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 [...]
"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.
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 of Jan.Here he is performing [...]
Digging out some vinyl I haven't listened to in a good while. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ-QneSUMqU
Crank it up!
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 Ren Ge Kyo!
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 [...]
Skip to 1.50. On repeat. "Mama can you carry me!"
Great lyrics. I don't normally notice them in songs, but I couldn't not connect with them. Really striking!
Mission to the Land of Misplaced Words: "Shebeen Sounds" Shebeen Sounds research period will collect, via audio and photographs, folk songs, music and the associated memories that accompany them. The audio will form the basis of a soundscape that is played throughout the public residency and the images will form part of the visual projections [...]
Yes ESKA! Nice chords, on repeat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WBNcfBssI8
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).
For some time now, I've been really fed up with hearing about (mostly) bad news via the media, so typed 'good news' into my browser a few weeks back, I came across this website, The Good News Network. I like the following news stories: 1. Five Things We Need To Teach Our Girls About Female [...]
RIP Dilla. Discovered Dilla's gem via Jill Scott's latest offering: Drums are sampled from The Detroit Emeralds: