Big Announcement – I got Arts Council funding to Develop My Creative Practice (DYCP)

Developing Your Creative Practice, Supported by Arts Council England
HUGE NEWS! I got funded. I'm now supported as an artist by Arts Council England. How bleeping exciting! I'm going to take a decent chunk of the next 7 months to both learn some new computer music toys and tools, go deeper into the capabilities of some of the tools I already have but haven't …

Why I Love Orchestral Bowed Strings and Use Them All The Time (with LOADS of Musical Examples)

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I LOVE ORCHESTRAL STRINGS. They are my fave section of the classical orchestra (followed closely by the brass and horns). They're just SO VERSATILE - there are so many different techniques and tone colours you can make with string instruments, which means that their emotional range (I would argue) is enormous. This makes them, without …

The Four Steps I Use to Turn the Fear of Negative Criticism into a SUPERPOWER

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Getting feedback is scary. Getting negative feedback is the WORST... or is it? Here's how to turn the fear of criticism on its head and into a superpower. Seek out and focus on negative feedback to zero in more accurately - and more creatively - on what your client wants from their music (or whatever …

5 Strategies to Generate Great Creative Ideas by Imposing Restrictions

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You want to get something quick onto that scary blank page. Generate great, original, creative ideas by (counterintuitively) imposing restrictions. You need new, juicy, creative ideas, and you need them now. This is how to get them on tap, stat. (Yes I do rather love E.R. and I'm binging series after series of Grey's Anatomy …