Tag Archives: Composing

Present and past, new and old, now and then.

How to celebrate 37 years, and counting, of composing and publishing music? This is the question I have been pondering for a number of weeks and then everything became clear as I was editing some new compositions. The idea is … Continue reading

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I like to compose standing up

During the past month I have been working on a couple of commissions for percussion ensemble. One brief was for five players using a limited number of instruments with an idea of the performance experience of each percussionist specified. I … Continue reading

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The troubles and life of technology

Using technology and the consequences of the use of technology from Martin Jones. Continue reading

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First and last – recognising the ISMN

Cartoon by Andy Pitchforth  Around 20 years ago I invested in the International Standard Music Numbers or ISMN (for full details please see http://www.ismn-international.org/ ). The ISMN is similar to an ISBN for a books but specifically designed for notated … Continue reading

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Introductions and links

In recent weeks I have made more connections around the world through various channels and for those new acquaintances, as well as for the benefit of more established colleagues, hello and this is what I’m up to. If you read … Continue reading

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A change of…

anything can help with creativity, for me travelling, visiting and experiencing different situations inspires many ideas. Intermittent blogs at the moment as I am visiting different parts of England and only a short hello today as there is so much … Continue reading

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The Drum – history and promotion

  In 1995 I was commissioned to write music for percussion ensemble with narrator for the Rotherham Schools Percussion Ensemble. The ensemble had four up and coming performers who were destined to become professionals supported by other enthusiastic students. The … Continue reading

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Freedom

Now that Deranged Drums on Digital Vistas has been completed what next?  The organising of a recording and premiere has to be finalised but what to do with the stream of ideas for new compositions that keep arriving each week?  … Continue reading

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With constraint comes freedom

Creating any artistic work normally starts with a blank piece of paper, canvas or empty screen.  Having some sort of loose idea of what the final work will be, a framework, template or structure to work in can help creativity.  … Continue reading

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