Electro-Brass logo by Andrea Pazos

Excited to announce a new piece of music that myself and Eve Harrison (trumpeter, classical composer) have come up with for Durham Brass Festival 2014 which takes place in July.

Electro-Brass is 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. And I got a surprisingly nice kick drum from the trumpet after some creative studio sculpting.

I will be playing these banks of sounds live alongside a brass trio – Eve Harrison (trumpet), Helen Beauchamp (French horn) and Matt Krening (Euphonium). Over approximately 15 minutes, we aim to take the audience on a journey from non-musical inner mechanical sounds of the brass instruments through pure, lyrical brass melodies and harmonies culminating in uplifting, beat-led classical and electronic music fanfare.

So, if you are based anywhere near Durham, our performances will take place on Sat 12 & Sun 13 July. For more info see the Electro-Brass page on the Durham Brass Festival site.

We intend for the piece to be played elsewhere after the festival – so do look out for opportunities to experience this rare musical journey :-)

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So, I am officially a little bit crazy. After all them years in pain that I have now been somewhat liberated from, I am now going looking for adversity. I am doing the Great North Swim 2014 on 14 June at Lake Windermere – yes it is the one that Davina MacColl did and nearly died or something (I don’t have a tele).

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I do love my outdoor swimming and wanted a challenge to celebrate feeling/being able. So myself and my sister and niece will throw ourselves in little England’s largest lake and hopefully swim for a mile without getting brain freeze. And yes also in aid of a charidee: NAPAC – which is an organisation that supports and helps adults who were abused as children. In their own words:

Our USP is that we help people open up and talk about the abuse they suffered. This helps them recover and makes it harder for abusers to hide. This is an important contribution to making the UK a safer place for children today.

And if you know me and/or my lyrics, you may have gathered that I am all for acknowledgement => release and finally growing up.

So if you can spare a few pennies or pounds, CLICK on the JUST GIVING button here to sponsor us:

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Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 – Manchester and now on tour in England

March 31, 2014

Following on from the glowing success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013, DD Day 2014 took place on SAT 12 APRIL at The Anthony Burgess Foundation here in Manchester UK. Nice that we had another full house and warm audience for our event honouring one of the pioneering women in electronic music whose fascinating archive happens [...]

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Recent random rarities – sound tourism, breaking glass and experimental music school

March 10, 2014

As spring finally springs over here, I wanted to share a couple of candid random rarities I have happened across recently.
Sound tourism – Prof Trevor Cox’s Sonic Wonders
As part of the University of Manchester’s Cafe Scientifique series, I thoroughly enjoyed a suitably wondrous talk by Professor Trevor Cox about his Sonic Wonders- a website and [...]

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new year = new electronic music actions

January 23, 2014

I really am thankful nigh on everyday for being able to do more so free of yesteryear’s draining pain. O the joy for lucky me. And this year already has some right fun creative music projects in store.
DD DAY 2014
After the shimmering success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 in Manchester, UK and the following North [...]

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Outcomes of Delia Derbyshire inspired music technology course in schools pilot

November 28, 2013

With Delia Derbyshire estate approval, thanks to Arts Council England support and in partnership with One Education and John Rylands library, we have now completed the pilot course of workshops in 2 primary schools in Greater Manchester as part of our Delia Derbyshire Day project.
And here are the audio outcomes..

In their evaluation, the young participants [...]

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Back to skool thanks to fascinating Delia Derbyshire archive

September 26, 2013

After the inspiring journey that led to Delia Derbyshire Day in MCR in Jan 2013, I am rather stoked to be about to deliver a pilot electronic music and music technology course of workshops based around the work and archive of the late great electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001).

With Arts Council England support [...]

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An all-female electronic music festival – good idea or not?

August 14, 2013

So, we’re back to that old chestnut: women in electronic music/digital arts.
And then the question of whether all-female festivals are a good idea.
So, context: Female Pressure is an international network and database of female artists operating in the fields of electronic music/club culture. Of which I am a member. And we did a [...]

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Caro C soundcloud – new cloud of sound for new phase

June 25, 2013

Yes, a whole new Caro C jukebox is amassing. And there was me thinking I haven’t written much new stuff of late.

And here is a little visual stimuli courtesy of Kara Blake to “Audient, my dear” – my experimental electronic music response to hanging out with the archive of the late great Delia Derbyshire.

Audient, my [...]

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A Wondrous Place now on tour – theatre music and sound design

May 16, 2013

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A Wondrous Place is new writing, animation, video, music and delicious set design all directed by Chris Meads.

And yes, this one is also about me (again) – for I provided the theatre music and sound design.
With suitably wondrous contributions from talented fellow musicians:
Andy Hodson (real drums)
Janet Wolstenholme (bass guitar)
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