research

Major keys

Damn, i struggle real hard to write major key, happy sounding pieces! composing with my year 5 collaborators has been tricky, because their ideas are so cute, and what I like to compose is darker, i like the tension of major/minor, suspending, and then finally, maybe a  resolution… Anyway, after Read more…

By Bobbie, ago
inspiration

Sampha

Don’t fail me now, I need your wishes, wishes, wishes Don’t fail me now, I need your wishes, wishes, wishes I imagine those golden skies Window down and we’re caught in flight You can let the breeze, let the breeze cool you And I hope the wind blows out those Read more…

By Bobbie, ago
research

cracking on

March time. Spring is here! I have literally 2 months to compose 4 pieces of music that make up the Selly Oak District Commission. I reckon I’ll be able to do it! I’m clearer about two pieces I need to write. I have nearly completed the Bournville ward piece, I Read more…

By Bobbie, ago
research

research – hang on in there

Whilst at uni I remember hearing a wonderful string sample on Ugly duckling’s ‘I did it Like this’ track. I’ve been dusting off some vinyl and was transported down memory lane… It’s taken from Mike James Kirland’s super funky, socially charged LP and track of the same name ‘Hang On Read more…

By Bobbie, ago
inspiration

Alice Coltrane

“At the heart of her music and life was a deep spirituality and a generosity of spirit, rather than an overbearing ego.” Listen in to a great portrait of her life on BBC radio 3.     

By Bobbie, ago
carillon

Carillon

As part of the for-Wards Selly Oak district commission I am collaborating with creative writers in Bournville ward to compose a short piece for carillon. I’ve never written music for bells/organ before so a new and exciting challenge (well crotales once). We had a fab workshop with Trevor Workman end Read more…

By Bobbie, ago
orchestration

Lili Boulanger

Have had a weird week. Feel drained, so was a pleasure to study a Lili Boulanger score, Vieille Prière Bouddhique which sets a buddhist prayer. Just what I needed. Very calming! I like the dove tailing and how the choir blends well with the orchestra. Hypnotic!   Nam Myo Ho Read more…

By Bobbie, ago
creativity

Feeney Fellowship

Since receiving the Feeney Fellowship late last year, I have made contact with some very exciting and experienced sound artists who work with field recordings. I’d describe my compositional practice as being primarily concerned with instrumental music, but I do dabble with music production and samples. I wish to learn Read more…

By Bobbie, ago