Category Archives: Piano

Next to Aphex Twin, there is perhaps no-one more synonymous with the cringe inducing term “IDM” than Tom Jenkinson, better known to most as Squarepusher. Part virtuoso bass player, part programming wizard, Squarepusher has had a fantastically eclectic career, wowing both bedroom producers and wannabe Fleas alike.  Continue reading...

A breakthrough for me as a musician, and particularly as a composer, was when I stopped imagining harmony in rigid frameworks. The first instrument I excelled at to some degree was the guitar (being a fairly average pianist), and that had a great impact on the way I thought about chords.  Continue reading...

Quartal harmony is a system of building chord structures on perfect fourths. It’s been used by classical composers such as Stravinsky, Debussy and Bartók and innumerable jazz musicians like McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans and Chick Corea to name but a few.  Continue reading...

Radiohead’s Kid A saw a change in direction for the Oxford five-piece. Released in 2000, and sandwiched between OK Computer and Amnesiac, it’s probably fair to say it had a little influence from both of these albums.  Continue reading...

In 1976, Roy Ayres released his album Everybody Loves the Sunshine under the Roy Ayers Ubiquity moniker. The title track is a cool, lazy summer evening jam that’s been sampled by Mary J Blige, A Guy Called Gerald, Machinedrum, J.  Continue reading...