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 more about this realm to […]



Public art as social engagement | Ed Woodham



The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam

Liking the new Thundercat LP, and my, hasn’t he collaborated with some greats: Herbie H, FlyLo and Miguel Attwood-Furgson, (quite a few of them are buddhists – just saying).



Study Scores

Love that it’s easy to follow scores and listen to audio on youtube. It has been an amazing educational resource for my post-grad studies. Here’s some of today’s listening: Wojtek Blecharz — Small Talks Claude Vivier – Zipangu I like the use of texture and how there is also strong melodic content. I don’t get […]



You are the protype

Outkast day! “I hope that you’re the one If not, you are the prototype We’ll tiptoe to the sun And do thangs I know you like”.   Yes Andre 3000! Spacey Addressed to Erkah Badu’s ma: GhettoMusick:



Life After phase 1 of for-Wards

Phase 1 of for-wards is done. It’s lovely to have space to think about other things.   Love this: and this, circular breathing whilst playing two saxes:



String Arrangements

I have been asked to compose string arrangements for Lizzie Emeh’s new LP. I thought I’d find this quite easy as my compositions tend to be quite melodic, oh how naive of me! So as the stress levels have increased (writer’s block) – I decided to take a day off working on the tracks, start […]



Adrift

Image by Ruby’s Treasures. A piece I have written for string quartet and soprano is being performed at 9.15pm at Warwick Arts Centre, after their Nocturne performance. The piece is called ‘Adrift’ and the words are written by Warwick Uni student/poet Miss Ella. Here’s a wee snippet, I am still buzzing from how beautifully the […]



Chef Concertino

At the start of the year, I was fortunate to have an orchestral piece called “Chef Concertino” performed at Birmingham Conservatoire. The composition department has an annual competition where composition students can submit works to be performed; the best 6 are chosen. My performance incorporated two passions: food and music. It featured my chef uncle […]



Summertime sum up

What beautiful weather! A year ago, I met a Swedish lady in London (on the bus I think), who said the main reason she decided to stay in the UK was down to the summer of ’76. She told me she had been longing ever since for another glorious summer like that to return. Maybe […]



Hiatus

Been a while since I have blogged. A lot has happened. Let’s keep it short and sweet:



Respek Vanley: Music Workshops Sessions 3 & 4

We are getting there… thank goodness for that, as I’m having the trippiest dreams as the pressure is on. Young people have written two original sets of lyrics for songs using the riddims of Steel Pulse and Burning Spear, I have an  a capella idea for the final ditty, we have one session left to devise/rehearse, […]