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Particle physics and music-how CAN you interpret ‘particles performance’ into music that conveys accurately or non accurately, their status and movement? What an ask! Still I like having a go……

Do other complex worlds just as complex as our own exist in other dimensions co-existing alongside us and can we capture the nuances of these parallel Universes??  They have been postulated to exist by a few scientists, and if that is so, can we pick up their harmonies??

According to physics, the Sub-Atomic World is so complex they call it ‘Exotic’ because of the complexity, beauty, and non-conformance to standard equations.  They are having to build a new mathematical language and ‘archtiecture’ to understand the workings.  What would the music of these ‘worlds’ sound like if they exist?  Scientists say there are 11 to 13 dimensions known to exist-how do these sound?  How does the music of ‘paralell dimensions’ interact with our music?  Interesting question.  Currently, I am writing pieces for an Electronic EP, and the current piece takes a regular but beautiful ‘Glass Bells’ sounds, with other sound creating harmonies.  Then, there are sounds created by mashing pianos that sounds like particles ‘spinning off’ at speed.

This is only a light ‘go’ at this time as there are various other idea’s also claiming thinking time…..

Listen to some music at:




I love the winter, and snow etc, it helps me for whatever reason to compose. I have the Native Instruments Komplete 7 system and Kore 2. With so many sounds and mangaling facilities, I should come up with some good stuff for the new EP I’m working on. Still mixing the 4th track (been a few weeks now!?) Winter, live on forever-I get more done………

Been listening to Carols..looking forward to my new Denon DM38 Stereo system with Cambridge s20/30


Internet Promotion of Music….

by Paul on September 10, 2010

in Electronic Music, General, Music

Had brilliant night out with the 3 stooges (us 3 composers) Ian Boddy/Marcus Howarth +me!  We discussed how the Internet is full of content already, and how to get the message across-although Ian has a 20 year track record, how do other composers get their work known so they can make a living??  The Internet method doesn’t bode well for starters.  Apparently though the word still is content, content and more content!!!!-so here’s some………….



I am disappointed as well as the Scientists with the news that the LHC is to close for modifications for a year at the end of 2011.  It is to address design issues.  Joints between the machines magnets must be strengthened to cope with the 14Tev the higher operating state.  As a musician and composer, this affects directly my ‘ inspiration source’ for the work that I am currently producing.  This is the exploration and interpretation of  particle collisions and fields through Music.  So far, I have been able to examine with two tracks, the effects of Fields and collisions.  I find want to interpret the collision and the resulting spin.  In a lecture at the Darlington Astronomy club the other day, it was said that some Gamma Ray particles have the equivalent energy of a tennis ball travelling at 100mph!  Imagine one sub-atomic particle having that much power/kick!  How can I replicate that with Music?  I have some idea’s.  I work out the idea’s sometimes a bit graphically, or imagine what the equivalent in music would be say-a spinning particle would have a known frequency or pitch.  Though the spinning particle might have a far higher frequency of spin than can be replicated by a note, you can down size the frequency and using a representative note-frequency, approximate all other spins to their relative frequencies.  Fields might be represented by held chords and so on…..further using Synths and orchestral arrangements etc to create the piece.  I hope this gives a little insight into the methods used at times for inspiration…..




Do you want to start writing music with a computer?  Do you think that there is something musically stirring in you that need s to get out?  Can you play an instrument but feel restricted by the options available?  Then computerised music is for you.

Fortunately I was trained on the piano early on in life, and was able to use that skill to progress on the computer as a Midi keyboard is the main input device for the musician working with music on the computer.  If you are at a basic level though, do not despair as even basic notes being pressed can create wonderful strings or a simple held chord even better.  The quality of strings samples available is incredible these days. Theoretically, with only a basic knowledge of chords and notes, it is possible to create a whole orchestral piece.

What do I need?  Well a computer is the basic requirement!  I chose the Mac route, for many reasons including reliability and simplicity of operation with the well renowned support you get.  Initially I was a Windows PC person and cut my teeth that way, but feel I have made the correct decision to ‘move over’.  If you choose the Windows route, remember it has been written to accommodate the millions of programs written for it and is horrendously complex in nature.  Further, it has more than a million viruses written for it-Mac historically a few!  I recently asked Technical Support for the Mac if I needed anti-virus software-the answer-no!  If you choose the windows route-I pity you!-well make sure that it is at least a dual core processor with more than 2GB RAM and keep it clear of as much program clutter as you can-really-dedicate it if you can to music only.  If you decide on a Mac, most will work out of the box for music reasonably competently.

Next you will need an input device.  This is simply a Midi keyboard that transmits the notes pressed into Midi signals that a Computer/Sequencer can understand.  A music Sequencer is a piece of software that takes Midi signals and converts them into computer language that the sequencer can understand.  It will record the notes and then playback your symphony! Voila!  Further a sequencer is a vast and clever piece of software that can perform cartwheels with the information that you put in-seriously-it can create score from your inputted notes, Record/Playback/Record Audio/Playback audio and has numbers of sound effects-in short-you are fully equipped to start creating music with one.

At last, two other pieces of kit required are: a Midi Controller and sound output device-commonly called the Audio Interface-with speakers.  The midi controller can be a simple midi in/out device connected to the computers USB port.  The sound output device can be as simple or as complex and expensive as you want.  Generally these days they connect to the USB or Fire-wire ports of your computer.  They then feed their output into a pair of amplified speakers-ranging from about £10 to £1000’s depending on your needs.  The Audio interface also twins up taking the sound of Microphones plugged into it or guitars for example, and converts it into computer code-acceptable for the Sequencer-i.e. the Audio side of things.

That’s it in a simple nutshell!  Yes you’ll need cash, but just think-the outcome may be another Mozart or Alicia Keys!


RE:Amateur Radio….

by Paul on August 30, 2009

in General


As well being into Music, I am also a Radio Amateur (Radio Ham).  This involves passing a simple exam and then buying a Transceiver (Transmits & Receives) your signal, and you are ‘On Air”. As being a Ham Radio has a lot to do with radio waves and Electronics it led me into further interests such as Astronomy and Radio Astronomy.  The ‘radio wave’ part of radio, led to an understanding of wider things in the universe such as how and where my Radio waves go once they have left the Earth for example and how they travel around the Earth and my signal is propogated around the globe using the Ionosphere surrounding the Earth.  Interestingly our Sun is involved with the movement of Radio Waves around the earth-and even more so ‘Sun Spots”-they have an 11 year cycle from maximum to minimum, and when at maximum give the best distance around  Earth the signal can travel!

I gain a lot of inspiration from being a Radio Ham and associated subjects for my Music.  I think there is a lot of correlation between the Physics of the Universe and the world we live in and Music. Further , as music is concerned largely with ‘pitch’  & Rhythm’s etc (Frequency), the tie up with the wider Universe, Particle Physics and Astronomy opens up a huge resource for Music to explore. Watch this space for more on my musical exploration of the subject!