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Quangle Quadrille of the skies – an Adopt a Composer post

My latest blog post about Adopt a Composer – Quangle Quadrille of the skies – can be found on Making Music’s Adopt a Composer blog.

On compiling a text

The wonderful Caitlin Rowley wrote a few months ago about writing her own text for her piece Breadcrumbs. At the time I thought the concept of crafting my own text was very far off and difficult, and thought she was being very daring and creative. I’ve always played it rather safe when it comes to…
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A Quangle adventure

My latest blog post for the Adopt a Composer project, A Quangle adventure, can be read here. I had a wonderful time at the Quangle Wangle Choir’s workshop. We’ve now narrowed down the theme of the piece, and are working on the text. More updates as the piece progresses..!

The blurred lines of music, science and nature

I’ve always felt there were blurred lines between music and nature, as nature seems to be where I get my most instinctive compositional urges – inspiration, ideas and snippets of music. If I’m not feeling particularly creative and am in need of inspiration, a walk out in the world will normally restore my mind more…
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Taking the time to be creative for yourself.

As artists, we tend to work slightly crazy hours, and never really switch off. For the majority of practitioners, it’s not for the money, the prospects, or the security (ha!). It’s because it’s something we love. It’s a good job we love it, too, as we tend to work such long hours. In the majority of cases, artists have…
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Why doesn’t C sound like D?

I’m talking about keys of course – not the notes themselves! We all have favourite scales and keys. My current ones seem to have tonic notes between C and E flat. Why is that? Why, when we tend to use an equally tempered scale, does one scale sound differently to us than another? There are…
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The obligatory new year post

This year, I avoided writing a reflective post about 2012, or a forward looking one about 2013. Much happened in 2012, and lots will happen in 2013! Instead I want to instead share a few quotes with you. None are specifically musical, but are all relevant to all creative people, and refer to both our…
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Building Blocks – Excerpts

Building Blocks is one of those pieces that, although destined as part of a suite of works, could easily work as a stand alone unit. When I couldn’t stop hearing the beginnings of Building Blocks in my head, I knew I had to get working on it. In previous posts I have written about my…
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Bells in the Rain

I’m in the middle of writing a post on my latest orchestral piece, Building Blocks, but I thought I’d quickly post a link to my contribution to the Art Song Project – Bells in the Rain. I was inspired to write the piece when I came across (and subsequently fell in love with) the poem…
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To excerpt, or not to excerpt?

In the modern musical world, there are so many different elements music creators have to juggle in every element of their work. Once the final piece has been sculpted, however, another question arises: How do you share it? After the last series of blog posts I uploaded, containing excerpts from Scenes from a Train, I…
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