Well what a lucky pixie I am. The Arts Council of England have opted to support my somewhat wayward endeavours again. And how grateful I am.

So, what follows is research and development of a new live performance with new, already pretty much created music centred around found sounds, my voice and me playing piano badly. The most exciting aspect, however, is that I will perform as part of a sound reactive installation of sorts ie. the light/images/colours respond to the volume or frequencies of the music being performed. To realise this I am working with fellow Delia Darling for Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 and creative technologist/digital visual artist/animator Andrea Pazos.

Part of this luxurious process is to spend a week in the new location for Manchester Digital Laboratory and Omniversity (what a concept!) Madlab at the beginning of February. Hopefully we will then be ready to share the new experience whose concept is around themes of interconnectedness, kindness (to others this time, last album was kindness to self) and compassion – crucial ingredients given our current cultural context (in my sometimes humble opinion).

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QUESTION: do you have any favourite sounds for everyday objects?

As part of my magnifying the magic in the mundane, I love to use found sounds in my electronic music. I find they have a more interesting sonic texture, untamed edges and poetic timbre/colour. Current favourites featuring in new tracks include ice cubes clinking in a glass of water, a hot pan sizzling under cold water and a freezer door shutting (thank you to Benedict Fryer for suggesting that one for a kick/bass drum).

More suggestions for favourite sounds are very welcome and may well become integrated in this new soundtrack – so do share if you spot a magic sound in a seemingly mundane object :-)

Maybe this music material will become a new album, maybe a 30 minute listening experience once recorded. Such is the magical mystery of authentic creativity. I hope to be able to divulge more delightful details once our week at Madlab is completed.

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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!

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Art and kindness – can music affect social change?

October 28, 2014

“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 [...]

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Ada Lovelace Day 2014 – A celebration of Women in STEM at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London

August 13, 2014

Well, you may have heard of Delia Derbyshire Day, and there is also an Ada Lovelace Day which takes place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on TUES OCT 14th 2014.

Who is Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)? Only the woman who is said to have written the first computer programme and was instrumental in [...]

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Electro-Brass at Durham Brass Festival 2014: electronic music meets brass music!

July 2, 2014

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 [...]

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I’m doing the Great North Swim 2014!

May 6, 2014

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 [...]

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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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