snapshot of score of Music for an Imaginary Ballet

Music for an Imaginary Ballet for jazz/rock sextet and orchestra

Good evening! Welcome to my web site, where you can find out about my music, and listen to some of it, as well as my various other ventures over the years.

My new MIDI mix of Double Entendre, using the much better brass and piano sounds now at my disposal, is finished. Although these sounds are far superior to those I used before, I had to make a few compromises due to the lack of some of the proper brass band instruments, mainly the horns in the middle (tenor, baritone, euphonium), but it seems to have worked out well — it’s certainly a vast improvement on the previous recording, so I’ve now added it to YouTube and SoundCloud. Full technical details are available on the Double Entendre page.

Meanwhile, the first movement of the new orchestral version of my 1977/85 Trumpet Concerto (for trumpet and brass band) is complete. The second, slow movement — dedicated in memoriam Duke Ellington who had recently died when I wrote it, with the soloist playing a flugelhorn and featuring bits of Ellington’s lovely Mood Indigo floating in and out of the textures — got a bit stuck, so I have temporarily laid it aside to attend to some smaller projects (such as the new Double Entendre mix). I hope to be be resuming work on it shortly.

Psychoyogi News

(For newcomers to this site, along with the activities described here, I also play fretless bass guitar in Psychoyogi — see my Biography.)

The ‘live’ videos of four of our songs have been well received and appreciated. These were not in front of an audience, hence my scare-quotes, but we did play and record in real time — it was all done in our drummer Jonas’s bedroom! It was good fun, if a little tricky to negotiate the stands for three mics, three cameras and three lights in a very confined space — but we managed. They’re all on YouTube: Therapy Session, The Magic Tellingbone, Happy Family and Evening Call.

We (and, we think, the audience) really enjoyed our Shropshire gig on 7 April, at the Hermon Chapel Arts Centre in Oswestry. A lovely place, and a nice, responsive audience who actually listened to what we were doing — a nice change from the usual pub gigs. No further gigs lined up just at the moment — watch this space…

Our current album, Shrine, is still available to download and listen to on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon (among others?).

Older News

Apart from all that, naturally, this web site: explore my works, read my biography, keep track of your harp pedal settings, and see what’s on the various other pages. You can also get in touch with me via the Contact form. And for those with a taste for historical technical curiosities, there’s even a page about my NotaFile document — and the document itself.

As well as listening to my MIDI recordings on this site, you can visit my channels on YouTube and SoundCloud to hear the same MIDI realizations of eight of my works, and see the same YouTube videos as you can see here, to get a glimpse of the scores (in most cases). These pieces are available: Hall of Mirrors V, Bebop, lovesongs, The Bossa Nova Variations, Return of the Son of the Bebop Variations, Variations on a Theme of George Harrison, Music for an Imaginary Ballet, Five Pieces for Saxophone Quartet and a little musical joke called Porterstraum.

Also on the Listen page is my standard disclaimer about MIDI recordings, and a note about browser compatibility with the players for YouTube, SoundCloud and plain MP3s embedded in these pages.

 
And in case anyone’s wondering, what I’m actually looking at in that photo is not the score of Music for an Imaginary Ballet, but a large owl perched on my wrist.