I have always had a passion for music in its many forms and I have been actively composing and recording music since around 1985. I have also enjoyed success as a live performer in various bands over the years ranging from playing drums as a teenager to keyboards and guitars in a function band around the east of England. I've always had a deep interest in the technology of music including the production, recording and engineering of music and sound. I have had some behind the scenes theatrical experience providing musical/special effects, percussion and music for amateur dramatic groups. I have also been active in the world of production library music where I have had a number of works used in the world of TV and media worldwide.
In recent years I have been studying music with the Open University to augment my practical skills. This has covered in-depth study in the following areas: Understanding Music; classical harmony, form, styles, elements & techniques Technology of music; sound theory, acoustics, digital audio, MIDI, musical instrument history/construction and the history of music notation. In February 2010 I commenced another course:- From composition to performance: musicians at work (AA302). On the 16th December 2010 after 9 months of study including 5 written assignments and a 3 hour examination I successfully completed the course. This was combined with the earlier course A214 resulted in me achieving a Diploma in Music. This is in fact a step qualification towards a Degree in Humanities with Music.
I write and record at my modest, but nonetheless highly specified, home recording studio using software based recording and audio editing/mastering suites. Full details of my equipment can be found in the equipment section. During 2009-13 I am converting an outbuilding at my home into a studio. I am keeping a diary of the progress which can be viewed here: >> Studio Build Blog <<
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