Tuesday, August 30, 2005


I kept playing with the little tune from the 20th, and ended up with a set of mini-variations. Although these diary pieces aren't intended for any particular instrument, I found the basic sound I had in my mind for these evolved from my usual default sound of piano, to cello (my own instrument). I guess the variation theme ties in with the comic strips I'm working on at the moment, as they tend to be variations on one basic gag.

It's such a relief to be off work at last, even though I spent the first couple of days laid up with a horrible bug. The extraordinary tension of the Ashes didn't help me relax either! But now I'm just feeling at last like I can rest and maybe stop just feeling exhausted.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

The value of failure

Well, to be honest these are fairly purfunctory and not too inspired, but part of the point of this is to rid oneself of the fear of writing bad music. If it turns out bad, it can be ignored. If you worry too much about whether what you produce is any good, you'll end up producing nothing. Good writing starts with just writing.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

A break from the muties

time's very short at the moment as I try to start getting all the tasks done which have been looming over me for a while now. So just a very quick sketch yesterday, I daresay I'll go back to the line I've been drawing for the past week or so - or maybe not. That's the point of this really, there's no agenda or plan, just whatever pops into my head.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Mutante encore

The accidentals just seemed to creep in.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

A nice lazy weekend to celebrate my entry into middle age. Just did these couple of things, the first another mutation of the last few entries, the other the half remembered outline of an idea that popped into myn head on the way to the pub before the football on Saturday. It was a very good idea, of course I didn't have anything to write it down on at the time. So this is an impression of a lost moment, really.

Friday, August 12, 2005

A line further

It continues to mutate... what will happen next?

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Taking a line for a (shaky) walk

I seem to have hit on a pattern here. I may continue this train of thought for a few days, it's a bit like automatic writing in a way. I like the idea of abandoning clear rhythm or co-ordination of the lines, it seems to open up a fresh landscape.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Sometimes being helpful can be a real pain. Memo to self - learn to say no more.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Sunday night ramble

Very tired today, entertained a visiting brother this weekend. This morning we watched with gritted teeth as England nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the second test. The relief when we finally took the last wicket and won by the slimmest of margins (two runs!) was extraordinary. And people say cricket's a dull sport.
At the time of writing, haven't yet done today's piece, I'm struggling to stay awake at the moment, but I should try and get something down before I collapse, especially as I missed out on Wednesday. So many things to do, so little time or energy...

Monday, August 01, 2005

To speed or not to speed

I keep an A5 sketchbook with me pretty much all of the time, and that's where I generally put these diary pieces, along with sketches for larger ideas. Up til now I've written out the entries nice and neat to post here, as the handwriting in the book can get pretty scratchy, (depending what kind of state I'm in at the time...) but today I thought I'd scan the latest efforts straight from the book, see how it comes out.

So far most of these things seem to come out as slow pieces, although I've tried not to indicate speeds etc too much, to leave plenty of leeway. Today's piece is unusual - the way I've notated it suggests a slow tempo maybe, but I actually imagined it reasonably fast as I was writing it. There's no reason it should go one way rather than the other, though.