Freezing Weather Influences Music Composing?

At this moment in time I should be working on the music score for a corporate video but sometimes you just can’t get your head into the right gear for the relevant project.  So what started off as a piece of music supposedly written as the opening for this video has now turned into something far too filmic – but just right for Fordante.

It just made me realise how unpredictable the process of writing music really is.  Sure, you can keep working on ideas until you hit on the right note (ahem) but I think sometimes it’s great to let your mind wonder and see where you end up (when you’ve got the luxury of time that is).   Which made me think how unscientific this process is.  Or is it?  When writing music (or doing anything creative I guess) are we reacting to our immediate environment and influenced by our surroundings? On this cold Friday morning, the studio hasn’t warmed up and I’m starting to get fed up of looking out of my window at the frozen fields and snow covered hills and I’m sure it’s having some effect on what I’ve just composed.

Mind you though, in this case I’m glad it has.

Artwork complete – CD ready to roll

All of the artwork has been completed and the CD has now been manufacturered and is making it’s way towards journalists and the press for their valuable feedback and opinion.

Below you can see the Fordante cover artwork.  I decided to get a cariacature artist involved rather than having the usual pose of everyone in front of their musical instruments and I’m impressed with what Mikey Ball (TheArtyOne) has done.  I wanted the cover to reflect a little of our style so I didn’t just want another posing photo of us all in front of the instruments – in fact you only have to look at most other classical CD to know what I mean!  And after all, some of our music is intentionally a little less high-brow than more conventional classical music so I quite liked this lighter approach.

Fordante - The Arrival CD Cover
Fordante - The Arrival CD Cover

After several years writing the music it’s great to have Fordante’s debut CD finally in my hand and ready to roll.

First Newsletter & Happy Christmas

We’ve just sent out our first Fordante e-newsletter.  If you’ve not recieved a copy and would like to be kept up to date with what we’re doing, simply send an email to ‘‘ with the word subscribe in the title.  Don’t worry, you won’t me bombarded with newsletters, there will only be two or three a year.

Fordante at Christmas :-)
Fordante at Christmas 🙂

Have a Happy Christmas and a great New Year!

Cariacatures of Fordante

It’s been a busy few weeks setting up a record label and finalising the artwork for the CD but it has atleast given me the opportunity to work with a talented artist from Birmingham called Mikey Ball (TheArtyOne) who has been responsible for the cariacatures for the forthcoming album cover.  You can see three of them below and I hope you can see why I’m really pleased with what Mikey’s created.

Fordante cariacature artwork
Fordante cariacature artwork

The full artwork for the album cover will follow in a post soon.

Mastering engineer Dave Mitson

I have been lucky enough to have a very talented mastering engineer (Dave Mitson of the Mitsonian Institute) involved with mastering our album. Having worked on albums by Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond and film soundtracks this is someone who knows his craft. And now he’s finished and I’m absolutely blown away by what he’s added.

Fordante mastering
Fordante mastering

For those unsure of what the mastering engineer does, he (or she) is the person who takes the final mixed recordings and adjusts levels, adds a bit of sparkle and basically puts that little bit of magic onto the recording that only a mastering engineer knows how! So a big thanks to Dave for his stirling work.

If you’ve got a project you need mastering I can’t recommend Dave strongly enough. You can find out more at:

Fordante Album ‘THE ARRIVAL’ Taster Tracks Uploaded

I’ve just uploaded some of the tracks onto the Music page so that you can get a taste of what will be on the album ‘The Arrival‘ when it is released early 2010.

Fordante concept CD cover artwork
Fordante concept artwork CD cover for The Arrival debut album

Above is the concept artwork for the CD cover and although I like the colours I don’t think we’ll be using itand mask as it doesn’t say enough about us.

New Radnor Concert (MiNR)

A very warm reception was felt at the last concert in New Radnor, just over the border into Wales. It’s always interesting to hear audience feedback because this is new music to most listeners and when it’s so well received it’s really appreciated.

Thanks also to Mary for providing us with a tastey picnic before we went on.

Birmingham ArtsFest photos

Here’s something I forgot to mention recently – ArtsFest. Great experience playing outside in an open air stage with cascading water running under your feet!

Fordante at ArtsFest Birmingham 2009
ArtsFest 2009 Birmingham featuring Fordante
Fordante at ArtsFest Birmingham 2009
ArtsFest 2009 Birmingham featuring Fordante

It’s always great to perform although thats not to say that it went quite as smoothly as it should! On the one hand it’s nice to not have to take the stage piano, mixer, amplification, lighting etc. However, it’s abit scary when you’re trying to play a piano with no sustain pedal. Worse still this piano decided to sustain every note – not a pleasent sound at times. So lesson learnt: Whenever I’m told you don’t need your own equipment ignore it!

It was fun though.

Just returned from photoshoot

Just returned from photoshoot where we’ve had loads of photos of Fordante taken. Some atmospheric (moody), some deep in thought (playing) and a couple even managed to get us all smiling. But which ones actually make it onto the website and into the brochures, we’ll have to wait and see….