’ll do.


I’m in a Blues Band.

February 7, 2012

It’s odd, and yet unremarkable. I enjoy making music, and I like being with other musicians, and I like making money.

So, joining a band with gigs on their books and a good reputation makes perfect sense. Read the rest of this entry »


Structure and Punctuation

January 20, 2012

I’m writing a Cantata. I have 330 days left.

Thanks to the efforts of Jimm Rennie, I’ve been able to get a sort of outline in place, and I have two major melodic ideas I’d like to develop further.

The problem now arises that I’d rather like to get started with the writing. Read the rest of this entry »


New Year!

January 1, 2012

Here is my contribution to the New Year celebrations – a fanfare! Read the rest of this entry »


Cantata

December 29, 2011

I’ve been doing a little research. Those who know me will be surprised at this news.

It would appear that I’m closer to my goal of writing some Christmas devotional music, albeit a little late for 2011. I had a moment of inspiration, realising that instead of a full blown oratorio, I could quite possibly tackle a cantata. Read the rest of this entry »


Starting up a choir

December 26, 2011

So we went carolling in a couple of pubs, and the results were pleasing if fairly low-key. We were sitting around on Friday night after doing some singing, reminiscing and complaining. Read the rest of this entry »