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...old friends

Where are you now?

Yes, I could join FriendsReunited (well, not any more!), but I thought it'd be funnier if you found your name here from an internet search. Miss you guys :-) Get in touch!


...musicians

I'm looking for players in Herts/Beds/Bucks to rehearse a few one-off projects:

I'm also auditioning musicians with open ears in the Milton Keynes/Aylesbury area who are into Zeuhl and progressive musics. As well as working on my own recording projects, I'd like to form a band to write and record new and unique music (start our own new genre?!?), and maybe one day perform if that ends up being possible. Players should hopefully (but not necessarily) read music, and be able to play by ear, ideally classically trained or self-taught, yet needn't be virtuosi (I'm certainly not!). It's more important to be able to groove along nicely and spark off good ideas in an organic fashion where the music dictates where it wants to go. Most vital is that people are on my wavelength on a personal level and can get along with my ways of working. The optimum line-up would be a sextet (or maybe a quintet or septet), and I'd like a nice harmonised balance of fe+male energies. I already have a few friends in mind as a rhythm section of electric bass, drums, and maybe cello, plus I'll play keys+percussion, but we still seek:

Ideally, as well as their main instrument(s), most of the band should do backing vocals and/or extra percussion as needed. Drop me a line if you're interested.


...audio gear

Always LUSTing after something for the studio... (No, I really do need these things ;-) One day as/if funds allow, I hope to buy:

  1. new music computer [now built, but by now needs upgrades :-]
  2. I still need to make speaker stands, bass traps and always more cables...
  3. I need a good headphone amplifier: I was previously considering either Mackie HMX-56 (unavailable), DACS Headlite or ideally Hear Technologies HearBack, but reviews of the new Behringer Powerplay P16 system sound promising enough to make it worth buying, as it seems to fit my needs exactly. But until I can afford that, in the mean time I may pick up a Superlux HA3D. Then I'll need...
  4. More headphones
  5. SM Pro Nano Patch + passive volume controller
  6. Zaquencer firmware for Behringer BCR-2000
  7. SmartMix MIDI fader box - sadly these are no longer in production. I had emailed the company to ask if they'd make a pro version with motorised faders, but it never happened. I really need a bank of 24 or 32 moving faders (just faders without all the usual cruft which all other current models have) for my Additive Synthesis Project.
  8. For live use, I need:
  9. My drumkit is currently without crash and ride cymbals :-/ I recently got some hats and a splash to start with, and then my expensive tastes couldn't help falling in love with the wondrous sound of the highly-unaffordable Sabian 20" HH Dark China (£429rrp!) which I was lucky to find cheap second hand. I can live without a crash, but still seek a Paiste Formula 602 20" thin ride...

And the following would just be nice to have:


...other things


...a new job

2017-12-04: Following crushing government cuts on education funding, my main income source of teaching music in schools is sadly no longer viable. So I am currently seeking employment, ideally in a post that makes good use of my skills, either in music, management, or computing in Linux environments (not Microsoft Windows, nor Apple, nor smartphone, nor social media platforms).

I live near Aylesbury and hold a clean UK Driving Licence so can travel in Buckinghamshire to Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Bicester, or further afield if necessary. Please see my CV for a list of my skills and experience.


...a new home

Thankfully in 2012 I found somewhere to live, which ticks most points on my checklist below. But I'll leave these requirements online ready for next time...

Sadly I have to move house again, as my current house will soon become unavailable. So I am looking to move ASAP to a new place which can house my studio and massive collection of musical instruments. To be more realistic, I have widened my original search and am now more interested in peace and space than luxury. Please contact me if you know of anywhere that might meet my needs:

Essential:

Preferred:

Not needed:

I recently dreamt I was teaching African drumming workshops at some educational/business/community/cultural/artistic/historic institution in a large premises. They liked what I did so much that they let me live on site for a very reasonable rent, so I could continue my work there, residing in modest living quarters which happened to include a large hall for my Music Room. (-: This would be the best outcome... ;-)


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