Ideas

Thinking about things

How to write a symphony

ideaHaving recently composed a symphony, for better or worse, I was reminded of an old WikiHow article, and thought I'd offer my own how-to guide...

Once upon a time

idea'Once upon a time' is a powerful way to begin something - a talk, a novel, a film, even a business presentation - but why?

Why NFTs are just like stories

ideaNon-fungible tokens are a fascinating new technology that’s disrupting the art world and beyond. Drawing upon Walter Benjamin’s essays, I look at their relevance to music, and surprised myself with my conclusion.

The Fire of Olympus: Director's Statement

ideaLogline, director's statement, and trailer for the feature film of my opera, 'The Fire of Olympus; or, On Sticking It To The Man'

The Fire of Olympus: Synopsis

storyA short synopsis of the plot of my opera (and feature film) 'The Fire of Olympus; or, On Sticking It To The Man'. Warning - spoilers!

Composing 'Herakles'

storyA short article about how I set about composing the music for my oratorio 'Herakles', written for the DVD booklet accompanying the film of the piece.

Origins: Ezdeyev

storyWhere I found the ideas for the character Ezdeyev in my opera 'Rest In Peace'

But what is it?

storyAn article written for the tour programme for my opera 'Madame X'. The title refers to the inane question asked of an artist by one of the characters in the opera, about one of his paintings.

Top 10 tips for composers

ideaFor Sound & Music's "Composer's Toolkit" I contributed ten tips on how to earn a living ... as a composer. Tricky!

How I raised the funds to put on my new opera

storyHow I raised the funds to put on my opera 'Emily' - originally written for Norman Lebrecht's Slipped Disc.

Composing 'Emily'

storyI was warned that it would be 'the hardest thing you’ll ever do' - little did I realise...

Without Steve Martland, I’d have been an accountant…

storySteve Martland was my first composition teacher. He sadly left us in 2013. Here's my obituary, originally written for Norman Lebrecht's Slipped Disc website.

Uncommon Wealth

An article written for the premiere of 'Common Wealth', commissioned to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Le gâteau d’anniversaire

interviewAn interview with CNIPAL director Ivan Domzalski, for the first performance of the opera 'Le gâteau d’anniversaire'

Numbers Stations

ideaWhat could be more innocent than a cab driver, casually listening to his short-wave radio? What could be more innocent than a cab driver, casually listening to his short-wave radio? It’s perfectly plausible. But what if...

A brief history of Usenet

storyBack in the old days, before TikTok, before Reddit, before Google, even before the web itself, we had Usenet. And we were grateful for it! Tell that to kids these days and they'll never believe you.

Composing Corley

storyEvery now and then, something comes along that makes you think, ‘Ah, that’s what the Internet is for!'

Location, Location, Location?

storyAn article on the connections that bind composers together - written for the programme for the very first concert given by Radius.