BBC Reith Lectures 2006 – In the Beginning was Sound

In the Beginning was Sound (well it is called the Big Bang) St John said, “In the beginning was the word”, while Goethe claimed that, “In the beginning was the deed”. But Daniel Barenboim contends that In the beginning was sound. This year the BBC Radio – Reith Lectures were given by Daniel Barenboim Shall… Read more »

Mozart’s Melody Machine

I have been fascinated with stochastic composition methods for a long time, there are some wonderful ideas and theories that I have seen or thought up over the years and it appears I am not alone. This comes from an article entitled Math Trek: Mozart’s Melody Machine by Ivars Peterson at Science News Online The… Read more »

RIP Syd Barrett

By now you will probably have heard that Pink Floyd’s legendary founder, Syd Barrett has died at his Cambridgeshire home. Here is a quote from the New Music Express… The singer, 60, who suffered from an LSD-induced breakdown while at the peak of his career in the Sixties, died last Friday (July 7). It has… Read more »

Alert: We are talking about alerts

As some of you will know I am one of a trio of contributors over at the Duggup blog. The rationale is basically “live music isn’t dead… YET”. Anyway, running this new site is producing some amazing results. Not the least of which is, I wrote a post about an Italian musician last Sunday and… Read more »

Real World Studios Remixed Competition

Real World Studios started out as Peter Gabriel’s “home studio” and then like all good toys, grew like topsy. The studio has recorded (apart from Peter Gabriel’s works) , AfroCelt and Flook and a ton of other artists as well. They are celebrating twenty years of Real World Studios by making available a sample pack;… Read more »

As Slow As Possible

As Slow As Possible (ASLSP or ASAP) is a musical piece composed by John Cage in 1985 for piano. Typically a performance of the piano piece lasts for about 20 minutes. Around 2 years later Cage reworked the piece to be played on an organ. Move forward in time about ten years (a mere eyeblink… Read more »