The Composer/Arranger Book:

Composing and arranging, orchestration, instrumentation What People Say… Every aspect of composing and arranging is examined in great detail supported by more than 600 diagrams and musical examples. In one of the most comprehensive and wide-ranging studies of its kind ever written, the text of this book moves from basic principles to advanced techniques with […]

Minding your own business

This is the second blog to wear the above title. The relevance of the title becomes clear as I again question my ideas. The point is, I’m a musician, not a philosopher, or a musicologist, even. But you don’t spend a lifetime engrossed deeply in a subject without wondering what it all really means. Plus, […]

Creativity and free will. Was I wrong?

In the book I express my concerns regarding too much emphasis on so-called ‘creativity’ in our working methods and approach to the subject of composition, mainly because of my acquired knowledge that nothing new can enter the Universe. Instead, I maintain, ‘creativity’ involves the regurgitation of acquired complexes, especially the influences we are exposed to […]