• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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
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    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…

  • Culture Novels
    Influences,  Music,  Solo

    A Lament for The Culture

    I’m currently coming towards the end of the month’s challenge to create short musical pieces and accompanying photographs based on prompts from FMSPhotoADay. The results so far can be found on my previous post on the subject, but I thought…

  • Oddities
    Music,  Solo

    Sounds like a Picture

    I thoroughly enjoyed June’s Photo-a-day challenge, coming up with something musically-related for each of the diverse prompts. This month I’m making it a little more complicated and challenging by attempting to accompany each photo with a short piece of music:…

  • Obscurities Cover
    Every Photo Tells...,  Featured,  Music,  Podcast,  Solo

    Obscurities

    After some fine-tuning of the music from the ‘10 Weeks : 10 Sounds‘ project, I have compiled it into an album that is now ready to download from Bandcamp. The music is embedded on the right-hand side of this site,…

  • Everything together
    Instruments,  Music,  Solo

    Some Loose Ends

    The challenges may be over, but the music keeps coming! The weekly deadline to the challenges meant that some pieces that I started were left incomplete, so that I ended up at the end with 8 or 9 tracks in…

  • Rührtrommel and SoundBrush
    Instruments,  Music,  Solo

    Sound Brush and Rührtrommel

    I thought this last challenge was going to be more fun and less challenging than it turned out to be. A quick glance at SoundBrush gives the impression that it could be quite a usable application, a more visual take…

  • Piano, Ocarina & Rainstick
    Instruments,  Music,  Solo

    Piano, Ocarina and Rainstick

    The piano is certainly the least unusual of all the instruments used in this set of challenges. We have a digital piano (a Yamaha Arius), which can technically also produce string, organ and choir sounds, but I wanted to try…