Category Archives: composition

Writing with Light and Time – An Interview with Michael Finnissy

Back in May 2010, I did an interview with Michael Finnissy for What Next? Magazine about the piece he was working on for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Writing with Light and Time Michael Finnissy’s new work for saxophone quartet … Continue reading

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Formative Experiences #2 – Doctor Who

The sad death of Geoffrey Burgon, composer of the incidental music to two  of my favourite Doctor Who stories, Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom, a couple of days ago prompted me think about writing something about … Continue reading

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Recording Session at Styal Mill

I spent all day yesterday at Quarry Bank Mill on the Styal Estate, close to Wilmslow, Manchester doing some recordings of looms, spinning wheels, mules, steam engines, waterwheels a spinning jenny and a flying shuttle. The lovely people at Styal … Continue reading

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String Quartet

I finally decided that my string quartet is finished a couple of days ago (snippet above) and wrote the parts out and sent them to Voxare, who will hopefully be playing the piece in New York some time in the … Continue reading

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The Haunting (1963)

While I was writing my previous post about realising the potential of sound and music in radio drama, I was reminded of the 1963 film version of The Haunting. I recently re-watched this film for the bizillionth time after finding … Continue reading

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I Love Radio

I love radio. Like ’50s sci-fi, The Beatles, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Quatermass, John Wyndham and Doctor Who, it’s something I got into because of my dad.  As a kid he would regale me with his reenactments of Journey into Space, … Continue reading

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Shopping for Gear

Although in many ways producing music has never been easier due to DAWs, notation/publishing software, cheap hardware etc. , it has meant that the composer, in order to compete against the millions of good composers out there – and, in … Continue reading

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