I have studied composition with Gavin Bryars, Andy Hugill and Philip
Grange and gained a PhD from the University of
Hertfordshire in 2005
for my research into Generative
Systems and Disruptive Processes in Musical Composition
I have had pieces performed by the Schidlof Quartet, PM Ensemble,
Gemini and Double Image (amongst others)
as well as providing music for
video and television.
Although my background has been predominantly music based, I have
always had an interest in work that is more than purely music.
began with three music theatre pieces and, over the past four years, I
have concentrated on more multimedia work.
This has included three
fixed installations and one live piece written for string quartet,
sound and video.
My work has for some time been concerned with the combination of system
and intuition and the constant and the random.
This can be seen in both
of the two most recent installation works, ‘Transition’ and
‘Palingenesis’. ‘Transition’ was a
with visual artist Richard Jones in which the music and
film worked in tandem. I was interested in exploring the technique of
making only small, slight changes to the sound and texture of the
music, the film similarly explored, through the study of light and
shadow, the theme of consistency and change. The moving image
documented the subtle, but inevitable, movement of the sun over
period of fifteen minutes. These two components of the installation
were presented as individual yet symbiotic bodies of work
together explored the relationship between sound and vision.
‘Palingenesis’ was again a combination of film and sound
and explored ideas of generation / regeneration and transformation;
that are connected to the current physical transformation that is
taking place in the redevelopment of the Princesshay site in
centre. The film charts the progress of a small area of the
redevelopment over one day, the result is a record of the changes that
occurred, not as a before and after set of photographs but as a
snapshot of the work in progress. By its nature it is a project both by
and for the community - it is both a record of the changes and an
opportunity to reflect and assess the regeneration of the city as it
occurs. The film was a part of the whole installation which also
included a series of still photographs. These photographs were taken
over a period of ten days, at approximately the same time each day,
through the viewpoints in the hoardings that surrounded the site.
installation also included a comments book that gave the
community the opportunity to comment on both the installation itself
and to add their reflections of the redevelopment. Finally, the work
continues to exist following the end of the Festival as a historical
record of the changing city centre during the redevelopment period.
I have consistently attempted to site my work in venues or locations
where it would be accessible to a wider audience rather than
a traditional concert or gallery space. For example, the Belshaw Band
performed in festivals, pubs and restaurants.
‘Between the Moon
and the Earth’ was part of a series of concerts of contemporary
music performed in The Boston Tea Party
(a large tea shop /
restaurant), ‘Transition’ was sited in Exeter Central
Library and ‘Palingenesis’ at a training and development
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