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Help with compos(t)ing

Posted on October 5, 2013 with 0 comments
I was recording at the Blue Bear Studio complex with John Shortis. Noticing this book lying around, he wondered wryly if I'd bought it thinking it said 'A Practical Guide to Composing'. I'm sure there are processes common to both disciplines…

OK - how about this: gather, combine and layer material, leave it for a while, turn it over/re-arrange it, leave it alone and perhaps forget about it for a bit, come back to find out if it's turning into something with an interesting texture and hopefully nourishing content…
 btw, we were working on this Jigsaw Theatre Company project: Michael Francis Willoughby in Elohgulp. John was composting some music for it. I was quite chuffed to get a mention in Canberra's City News review for  'great sound effects' - it was a nice sound design assignment involving Sad and Sorrowful Wails and a Great Big Snorkelling Roar, plus a generally damp and drippy subplugholian soundscape for the world under the essbendible [...]
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All over the place...

Posted on December 6, 2012 with 0 comments
The MAMAS are on tonight: that's the MusicACT annual awards, where The Pocket Score Company is a finalist in the 'Best Four-Piece Male Vocal Ensemble Doing Mostly Renaissance Repertoire Plus A Dash Of Newly-Composed Music And The Occasional Bit Of Tom Lehrer' category.
The awkward but worthy 'classical' stuff will be dealt with early in the evening before the serious fun begins, so whether or not we triumph, I can get a nice early night so as to be daisy-fresh for a carol concert in Coburg VIC with Mike Jackson on Saturday. Jetting thence to Jugiong NSW for a Sunday concert with Cassidy's Ceili for the launch of Stevi James' new book. Read all about it in the Cootamundra Herald:
http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/story/1155843/new-local-literary-talent-to-launch-book-in-jugiong

the night cafe

Posted on May 21, 2012 with 0 comments
Here's the new website for the night cafe, who I recorded here at Blue Bear Studio.
www.thenightcafe.com.au

‎...and more guitars...

Posted on March 18, 2012 with 0 comments
The Guitar Cases return to work on songs for a forthcoming CD.
At the Blue Bear Home for Retired Amplifiers the poor old Selmer Truvoice combo has been working overtime, trying to keep up with Andrew Tatnell's merciless Fender Twin...
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Guitar-Cases/128126533878357

David Yardley's new mediæval carol CD

Posted on February 21, 2012 with 0 comments
The recording sessions for David Yardley's CD of his new mediæval songs and carols went well, in the company of some fine singers (some fully imported from Sydney) and sound engineer Kimmo Vennonen. Good to hear what other soundpeople get up to - you always learn something!
www.davidyardley.com.au/main/page_new_medieval_songs.html


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