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Disquiet Junto

In the July 2016 edition of Wire magazine I’m quoted as saying that I am often “out of my comfort zone and forced into using different techniques or alternative approaches” when it come to the weekly challenges of the Disquiet Junto.

Marc Weidenbaum started the Disquiet Junto project back on 2012 with the aim of bringing together musicians and artists to create new pieces of audio based on a few simple instructions.

It could be anything from the sound of ice cubes chinking in a glass, to music based on notes that have been randomly generated in some way. We could be given the sound of an animal or a human voice, or even just a breath.

Sometimes an idea immediately jumps out at me and I’ll beaver away for a few hours creating something. Sometimes it’s more of a challenge.

Being out of your comfort zone can be scary, even frustrating at times, but the rewards and feedback make it worth while.

When radio was full of wow

There was never a law against listening to Radio Luxembourg in the mid 1970s, but the awful quality of the signal made it feel like you were doing something rebellious.

I would spend many nights under the bed sheets listening to the latest pop music drifting in and out, whistling and crackling. I’d turn the radio one way to make the the signal better, only for it to drift away again into a sea of white noise and distant forign voices. (more…)

Pin drops

I’ve told this story a hundred times and I will tell it a hundred more as I believe it marks the very moment a spark ignited in me a passion for audio.

It was a music class in my junior school. Some lessons we’d spend time practising an instrument. Mine was the recorder and I was proud that I could play Greensleeves without looking at my fingers. (more…)