Just a short note to you to say thankyou for your website. I stumbled across it and pretty much couldn’t believe that this was out there. I am doing the free lessons and am gaining an awful lot from them – bitesize gems and succinct summaries of important theories to put into practice. I also watched the 4 big hurdles to composing video which I found to be wise, profound and practical. You clearly have insights and wisdom beyond your years and we are all (I think I speak for others too) grateful for the effort you have clearly put into this pioneering educational community. Be encouraged! You have a very appealing communication style that draws people in by your clear words and humble approach. I have not subscribed as yet but I have been so impressed so far I cant see myself not ‘buying in’ once I have done the free lessons.
I have come to this musical world later on in years, only playing violin for 3 years and piano recently at the age of 41 after a career in garden design. I am also a walking artist who attempts to capture a ‘sense of place’ in different ways, one of which is found sounds, interviews and the collection of folk songs related to the places I walk through. I guess I am trying to create polyphonic sound worlds that (hopefully) reflect the layers of existence present in the landscape. Do you know of composers who might use recorded sound and words as part of performance to compliment and inform the piece?
Anyway thankyou once again for your hard work (PS JMW Turner – English Painter 18th/19thC – said “Genius is 1% perspiration and 99% perspiration” )
All the best for you and your family
Thank you for the kind words. I am not too familiar with many artists that use found sounds. I know Steve Reich has done some of that.
Rautavaara, one of my favorite composers (he just recently passed away) – he has a piece that uses recoreded birds and orchestra. You would think it would be cheesy, but it actually works well.