Roland Barthes, composition and the public/private creative continuum

There now, that’s more the sort of title you’d expect from a PhD student, isn’t it? Don’t take this as a sign that I know what I’m doing now, though, because I really really don’t, and part of the reason I’m writing this post is to get my thoughts in order because I think I’m […]

The deep sea of ignorance

Three weeks ago I started my PhD. I knew that there’d come a point when I felt adrift on a sea of ignorance, but frankly I hadn’t expected it to happen quite so soon! I think all research projects go through this stage. You start out, full of eagerness and anticipation, reading everything in sight, […]

(Re)writing for radio

Taking the visual out of an interdisciplinary composition

Zero to Infinity: Fear of the ephemeral

Performance, art and why some artworks should be allowed to disintegrate

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

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.

Considering improvisation

When 'Good Enough' is good enough.

Adventures in amateurism

In which I realise how embracing my 'amateur' skills could open up new areas for composing

Justifying normal

Experimental music in a standard recital format? Why I'm considering it for Crossing Dartmoor...