Category: Music

  • Going paperless as a conductor: iPad + forScore

    Going paperless as a conductor: iPad + forScore

    One of the advantages of being half classical musician, half tech nerd is that I’ve actively enjoyed being forced to grapple with new technologies as a result of the pandemic. In order to keep doing some version of what we do, musicians have adapted to make use of video-conferencing, audio recording, and pretty much anything […]

  • An A.I. attempts to rewrite Thomas Tallis

    An A.I. attempts to rewrite Thomas Tallis

    Jukebox is a type of neural net – an network of artificial nodes which is ‘trained’ on a series of data, and can then be taught to use this data to generate new strings. These artificial intelligence networks have been used to create unique images, poetry, scripts, and music. Essentially, they work from one data-point […]

  • Book Notes: The Beat Stops Here

    Book Notes: The Beat Stops Here

    It is a truism that conducting can’t be learned from a book. I don’t actually think there are any books out there that purport to be able to teach conducting in complete isolation from actual experience in front of a group of musicians. But I’ve often found books on conducting helpful in clarifying ideas, or […]

  • I’m dreaming of a white…carol-book

    I’m dreaming of a white…carol-book

    Going from being the centre of attention on the podium, everyone’s breath waiting on your slightest movement, to once more being just another small box in the corner of someone’s screen, is bruising for the usually well-nourished conducting ego. After a precious couple of months back in action this Autumn, November’s supplementary lockdown heralded a […]