Royal Marines ‘beat Retreat’ (1950)

So I’ve been thinking about my Deptford vinyl piece… last project for SaM composer residency too. Owner Ronnie Marrow said the river was a huge part of London’s developments, arguing that if the River wasn’t there Deptford wouldn’t be the place it is today, so ideas about docks, river, sea shanties, multi culturalism are spinning […]

vinyl deptford

I’m collaborating with Heart n Soul artist Robyn Steward to create a hyperlocal piece of music inspired by this little gem/oasis in the heart of Deptford. The sea makes up a large part of Deptford’s history, informs owner of Vinyl, Ronnie Morrow. So I’m currently listening and researching music associated with the Royal Navy docks… […]


I’m going to use my website more to serve as a brain dump for my PhD musings on ‘composing in a hyperlocal environment’. I’ve entered my second year of research and I’m currently thinking about the first year of fieldwork that has taken place. My project for-Wards is the main body of work, where 10 […]

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 ┬áresolution… Anyway, after a uphill struggle, i’ve been […]

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 had lots of amazing instruction […]

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 In There’. This track seems […]