Sketches – the lowdown

  My latest release, “Sketches from Memory”, actually brings together four discrete collections of recordings.     They are: Guitar on a Train These pieces pay homage to all those guitarists in the 1960s and 70s who took the train

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How to … with Ableton Live

This month, I’m launching new series of tutorial videos – looking at how I make music using Ableton Live. There are literally thousands of freely available Ableton videos from the usual internet resources and many of them are very good

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We need to talk about … drummers

  I recently posted an article online about how I use drum machines in Ableton Live and a good friend commented “Use a real drummer”  Of course, I agree that a real drummer or percussionist is always going to sound

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Sketches from Memory

These new recordings of mine are largely autobiographical and recall scenes remembered from childhood days. I chose to try to capture the mood of these vignettes through music. The events they recall are not especially momentous or ground-breaking. Simple everyday

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12. The Glory of the Moment

Aura – the wonderful 1989 album by Miles Davis has been described by Allmusic’s editor Thom Jurek as “an amalgam of classical impressionism, European new music, jazz, rock, electronic and other genres”. A fitting description of one of my favourite

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11. Days of Sun and Days of Rain

This title track to the album was possibly the easiest one to write but, conversely, is the most difficult one to write about. The easiest pieces to write about are those where there is a lot of conscious planning involved

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10. Late Snowfall

A false spring is one in which a period of mild weather in late winter/early spring ‘tricks’ dormant vegetation into waking up early. Snowdrops and crocuses appear…then the skies darken, the temperature plummets, the winds gather strength and the snowflakes

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