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Summer Reflections

I’ve just returned from a rather pleasant trip back to my hometown of St. Ives, down in (thankfully this time anyway) sunny Cornwall. Having a day free from projects and other commitments, I decided to do something that I haven’t done for some time, namely, to visit an art gallery. As I spend most of […]

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Ordering Creativity

Some of my recent freelance composition work has seen me writing exam pieces for a large worldwide music examination board. As a result of this, I was asked with other colleagues whether I’d contribute tips for composition and creativity to be included in their resources section for students. A rather wonderful feature of the board’s […]

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Eclectic Guitars?

Just what would Bach have done with an electric guitar? The perfect question for a musicians’ pub debate over a drink or two! Whilst we ponder whether or not he would have jumped at the chance to write for the instrument and what any resulting composition might have entailed, I’d like to look at something […]

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Writing for New Instruments

One of the most fulfilling experiences available to composers is the opportunity to collaborate with designers of new musical instruments, composing new music to practically test their characteristics and to help develop the instruments and repertoire further. The processes involved with research and development are as beneficial to the composer as they are to the […]

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Voyage of Discovery: Potential Collaborations?

  A very fruitful way of inspiring new creative journeys is to take something unfamiliar and start working with it. This could be something as broad as a new genre, style, theory, medium or piece of technology. The act of having to negotiate with something different will cause you to apply a new ways of […]

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Doing things differently

During a recent conversation with colleagues, chatting about compositional process, it dawned on me that as creators we all have very unique and personal ways of working. Whilst finding a comfortable and productive creative method is a great benefit, it is perhaps all too easy to slip into continually using the same approach and potentially […]

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Social Media: Friend or Foe? – An interview with Marc Yeats

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.    Social Media: Friend or Foe?  – An interview with Marc Yeats Back in June, I read a news article regarding a concert given by pianist Krystian Zimerman in which he took issue with an audience member […]

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Inspiration for all!

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Reflections on the Birmingham Conservatoire Study Visit OCA students and staff joined colleagues from Birmingham Conservatoire for a day of rehearsals, debate and reflection, culminating in a concert to mark tutor Andy Glover’s recent birthday. Such […]

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Compositional Process, Technology and Reception: An Interview

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Following on from my past blogs regarding compositional tools for students, I want to take a look at how technology can affect the process and, in turn, the reception of a composition. Last December I happened […]

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Virtual Possibilities

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Last year I wrote several blogs investigating tools for composition students, specifically those in distance learning environments, and recording possibilities for composers needing realisations of their work. Taking the concept of recording parts separately a step […]

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