Positive changes: Exploring the I Ching for composition
You may recall that when I was first working on Crossing Dartmoor, I experimented with dice and other chance techniques to create and develop musical materials. At the time I wrote about how unexpectedly liberating that experience was, and I’ve continued to use some of the systems I worked with at that time in my […]
RPM Challenge album complete!
1200RPM:RPM2015, an album of new electro-acoustic work, is now online and available for free download
RPM Challenge 2015 is on!
Back in 2012, I signed up for my first RPM Challenge, subverting the format slightly to compose 10 new works (which turned out to be 9 new works plus 1 new arrangement due to unexpected concussion) for 10 different performers who then all recorded their pieces for the album Lucky Dip. That was a fantastic experience for […]
2015: My Year of Fear
Last year I ‘followed my fear’ to successfully break new ground with my work, so this year I’m dedicating myself to seeking out new areas of insecurity to see how this approach can help develop other areas of my practice.
When 'Good Enough' is good enough.
Breadcrumbs video and a new project
I’m delighted to say that the video of Breadcrumbs at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival is now online. It’s missing a couple of bits at the beginning, but gives a pretty good idea of how the performance turned out. Many thanks to Tête à Tête for arranging for it to be recorded. Performers: Charlotte Richardson, […]
Breadcrumbs success at Tête à Tête
I am delighted to be able to report an excellent reception of Breadcrumbs, my dramatic monologue for unaccompanied soprano (with cor anglais introduction) at this year’s Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival at Kings Place on 10 and 11 August. Performed by Charlotte Richardson, soprano, and Clemmie Curd, cor anglais, the piece was directed by Omar Shahryar and […]
Adventures in amateurism
In which I realise how embracing my 'amateur' skills could open up new areas for composing
Experimental music in a standard recital format? Why I'm considering it for Crossing Dartmoor...
Chance vs choice: Composing with dice
A roll of the dice gives a fresh perspective on composed material