Brave New World
I am a music producer and musician with cerebral palsy. I have a small studio in my bungalow where I work on several projects from my own electronic tracks to doing music for film.
I have also been involved with the British Paraorchestra who played at the end of the Paraolympics. the British Paraorchestra played at the Paralympic ceremony and who played The Queen Anthem on Christmas day. So when did it all start. I really got into music in the mid 80's. I was listening to bands likeThe The, The Mission, The Cure and U2. That kind of stuff. I started writing songs and poems. I released a song with Danny Chang in the mid 80’s, Afraid of Deep Water which was played on radio 2. I bought a Commodore 64 that had a music program with it. It was a very simple sequencer that only had a three note poly which meant you could only program three nots at once.Then I was on a song writing course as a tutor with Maggie Riley, Where I met Tim Anderson, who was from The Drake Music Project, who specialise in technology to help people with a disability to make music. Anyway Tim showed me Cubase on an Atari St, I was completely hooked. I had the gear and a box with buttons that enabled me to press two keys at once but this is now built into the system's software on any platform. Now I use a sequencer called Logic Pro on a MacBook Pro and Ableton Live for performances. Ableton Live enables me to trigger sequences via a keyboard.