Give us this day

Give us this day

In order to be good at something, you need to first spend time being bad at it. Musical instruments, and particularly the violin, where ‘bad’ takes on whole new layers of meaning, are very good examples of this idea. My students, when I had students, would...
Nothing ever happens

Nothing ever happens

I’ve written pretty much every day for well over 20 years. On average, somewhere around 1500 words a day. Often much more. I’m not talking about emails or text messages. I mean stopping, sitting down and writing for no reason other than to write. Most of...
Music for Airports takes off

Music for Airports takes off

I’m in Croatia for the launch of a project called Music For Airports. Named after the seminal Brian Eno album that considered the role of music for public space and kickstarted ambient music, the project created permanent sound art installations at Rijeka...
#MusicBricks – there’s a PhD right there

#MusicBricks – there’s a PhD right there

For the past year and a half, I’ve been working on a project called #MusicBricks. It was a European-funded project, the purpose of which was to take some of the really great results of academic research in the area of music tech and find ways to get it out to...
How universities have changed

How universities have changed

I can remember when universities used to treat students with utter contempt and disregard, while pampering and spoiling the professors and lecturers, indulging their every whim and acquiescing to their most selfish and childish demands – usually to the utter...
My superpower is eggs

My superpower is eggs

I make great eggs. Really seriously ‘restaurant-grade’ boiled, poached or scrambled eggs. Omelettes are a specialty, and I make a baked egg stack with pancetta that is out of this world. You’d think that a boiled egg is just a boiled egg – but...