Some Of The Things I Cannot Say, Right Now

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The thing I find about writing blog posts is that it’s actually quite easy when one has no actual proper deadline type work on but it’s basically impossible when one has a gig or two on the go because one can’t really speak candidly about the behind-the-scenes stuff. It has to be hush-hush for various reasons of confidentiality, but also good sense - don’t shout about it till the fat lady sings and all that. You don’t want to jinx it.

How do you Write a ‘Catchy’ Tune?

Notes for What Makes a Catchy Tune - Photo by Heather Fenoughty
So, you’ve been asked to write some music that’s ‘catchy’, ‘sing-able’ and ‘hummable’? Or you’re after it from your composer? This isn’t rare. A huge proportion of my career has involved writing music that is deliberately memorable. But what does a tune being ‘catchy’ actually mean? Aren’t all good tunes memorable? Or is it their ‘memorable-ness’ that makes them 'good'?

Winter Walk – Blogmas #10

Redmires Reservoir on a cold, sunny winter's day | Photo by H Fenoughty
Just a quick one today (and, as promised, way more optimistic!). This morning, a bunch of lovely friends, a magnificent dog, and I went on a brisk, refreshing and death-defying (tres icy 🥶) walk around one of the local reservoirs. Sheffield was rather dashingly handsome today.

AI, Streaming, Royalties, Sustainability… Blogmas #9

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The genie’s out the bottle with AI. We’re moving to post-broadcast, streaming-only media consumption. Whether you look at the dwindling royalty system for creators, rights grabs by commissioners, the many dubious ethics of creating datasets, or any other de-valuing of a human's creative output in the 21st century, one thing is true: I’ll say it again, it is all unsustainable.