​One of the things I really like about making music is that the things I think I’d like to create rarely turn out to be what I actually make. The process of listening and experimenting seems to dictate to me what should happen – when I try and force it the other way round I tend not to be so satisfied.

An important part of the process for me is to have a relationship with my subject.

When I'm composing for bands, ​I write for the players. Working with people for a while reveals what their strengths are and what types of music they have most affinity with. Once I get a sense of those things the music I write for them will head in a particular direction guided by that and my own experience.

When I'm producing or arranging for someone the same principals apply. I get a sense of what they will respond to or what I feel they are trying to get at first. My goal then is to help them towards achieving something new. I do this by suggesting ideas that share common ground with what they already know but also combining fresh elements. A sense of surprise with familiar elements is often all that is needed to make music stand out.

For my own work I like to consider anything possible. I'm a big believer in capturing improvisation and refining over time. Sometimes this will be very chaotic and other times very controlled and melodic. My emotions and experiences dictate what comes out and improvisation forms a large part of my process. From there I feel what I do is somewhat akin to sculpture. I start with a huge amount of raw material and gradually take away until I'm left with something that I find satisfying.

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Pointless Beauty

The umbrella project title for my solo work is Pointless Beauty. Here's the original mission statement I gave myself :

'The title ‘Pointless Beauty’ refers to my own disaffection with what I’m constantly bombarded with as the ‘correct’ way of doing things. There’s a perception that art should serve a commercial purpose and each area of creators or promoters seem to have quite fixed ideas about what that entails. The only purpose of the things created for this project is that I, personally, should find them emotionally rewarding in some way – hopefully other people will connect with it in their own way. For those unable to connect or find purpose in what I create this will seem pointless but for me it will always be beautiful.'

Although my latest album under this title ('After & Before') features a quintet it is a fluid concept to allow me to move in any direction as the mood takes me. As such I am also releasing 'official bootlegs' of my work as I go along. The financial reality is that not everything can have the budget it deserves to be fully realised but as documents of my progress I feel they are worth sharing.

Snow Giants - UN

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​Snow Giants

​​This is a joint project with Mike Outram and 05Ric. As a live band Snow Giants is an improvised trio making heavy use of fx pedals, direct tones and a wide range of musical influences to give ourselves as much sonic freedom as possible in creating new music. Between us we share a lot of love and experience of rock, jazz, world music, prog rock, fusion, pop and who knows what else. This project is about letting all of that pour out as the mood takes us and seeing what happens. Sometimes this results in down & dirty funk and at others soaring ambient soundscapes but can as easily be anything in between – it’s always exciting finding out what will happen on the day!

The joy of working in a studio environment is that the limitations are different from what is possible live. The excitement of live improvised music is that it happens spontaneously in front of you, once it’s gone it’s gone. The possibility of mistakes ​and the rawness of the unknown are part of the experience. On a studio recording the expectations and opportunities for creativity are different. ​The 'UN' album began with three hours of spontaneous recorded material. Subsequently we took lots from that first session, added fresh layers of improvisation and produced tracks that form a more nuanced experience. This is both a solo and collaborative process with either me or 05Ric taking the lead on a track​ and passing stuff back and forth as the tracks evolve. At it’s core this is still an improvised record and the end results are something that could not have been achieved any other way.

​Plans are in place to start recording the next album this December.

​This is a joint project with Mike Outram and 05Ric. As a live band Snow Giants is an improvised trio making heavy use of fx pedals, direct tones and a wide range of musical influences to give ourselves as much sonic freedom as possible in creating new music. Between us we share a lot of love and experience of rock, jazz, world music, prog rock, fusion, pop and who knows what else. This project is about letting all of that pour out as the mood takes us and seeing what happens. Sometimes this results in down & dirty funk and at others soaring ambient soundscapes but can as easily be anything in between – it’s always exciting finding out what will happen on the day!

The joy of working in a studio environment is that the limitations are different from what is possible live. The excitement of live improvised music is that it happens spontaneously in front of you, once it’s gone it’s gone. The possibility of mistakes ​and the rawness of the unknown are part of the experience. On a studio recording the expectations and opportunities for creativity are different. ​The 'UN' album began with three hours of spontaneous recorded material. Subsequently we took lots from that first session, added fresh layers of improvisation and produced tracks that form a more nuanced experience. This is both a solo and collaborative process with either me or 05Ric taking the lead on a track​ and passing stuff back and forth as the tracks evolve. At it’s core this is still an improvised record and the end results are something that could not have been achieved any other way.

​Plans are in place to start recording the next album this December.
One of the things I really like about making music is that the things I think I’d like to create rarely turn out to be what I actually make. The process of listening and experimenting seems to dictate to me what should happen – when I try and force it the other way round I tend not to be so satisfied.

An important part of the process for me is to have a relationship with my subject.

When I'm composing for bands, ​I write for the players. Working with people for a while reveals what their strengths are and what types of music they have most affinity with. Once I get a sense of those things the music I write for them will head in a particular direction guided by that and my own experience.

When I'm producing or arranging for someone the same principals apply. I get a sense of what they will respond to or what I feel they are trying to get at first. My goal then is to help them towards achieving something new. I do this by suggesting ideas that share common ground with what they already know but also combining fresh elements. A sense of surprise with familiar elements is often all that is needed to make music stand out.

For my own work I like to consider anything possible. I'm a big believer in capturing improvisation and refining over time. Sometimes this will be very chaotic and other times very controlled and melodic. My emotions and experiences dictate what comes out and improvisation forms a large part of my process. From there I feel what I do is somewhat akin to sculpture. I start with a huge amount of raw material and gradually take away until I'm left with something that I find satisfying.