All posts by Andy Higgs

New home for acoustic panels

I built these acoustic absorption panels (as you do), but have nowhere to put them in my small flat, so musician and friend Ronen Kozokaro has made good use of them. I felt very chuffed when he sent these pics of them mounted to the wall in his newly constructed home studio.

Mixing day

Spent a fun and educational day mixing The Journey Between with Chris Marsh. He has vastly improved the overall impact of the track.

Chris at work at his console.
Additional computer to monitor the stereo image

Jinan Dance Project

I am currently composing a 60 minute score for the Jinan Dance Project, a new choreography which will be touring throughout China. I began my journey with a fun trip to Ray Man’s in Chalk Farm to try out some instruments. I bought a yueqin, de-fu-lo (both related to mandolins), di-zi (small flute), temple blocks and bells.

Weird and wonderful instruments at Ray Man. Very tempting but you can’t afford everything!
The large red drums at the back are traditional Chinese tanggu drums
What do I do with these?!

New commission

I feel very privilaged to have been invited to work with Stopgap Dance Company again. I am creating the music and soundscape for a new 20 minute outdoor space-themed piece The Journey Between, choreographed by dancer Chris Pavia, and which will be touring in the early summer. I am also working on a 10 minute curtain raiser Space in Gravity.

Chris Pavia and team at work creating The Journey Between

Thumbelina

I have recently found some time to continue orchestrating my ballet Thumbelina.  As is often the case with personal projects that aren’t written as part of a commission, and without looming deadlines, it is sometimes difficult finding the motivation to get it finished. But I am enjoying working on it while I have the opportunity.

Music For Contemporary Class Vol.2 – progress!

I have been working since Christmas writing a new album for contemporary dance, since I had a decent amount of time to myself to concentrate on it, and today I finished the final track and feel much relieved.

I still need to make a few minor improvements here and there, which involves listening back to the entire album several times to listen out for anything I’m not happy with. It’s always important to take a break from any recording project before you do this to give your ears a rest.

Then Barry Gardner of Safe and Sound Mastering will work his magic with the mastering. Barry has over 20 years experience in the music industry, works with the finest equipment money can buy, and is man who can hear sonic problems in your mix in an instant.

Being stuck in a room for weeks on end writing isn’t much of a social experience, but I always work with people in mind, inspired by those I know who will dance to and hopefully enjoy the music.

Original music for ballet class

The music is progressing well, but it has turned into an enormous project as I am writing multiple pieces for each exercise. Furthermore, due to other commitments I didn’t manage to get this recorded and released for 2016, so hopefully some time next year!

Here is a page of the latest addition to be included on the album.