April 4, 2019

Welcome to the fourth instalment of my series on getting your composition career off the ground. In my previous post, I warned of a long delay... I wasn't, however, expecting a two year delay!

Today we're discussing orchestration; that is, the art of putting sound toget...

May 28, 2017

Hello, everyone! I've been absent from ye olde blog for a while due to my move across the pond.

I'm still waiting for my computer to turn up--turns out that you can't really take an iMac as carry on luggage and I had to send it via snail mail. Which, of course, means th...

March 27, 2017

Apologies for the awkward title... I've been doing a bit of GRE review and I'm up to my ears in analogies and test techniques. Which means that my head is spinning from all the useless garbage I'm having to put into it. If you know me at all, y...

March 18, 2017

When we talk about form in music what we're talking about is akin to grammar. (What is a phrase, after all, but a musical sentence?) Any good bit of writing, from academic essays to Shakespeare, has a solid and easily discernible structure. It threads concepts and...

February 26, 2017

I can tell you what I do, how I do it, and the skills I developed over time to allow to compose. But you are the one who is ultimately going to have to make it happen.

February 12, 2017

On using cyclic themes/motives to bring cohesion to large compositions.