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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9. A Sketch

If you visit the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere, you will find a pencil sketch by the artist Constable, depicting a day of turbulent weather in the Lakes. The artist uses a range of drawing techniques to capture this scene: flurries

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8. Blue

A track by track blog on the music from “Days of Sun and Days of Rain” – a consideration of the music and some reflections along the way This piece explores the concept of blueness in some of its many

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