I live currently in North London. For 27 years I have pursued the creation
of composed and improvised music. I have worked also during this time as a
private tutor in mathematics (mostly) and physics.
My other interests include humour, health and nutrition and many fields
beginning from maths and music but extending further. I also have an
interest in spirituality and philosophy - tending toward the Eastern rather
than the Western - but applying it to contemporary living.
If you have found this site through one of my specific interests, or by
accident, then should you find new areas to interest you that would make me
happy. I am highly enthusiastic about all this, as you will see. Here are a
few snapshots of my (perhaps) radical thoughts in these areas:
In my musical creation I am reinforcing directness, expressing something
simple yet affecting, using the mind as an instrument rather than as an
obsession which often in the case with new music. For me the most effective
musical creation comes from a deeply stilling intention. My music is almost
all tonal and melody-like (if not with a melody) - it is not an arduous
assault course for the newcomer.
Music for me is an ocean of exploration, the communication of internal
realities through airwaves, using written scores, improvised and
semi-improvised, computer-generated as well as orchestral and chamber music..
The states of mind accessed through music inspire me greatly, music having
been one means whereby I have and do recover from depletion, and access
deeply joyful moods.
I consider that the training of young (and all) students in the ability to
be able to concentrate effectively whilst as relaxed as possible is the most
important factor lacking. This concentration, and study skills also could be
a new subject at school, which should assume central importance. Without
these capabilities students are in for a bumpy ride, one which is often not
Education I feel is in sore danger of losing its inspired content. Teachers
appear to be so drenched in paperwork and guidelines and political
requirements for monitoring that it is increasingly hard to speak to young
people with real expression, inventive powers, and motivating inspiration.
All of that currently has to come from individual teachers, despite the
welter of structure thrust upon them.
Health and nutrition is a concern to me particularly as I have seen how much
our societies are neglecting prevention, it seems deliberately, (doctors not
being required to study nutrition in their training for instance) and my
informing sources in this area have all been through my personal friends and
acquaintances. You would probably not believe how much further nutritional
research has progressed beyond doctors' capacity to keep up, nor how many
effective means there are for shielding one's health that most folk are not
as yet aware of.
My friend Paul Benson has collected what is to my mind a useful map of these
cutting edge developments.