COMING TO THE NEW LANDS

I’ve never been to America, certainly never to 20th century New York, yet in this piece, another from my concept album Cosa Nostra, (made using samples of ‘found sound’- i.e. using sound samples I ‘found’ then captured and manipulated to create music/sound art) I needed to recreate the flavour of the city as it would

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Questions & Answers

Clever Jennifer Paetsch, who writes and produces the brilliant online comic book ‘Little Monster Girl’ (https://wordpress.com/tag/little-monster-girl) asked me if I would take up the challenge, and answer four Friendly ‘Share Your World’ Chat questions. So, that’s what I’ve done. What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person? The Sea, wherever

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GOT THE BUTTER, NOT THE BREAD

(old pic I’ve messed about with) There was a seriously dense blanket of fog the other night. Everything was silent apart from the foghorns of the ships passing through The English Channel.  Eerie sounds, some in the near distance, other miles out a sea. Sound travels well in fog. I never got to sleep a

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SAMPLING FOR BEGINNERS

A lot of people have asked exactly what the sample packs Zoolon Audio sells are all about.  For the uninitiated in musical composition the answer is, as defined pretty well on Wikipedia, “In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or

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ON THE EDGE

Here’s an experimental track I made using samples (if it helps, made in Bitwig).  I called it ‘On the Edge’ because that’s how I remember I felt the day I composed it.  I was under attack from an overload of thoughts. The sort of thing we all suffer from time to time. Those times when

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SAILING THE NORTH ATLANTIC

Set in 20th century days of ocean liners crossing The Atlantic this piece of sound art, ‘Sailing the North Atlantic’, using samples of ‘found sound’ (i.e. using sound samples I ‘found’ then captured and manipulated to create music/sound art) is another from my Cosa Nostra concept album. The album was themed around a storyboard I

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AN IMMENSE LYRIC

It is a rare and supreme lyric that can double-up as a poem. Lyrics tend to rely on words of just one or two syllables. Generally, that way words fit a melody, or a melody fits the words. Also, songs rely a lot on repetition which sometimes makes reading the lyric without the music sometimes

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THE UNIMAGINATIVE POLTERGEIST

‘When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth,’ the words of Sherlock Holmes, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and popular with the odd philosopher stuck for an answer. I was stuck behind a hearse and limousine funeral procession the other day. I didn’t mind having to drive so

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‘HOW SOON NOT NOW, BECOMES NEVER’

  ‘How soon not now, becomes never’ was a remark thrown my way a lot when I was a kid. It was meant to remind me that putting something off generally meant that the ‘something’ never got done. It was only years later when I found out it was a Martin Luther quote. I adapted

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‘DO GEESE SEE GOD’ – THE SOUND OF A PALINDROME

“All aspects of sound are considered part of a single, unified musical time; everything can be reduced to the arrangement of pulses, and in electronic music, composition extends to the composition of the sounds themselves.” Karl Heinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) With Stockhausen in mind I decided to experiment with the palindrome, DO GEESE SEE GOD, exploring

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