We have now completed the recording, mixing and mastering of a new piece of creative music that myself and Eve Harrison (Manchester based trumpeter, classical composer) produced and performed for Durham Brass Festival 2014.
Electro-Brass was a commission by Durham Brass Festival through their Brass:Pitch commission series which looks at fresh perspectives on Brass Music. Given my love of playing with found sounds, I was particularly interested in recording the non-musical sounds of a brass instrument – such as the valve actions and the nice pings the instruments make – and then using them as a palette for electronic music textures, drums and percussion.
The brass elements are played by a brass trio Eve Harrison on trumpet, Helen Beauchamp on French horn and Matt Krening on Euphonium. The aim to take the listener on a journey from the non-musical inner mechanical sounds of the brass instruments through pure, lyrical brass melodies and harmonies culminating in uplifting, beat-led electronic music and brass fanfare (of sorts!).
For more info see the Electro-Brass page on the Durham Brass Festival 2014 site.
Hope you enjoy the ride!
“People United believes that the arts and culture have a powerful and unique role to play in bringing about social change”
As you may know my last album Til You’re No Longer Blinkered had behind it a concept of self-knowledge and self-compassion in the aim of connecting with self and others for a happier healthier individual and society.
This might seem all a bit fluffy and can feel like that when I try to articulate it.
So I was very happy to come across an organisation called People United who have conducted research into the whether The Arts can be a ‘Superconductor’ for kindness, compassion, connection and belonging. They say:
“At first kindness can seem rather lightweight, particularly if it is understood as only referring to individual acts of generosity and thoughtfulness. However, a deeper examination reveals it as a muscular concept with a rich heritage. Stemming from the old English word ‘cynd’, kindness indicates a common humanity emphasising our connections in the present and across time..”
And what with our what I can only describe as a consistently disheartening Tory/coalition government (and prospective British government alternatives) and other separatist agencies – it is becoming more pressing for me that compassion is key. Surely it is part of really growing up and evolving?
Some sense of connected-ness to others you share the air with?
As I develop a new live show and hopefully a new recordings/mini-album for 2015, I reflect on what seems to be becoming a driving force behind my music – compassion and inter-connectedness..maybe I am getting too idealistic..can I really expect music to be a tool for social change?