snapshot of score of Five Pieces for Saxophone Quartet

Five Pieces for Saxophone Quartet

Good afternoon! 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.

Whoo - new look! I hope you enjoy the new colour scheme (for which at least partial thanks to my wife Mary, who has just described it as ‘Rupert Bear’!). I thought the old look was getting awfully dreary and it was time for a change (it’s also simpler this way, technically speaking). While I was at it, I updated quite a bit of the text.

Meanwhile, 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 added it to YouTube and SoundCloud. Full technical details are available on the Double Entendre page.

I finished the first movement of the new orchestral version of my 1977/85 Trumpet Concerto (originally for trumpet and brass band) a little while ago, albeit subject to any revisions that might arise in the light of what follows in the other two movements. The second, slow movement — dedicated in memoriam Duke Ellington who had recently died when I wrote it — is also now done, at least in a first draft. This movement has the soloist playing a flugelhorn and becomes a kind of meditation on Ellington’s lovely Mood Indigo. The finale is well under way and getting quite exciting: I decided from the start to include a 5-string fretless bass guitar and a drumkit in the orchestra, and they’re both getting some proper use in the last movement.

Psychoyogi News

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

Our set now includes a piece of my own, Kapadokya, which was developed from one of the tunes I originally wrote for The Europeans back in 1995. It’s a sort of perverted pseudo-Turkish dance, and seems to be going well. This is, as far as I know, the first non-Ramsing composition Psychoyogi has ever played!

Our gig at Biddle Bros. on 7 July, supported by The Adventures of Parsley, went OK, in spite of the heat. And we had a last-minute open air gig on Sunday 15 July at Stoke Newington Common, which also went OK (although in spite of the preceding paragraph it was a short set which didn’t include Kapadokya). The only gig lined up at the moment is at our South London haunt the Birds Nest in Deptford on Thursday 27 September, where I gather we’ll be supporting another band so it’ll again be a shortish set.

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.

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 Five Pieces for Saxophone Quartet, but a large owl perched on my wrist.