Birdsong

An article in The Guardian last weekend discussed the Convention in Trade and Endangered Species (Cites) meeting in Bangkok.  It mentioned a few species that had already succumbed to extinction, which included the New Zealand laughing owl.  Unfortunately a trawl around the net informed me that the last sighting was in the early 20th century, […]

Chasing Sound

Last week I went to see the documentary Chasing Ice at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios.  It is an excellent film that follows the attempts of James Balog and his team to photograph receding glaciers in Alaska, Greenland and other parts of the Northern hemisphere.  At one stage during the process Balog poignantly suggested that his photographs […]

Composition with recorded material from London soundscapes

A while ago I composed a set of five pieces under the heading ‘Foreign Objects’.  My intention was to juxtapose recorded natural and man-made sounds with synthesised instruments.  Each piece is set in a different environment, for instance No.1 is on the London Underground, and No.2 is at a building site: I have then taken […]