New CMP composition: although 'Memory Music' is fun, it also has a serious purpose: for the elderly and sufferers of dementia, memory is a vital component in their sense of self. 'Memory Music' is a stimulant for this sense. Listen here.
Section 13, Ramblings About Music, 'Contemporary Sounds' completed and uploaded.
Ramblings section on Contemporary Sounds is in the process of being added, updated daily until finished. Then, only two sections to go.
New Forum added for chat, suggestions, news, questions.
You'll see this website take on a magazine format over the coming months with news, features and reviews.
Organised sound: organised in such a way to play on the brain's responses and these would be pattern; memory and natural sound. A combination of these three would be interesting to say the least.
I completed the Offa's Dyke Path and what a great experience that was. The last section was through the beautiful and spectacular Clwydian mountains, atmospherically misty then bright sunshine for the conclusion in Prestatyn. Travelling light and without a companion to chat to, I ended up talking to myself and making a short audio diary for the last two stretches: What Will Music Be? and The Spirit of Music. These are edited and on the appropriate Ramblings website pages for you to listen to.
A delight at the end of the walk was to find a silver sculpture gleaming against the sea and sky. Called 'Ends and Beginnings', it represents the rising sun in the east for dyke walkers just setting off, or the setting sun in the west for finishers such as myself.
The first draft of the first ten chapters is written and web-published. The next few weeks will be necessary to complete the final five of Ramblings About Music. After that - any interested publishers out there?
I've just completed and uploaded Chapter 8 of 'Ramblings' and have three more to write over the next couple of weeks, before the last stretch of the dyke path in mid-September. I will be sorry when this project is concluded - but then I think, hold on, one thing that is emerging from it is the basis for a whole programme of new compositions. Surveying and journeying through all the musical topics involved gives a real sense of what possibilities like ahead. I suppose that is one point of making a journey or pilgrimage, namely that you take the experience with you thereafter.
Current Ramblings About Music now getting close to perhaps the most interesting aspect of this work, namely the way that the brain responds to music. Looking at the borderline between the art and science of music is proving to be a really rewarding exercise. The Offa's Dyke walks are great, too. Welshpool to Llangollen just completed; last stretch up to Prestatyn will be mid-September.