Music

Songwriting, experimental music, etc.

  • Bunk Gardner: Sax solo
    Influences,  Music

    The Grandmothers at Porgy & Bess, Vienna

    This concert was billed as “The Music of Frank Zappa performed by Original Members of the Mothers of Invention”, which is a bit of a mouthful, but the band are basically the latest incarnation of ‘The Grandmothers of Invention’. Bunk…

  • Music,  Solo

    Patchwork Scriabin

    The wonderful Composer Quest podcast is celebrating the life of composer Alexander Scriabin (who died 100 years ago this week) by producing a version of his Prelude in A minor, Op. 11 No. 2 that features 68 different forms of…

  • Socksual
    Music,  Song Fu / SpinTunes

    Highly Socksual

    Our last SpinTunes song received a much better reception from the judges, though it still resulted in some widely different scores (which is a good thing, I think). This time around we came up with a piece that sounds like…

  • Kalimba & Blades
    Music,  Song Fu / SpinTunes

    Schnipp, Schnapp!

    Our new song, for SpinTunes round two, has now hit the net: I was very pleased with the reviews we received for our first round song, both from the official judges and from others who took the time to review…

  • Studio Drums
    Music,  Song Fu / SpinTunes

    Gag me with a spurtle

    The deadline for round 1 of SpinTunes 10 has finished and we have a new song! Despite having two weekends to complete the challenge, this one was submitted at the last moment as it took us a while to come…

  • Naviar Haiku Collection 3
    Music,  Solo

    The Ice Spire

    My latest piece of music is a long ambient piece that was inspired by a prompt at the Naviar Haiku project. They provide a weekly prompt of a haiku, set within a suitably atmospheric photograph, to which various musicians create…

  • Spintunes8
    Music,  Song Fu / SpinTunes

    The Unexpected Guest

    It’s SpinTunes time again and though I have not joined in as a competitor, I did offer up my services to the Boffo Yux Dudes, who have an ongoing tradition of carpet-bombing the last round of SpinTunes with ‘shadow’ songs…

  • Sid Smith String Quartet viii
    Music,  Solo

    Sid Smith’s String Quartets

    The new year brings a new musical challenge, this time in the form of a string quartet inspired by a series of rainy windows. Music writer Sid Smith has been taking photographs of the patterns rain makes on his office…

  • Oddities
    Featured,  Music,  Solo

    Oddities

    I had no plan to produce two instrumental albums within the space of this year, yet only five months after the release of ‘Obscurities‘, I’m delighted to announce the release of ‘Oddities’. This can be viewed as a direct sequel…