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Welcome to my little island in the online world. Relax, kick off your shoes & have a look around.

As a Christmas present to myself at the end of 2015 I bought three small synthesizers to rekindle my interest in composing & playing electronic music. One month later I wrote about the process in A month with the Volcas.

In January I returned to Taroudant in southern Morocco to teach a dance workshop there. And to have a winter holiday. You can read about my trip and see some pictures here.

The list of dances & music from my workshop in Taroudant can be found here.

As the new year dawns I've looked back at 2015 and written my regular review of my year.

As promised (to myself) I'm making music with my new little Volca synthesizers. I'll be posting the results to my Volca tunes page.

Over the years my relationship with popular music (in the broadest sense) has been fairly intense and although we've been through some rough patches we're getting on much better now. Read about the evolution of My personal radio station.

Every year my sisters & I take our mother out for a birthday treat. See what we got up to for Vi's birthday tea 2015.

After one too many science fiction dramas with a stupid & obnoxious hero I was driven to pen a short rant about the phenomenon of an idiot touched by god.

I spend a lot of time (maybe too much) in front of the TV watching films & TV shows on DVD or BluRay disks, having stopped using broadcast television over ten years ago. Here are some of my favourite films and favourite TV shows.

On a trip up to London to see my sister I managed to find a countryside walk across London.

In an effort to bring my sadly atrophied writing skills back to life I'm trying to spend more time at the keyboard. My first result is a brief retelling of footwear & shopping - The saga of the yellow boots.

Wiltshire is landlocked. I wonder how this street in Trowbridge got its name?

Answer - apparently 'Bythesea' is an old surname that dates from when they were used to indicate where someone's family came from, in the same way that town names were used (e.g. Julie London, Burt Lancaster, etc.).

The end of the Bradford on Avon Festival of Art brought a variety of performances in the little park by the river and some groovy lighting in the trees and on the town bridge.

That's my house at the far end!

Among the performers I saw Suzy Condrad who did some amazing songs by layering singing (& other sounds) with a loop station set-up. You can get an idea from this video. Wonderful stuff!

At the end of July the Rhythm Coalition played a gig as part of the Bradford on Avon fringe festival (we also played a few songs at the inaugural Blues Night). Not many pictures I'm afraid but here's one of me.

(The music stand is for one of the vocalists, not for me!)

It's not quite the last entry in the saga of my new home but I'm bringing the story of the actual building project to a close. There'll be some observations of the overall process & my personal insights coming soon.

I've reorganised and expanded my Music section with more pictures and a potted history of my musical adventures. Enjoy!

It's not often I go up to London for an event anymore but in late February I made the long trek into Town to see 'synth supergroup' Node play at the Royal College of Music. A great evening of analogue sounds, shifting sonic textures, pulsing sequencers and, of course, lots of little flashing lights.

After the concert I started thinking back over my own history of electronic music and ended up writing about my own personal Search for the sound.

I started 2015 with a winter holiday on La Palma in the Canary islands. See what I got up to in my Postcards from La Palma

I'll be returning to Taroudant in southern Morocco to teach at another dance holiday, the dates are 12th - 19th of January 2016. There are more details here and on my workshops page.

While packing for my forthcoming house move I found an old recording from the mid-2000's, a demo of one of the long, drifting pieces I was composing & performing at that time. Listening to it again brought back a host of memories from what was a period of huge upheaval for me, you can read about how these compositions helped me go through it in Soundscapes of Isolation.