Sunday, January 13, 2008

Spreading out

Trying to get your music out into the public arena is not the easiest thing in the world. I send a little post off to websites that discuss music, I sat "Could I list my website on your page?" Some of them reply in a friendly manner, some reply like I asked them if I could poo on their dining room table.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


The clarinet first appeared in the orchestra in the Classical period, Mozart liked the sound of it, and soon it was part of the standard orchestra we know today. I like the clarinet too,. It's smooth and silky, and blends well with many instruments. I've been working on a piece for clarinet and band, and you can listen to it, if you wish. I call it a Pastoral. I have used a pedal point which runs throughout, with the ensemble moving about that point.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Sci Fi

I was just reading about science fiction operas over at Kyle Gann's PostClassic blog. The opera he discusses (Aniera) by Blomdahl is quite engaging - it's obviously 12 tone, but kind of like a gentle Wozzeck in space.

It made me think, I wonder how many science fiction operas there are? Besides this one, I can think of:

Philip Glass 1,000 Airplanes on the Roof
Tim Risher The Moon Moth (well of course I'm going to list my own piece)

There is a list in Wikipedia, but you can go there yourself and see if they are all correct. I wonder when the first Doctor Who opera will appear?


Trying to sell your music is not easy. I have set up my site now, it's here. At the moment I am only selling the music in PDF files. I think this is easier and cheaper:

1) There is no paper, the purchaser only has to print the music his/herself. That's convenient.
2) It's cheaper, because there is no postage for sending bulky packages.

Of course, the purchaser can order the pieces in copied and bound form, if he/she wishes.
I hope to expand the site to include other composers as well, however, at the moment, it's enough just to sell my own music.