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  • July

    •  Tomorrow I'll be performing Nick Allen's Rainforest Musical at the Coppebox on the Olympic Park in Stratford. 1,000 school children choir, 120 school children orchestra and then US (the band!). It's going to be brill!!
    • Finally, I'll be performing with Belle Noir at the All Bar One opening tonight in the 02 in Greenwich. If anyone is off to see Robbie and wants a drink before or after head in! 
  • Here we go...

    • Life is notching up a gear in July with Women of Hope rehearsals and writing sessions begininng with the musicians tomorrow. Looking forward to getting back in with that.
    • I am playing for Nick Allen's Rainforest the Musical at the end of July at the Copperbox in the Olympic park. 900 school-children choir, 120 piece orchestra and a band. Can't wait.
    • I'll then be co-ordinating an album for someone over summer, before getting on with finishing Diary of Decade and getting started on a potentially very interesting project that I'll discuss later.
  • Bricklayer Post-Pro Blues

    • Working on a project for a long time (by which I mean over a year) really does end up absorbing you into its world (or vice versa). It becomes something that you think about when you go to sleep, wake up and when you should be doing other things! You find or see things in it that no-one would ever notice, become so sure of your interpretation of it that you cannot believe that there is an alternative and the tiniest things drive you mad. It is at this stage that you must be careful to keep perspective on it. I don't mean this in the sense to lessen its importance in your life, but I mean in the sense that just because you see, hear or think one thing this does not mean it is the only thing.
    • I have just uploaded the final 3GB audio file of the Bricklayer Movie, a project that I began at a very different point in my life, and a project that has driven me insane, yet helped me keep my sanity. It is the first feature film that I have both composed the music, sound designed and edited and it has been a journey within itself in which I have met lots of great people, and had lots of good alongside stressful moments. Even now, I can think of three things off the top of my head that I would experiment with, but it wouldn't necessarily make those moments any better, and would risk the chance of making it weaker. I am not one of these writers who can take four days composing three minutes worth of music, that would drive me insane, but when I think that I have spent two years working on 1 1/2 hours of footage, that really does put into perspective the different layers that go into making a film - music, fx, dialogue, atmospheres, space..These all take time to evolve and they can't be rushed, no matter when the deadline is (we have met our deadlines incidentially!!). So, now over to the producers for the next stage of the life of the Bricklayer, whilst I take all I have learnt from that and move onto the next batch of projects.