Struggling with my obsessions of music, tech, astronomy, and photography.
I enjoy performing jazz on the piano, and composing electronica at the computer. I spend some time on music every day, and have done this for most of my life. It has given me many hours of happiness.
My jazz inspirations range from early innovators such as Jelly Roll Morton, through Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong, to Charlie Parker, and onward to Joey Calderazzo with Branford Marsalis.
At the computer I am inspired by Daft Punk, Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, Eric Serra, Underworld, Enigma, amongst many others. But also as a techie by equipment such as Roland’s latest Boutique series and Native Instruments plug-ins.
Music affects me emotionally more than anything else – a 3 minute track can change my mood entirely. I love performing with other passionate musicians – my love of jazz comes from its ability to allow people who have never met before to immediately enjoy playing music together with no prior rehearsal. For the jazz players out there, is there any greater pleasure than saying to someone you’ve never met – Parker blues in F – and then jamming round and round and round …
Since 2014 with a cheap telescope and inexpensive DSLR camera I have been imaging the night sky – puzzling at its shocking splendour.
In 2016 I started capturing images from around Manchester with a small compact camera. It always seems harder to properly appreciate the beauty of a home city.
I work in tech. One quote sums up everything I believe about it – “Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.” – Joe MacMillan, HCF