Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Chant



I've been reading a book about Buddhism recently. It's very interesting, although I'm unsure how far I can accept it - I'm naturally inclined to scepticism, I guess. I have been experimenting with chanting though, which does help restore calm in moments of stress, I'm finding.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Fred The Clown


Not a bit of music, but I felt like sharing this page of original art that I bought off the insanely talented and hideously undervalued Roger Langridge. I thoroughly recommend that you buy Fred The Clown, because it's brilliant.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Tail chasing




A line which starts out trying to stretch out but ends up going round in circles, which pretty much reflects what kind of day I've had.


My friend Indy has seen a preview screening of V For Vendetta, the latest attempt by Hollywood to film the work of comics genius Alan Moore. Unfortunately, it looks like they've once again completely missed the point of what the bearded wonder is on about. Still, Indy did concede that although it's terrible, it's not as bad as the excrable film version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, so that's some scant comfort.

I've been practising for KSO's upcoming performance of Mahler 5, and what a bugger to play it is. I console myself with the knowledge that it's all worth it. I've been lucky to meet and speak with some wonderful musicians and composers over the years, but there's no substitute for actually playing music to make you understand how it works. I think a lot of composers suffer because they don't get enough experience like this, not simply because it's the best way to understand how (in this case) an orchestra works, but because music making is a social experience, and if you don't have first hand knowledge of that, I don't think you can ever really hope to write anything worthwhile.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Been a while... due to several factors. Laziness, of course, plus the fact that most of my compositional thoughts are currently directed towards a large piano piece, which means that I'm tending to sketch ideas towards that rather than this. Also, I've been getting the website together for my comics, which you can see here. I've also finally got a recording of the piece I wrote for Kensington Symphony Orchestra's 50th season, "The complete consort dancing together", which you can hear by clicking on the title.