Modular synths seem to be all the rage at the moment. There are countless manufacturers now making all manner of strange and unique modules. It’s an area I’m interested in but these instruments don’t come cheap. At the moment I’m lucky to have a Modular in the sitting room of my new flat in Edinburgh, belonging to my flatmate Leo.

I’m still a total novice when it comes to using a modular and it will probably take a while to get past the initial confusion of the signal path and its interweaving mesh of wires. However, after Leo had set up a patch I played in a simple sequence and went about changing the parameters over time and I have to say the modular is a hypnotic, psychedelic dream box. I now understand how these machines and the building of your own system could be very addictive for anyone interested in sound. They offer a breadth of sound sculpting possibilities I’ve not found before with other internally hardwired electronic instruments and best of all they are very hands on. In this way they physically demand your attention and over time the process becomes like a form of meditation. I’m only barely scraping the surface here with this short recording and hope to delve further into this new sonic territory in the future. In short : Modulars are Magic!!!

modular 1




Since arriving in my new abode in the city of Edinburgh I haven’t had as much time to sit down and create some music as of yet but I found an hour or two to put this simple melodic piece together incorporating the Kalimba or thumb piano as the primary instrument. This piece also features a recording of birdsong I captured in the Edinburgh Botanic gardens which is a very peaceful place to visit with an array of impressive glass houses . The diversity of plant life there is awesome and almost too much to absorb in one visit. I am hoping to collect as many field recordings of this new city and it’s surrounding environs as I can over the coming months. It’s a vibrant place with a great sense of history around each corner. i feel at home already. The water sounds were recorded on the beach of my hometown of Bray before I left. ┬áThis is a brief post and one just to mark my arrival here.

PS, Good to see that George Hook lad finally being put in check…


kalimba 1



A very quick and simple post for this grey but humid Monday evening in early September. The Autumn is creeping in. A nice feeling. I wrote a very simple piano theme on the upright piano in my parents house. The keys are in various states of flatness at this stage and I doubt the piano would handle a tuning very well. ┬áTo me it sounds quite nice and any real piano is always a nice distraction to sit with for a while. My playing is very rudimentary still. I aim to improve this over the coming year. An that’s all really. A simple melody, played shakily on an old out of tune piano. I’ve added a recording I made of rainfall from inside the garden shed and the sound of the church bell from St. Fergal’s church across the road. More memory making perhaps?


Piano theme with rain