snapshot of score of Short Change

Short Change for brass band

Good morning! 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.

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 — is slowly progressing.

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

We recently had a session recording ‘live’ videos of four songs. 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 line now, three on YouTube: Therapy Session, The Magic Tellingbone and Happy Family; and the last one on Facebook: Evening Call.

Our gig at Biddle Bros. in Hackney on 22 July was very successful (apart from one song which fell apart, causing us to restart it!). There was a good crowd who were very responsive and gave us a great reception. We did some new songs and gave the first performance of my own Kapadokya — the first non-Ramsing composition ever played by Psychoyogi! (The main tune for this comes from a piece I wrote back in 1995 for The Europeans. The quickest route to it from here is the Listen page: under ‘And finally, here is the music...’, look for The Europeans: The Turks Are Coming.)

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 Short Change, but a large owl perched on my wrist.