Tag Archives: Music Composition and Performance

Old School Digital

Had a lovely day recording The Blue Daze trio last month in a church hall on a quiet Sunday afternoon. The trio is piano, bass guitar and drums with a repertoire of mostly original music composed by my brother John. … Continue reading

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Garage clearance

In the composition the sounds are not used to represent existing percussion instruments, the rhythms are written to suit the materials, read more about the process of creating the music. Continue reading

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Compose, record, distribute

April 28th 2003 was the launch date of a new legal service to access digital music.  iTunes was available in the United States of America and the cost per track was just less than a dollar (still the same 10 … Continue reading

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Compose, Perform, Publish

Thirty-two years ago I manufactured and published (when I look at the state of what I produced I’m not sure I would use that description now) my first books: Little Suite and Ten Xylophone Solos for solo percussion with piano … Continue reading

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How do you solve the problem of…?

Not quite the lyrics from the chorus of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song, but a phrase that is asked, and if not asked, often deliberated over, by many people.  To find an answer, I use the process that has helped … Continue reading

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Trying to make sense of it all

  The blog this week is very short but includes a pictorial representation of the influences, experiences, history, employment and directions I have journeyed (and am still travelling) along during my professional career.  The word count may be small, but … Continue reading

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Conversation and Inspiration

It could only happen in Barnsley but I hope similar activities are happening all over the country.  Last Thursday started off as a normal day, had to stop in a lay-by on the way in to work and write down … Continue reading

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A Step Too Far

During the past few months I have been experimenting, considering and reflecting upon processes of composition that could inspire the new work Deranged Drums On Digital Vistas.  As you can tell from the recent blogs, it has not been going … Continue reading

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Accidents and Discoveries

Another accidental discovery this week, Welcome to Spring, a work I recorded with colleagues from the Max Jaffa Orchestra in the early 1980s, now rescued from a deteriorating cassette tape, solo part re-recorded and posted to SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com/music-54-4/).  The process … Continue reading

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Are musicians listening?

Visiting schools, colleges and universities during the past few years has allowed me to reflect on how I got the music bug, and how are musicians being inspired these days.  Talking to music students, watching how they work and listening … Continue reading

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