Making Islandia · #5 · The Mix

I remember attending my first mixing masterclass back in 2010, in which a collection of industry professionals presented before’s and after’s of their work. That was the first time I became aware of the staggering impact a good mix can have on how a piece of recorded music is perceived. While we’re all familiar with … Continued

Making Islandia · #4 · The Session

I’ve returned from a visit to the USA and returned with fresh ears. The Islandia mixes are sounding fantastic. There’s still a way to go before the album’s release, so, in the meantime, I thought I’d write the penultimate journal entry from this “making of” series. With ever-diminishing recording budgets stretching across all genres of … Continued

Making Islandia · #3 · Ribbons for Your Pleasure

The blog entries have taken a back seat over the past few weeks, as I’ve been traveling around the UK with a handful of different projects, most notably Bethia and its premiere at Hull Minster and follow-up performance at Royal Festival Hall. If you missed both of those performances, the live recording of Bethia is … Continued

Making Islandia · #2 · the Concert Electric Guitar

Last week, I promised to write about the process of creating the album Islandia and I’ve done just that. In fact, this is probably one of the most anorak series of paragraphs I’ve ever strung together, so reader beware: here be dragons — albeit dragons that look remarkably like a balding man who is freaking … Continued

Making Islandia · #1 · the Concept of an Album

After almost two years of writing, throwing away ideas and then starting again, the five compositions that form my debut album Islandia are being recorded this week at Abbey Road Studios. The pieces are being performed by a group of phenomenal musicians and it has been a joy to hear my compositions transition from abstraction … Continued