Tag: Classical Music

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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NO MORE A VENDETTA

This is a track from my concept album ‘Cosa Nostra’. Basically, this album was an exercise in Found Sound (i.e. using sound samples I ‘found’ then captured to create music/sound art). The album was themed around a storyboard I created. A bit like Romeo & Juliet except the families at war are both 20th century

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THE OUTBOUND ROAD FROM HELL

  I was late to discover the word ‘scoundrel’. Don’t know why, I just was. Google says the word first appeared in the 1580’s, spelt as ‘skowndrell’ and of unknown origin. A couple of years back when I needed just one crucial word to complete a lyric I was grateful to the posh old lady

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RED MIST

Not counting bombs, of all the rotten things that fall out of the sky, I think rain ranks third behind seagull poo and giant hailstones. It’s just an old demo but I thought an angry song for a horrible dark, misty, rainy New Year’s Day might fit the mood, unless of course it’s hot and

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JUST A SHADOW ON A WALL

  I think I took this picture in Nantes, France. Anyway, another demo song recorded in a bedroom from a while ago when access to a studio was not always easy. Not that professional of me I know, however more studio recorded new music is on its way as I’m recording new songs all the

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