Scherzo TR808
Published 20 March, 2018 by JT

Scherzo  TR808

So I have been writing a work called Scherzo for a Drum machine Concerto which was played in Village underground on the 18th of March.I had the privilege of working with the conductor Jessica Cottis and the Non Classical orchestra and 4 other composers Max De Warner,Lawrence Osborn, Josephine Stevenson and Beni Giles. In this post I just wanted to give a quick overview on how the work was written , what I had in mind.As most of my followers know I work with fragments of sound, I come from a back ground of quite abstract electronic music. A lot of live work and a lot of sound transformation. This challenge was interesting for me as a composer as it offered me the chance to expand electronic sound into and out off the orchestra. I did this by structuring gaps in the orchestration for the frequencies of the drum machine to pop through bounce out of. I stayed away from phrasing in the writing and worked with quite dynamic volume changes, in both the part for the drum machine and the orchestra. When I was playing my set live , there was one layer of the part which was scored through midi and another which was a live set on top of those midi notes to break into their structures and offer a rupturing of the speed and dynamic volume range. I was also using grains from my voice in rhythmic patterns to morph into the beats. There was no transformation on the vocal material other than simple desk manipulation of mid range , bass and high frequencies.There is a photo above which shows me working the drum machine. I think there might be a recording of the work out , and I will share it to all interested when it come through. Thank you for all your interest in my work, it its alway appreciated, Jo

A Warmer South
Published 16 March, 2018 by JT

A Warmer South

A warmer south,sunset at 18.06 today. sunrise 6.13 am.
Very excited for Sunday is going to be great, some really smashing works being played.
Love the idea of this gig, the people playing , the ethos behind , and the love of the TR8 I really want to one as a permanent fixture of my studio.
If you are around and are coming along, come and say hi, would be great to see you. Non classical are a fantastic organisation , come and see them and support them, well worth it.

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Published 05 March, 2018 by JT


So as you can imagine , it has been very cold here , very cold indeed, not much walking to be had,rather still but that can be good sometimes.
I have been working on music , a new job and getting ready for the 17th and 18th of March where I am playing the drum concerto with the TR-8.

Sound walk on Saturday , I have been finishing off the podcast from woodbury wet lands and trying to control my will to make it abstract, its a sonic abstract journey as there are drones of traffic,water,rumbles coming from the sky and me talking. I've integrated some of my friends work as she is an amazing composer and I think that people will love her.
I will post up this weeks sound walk later tonight, It will be from highbury down to regents canal.

Bye for now,

Published 25 February, 2018 by JT


Great day yesterday,freezing here in London, but I'm really glad I'm inside.
So I had a good review from the zine magazine TQ this week,
Andy - the editor of the zine gave an interview and I was asked about how I wrote Random feathers. It is really well done and at least a couple of pages print, I'm very pleased about this.
Andy Wood the editor of TQ said the work was a beautiful meditative sound reminiscent (in part) to Brian Eno, Neroli' and Eliane Radigue's work.'
I find this really interesting as I have never been compared to either in the past so my music and process must of changed, I think change as with life, is an on going process so I'm not surprised.
Go to go and stretch my legs , so I think now is the time ...

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