War, Hell, Blood and Chocolate

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So here goes: when I first heard about the show Blood + Chocolate, I didn't want to do it. Now, this isn't a new phenomenon for me. It's just the lizard brain going into overdrive protective mode whenever I'm presented with a project that I can't quite wrap my head around. I just ignore the feeling and accumulate more facts and ideas from the people who know more of them, and eventually, I come around and start looking forward to it.

Listen to 15 Minutes Live

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The recordings from 15 Minutes Live are now available for free. Back in November 2011, Slung Low and the I Love West Leeds Festival commissioned 6 new short radio plays from writers based in West Yorkshire. The collection of plays were recorded in front of an audience at the Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley with a live band providing the music, arranged, composed and conducted by me and a team of foley artists creating the sound effects.

Sound Designing Experimental Theatre: Silica

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I'm in the process of sound designing a new piece of experimental theatre: Silica. It's a highly visual theatre installation that merges live performance, composed sound, sculpture and film. The piece explores erosion, both of landscape and of the mind, presenting shifting, beautifully surreal and blurred perceptions of reality. It uses the language of landscapes to discuss disappearance and the ephemerality of moments within our lives and looks at memory not as a link to the past but the construction of a present “reality”.

Inspiration

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inspiration n stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc., to special or unusual activity or creativity the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused someone or something that causes this state an idea or action resulting from such a state the act or process of inhaling; breathing in From English Collins Dictionary - …