The Making of “Icarus” – Future Memories

2021-02-23T16:13:49+11:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

As a child, a large, semi-abstract painting hung inside our front door. It was called "Icarus" and was painted by my mother at art school. Mum explained the story of Icarus to me which I found fascinating. I suspect the intention of telling me this story was as a cautionary tale – about listening [...]

The Making of “Forever” – Future Memories

2021-02-23T16:14:35+11:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Typically pop albums start with a bang! An up-tempo, catchy number to pull people into the album. Not so here. I chose the second slowest song on the album, clocking just 90 BPM and with a quiet, ambient introduction. Since this was more of a conceptual pop album, I liked the idea of beginning with [...]

2017 in Review

2021-02-23T16:15:17+11:00December 31st, 2017|Categories: Blog|

2017 has been a tough year for me with more lows than highs. Grieving the loss of a loved one, along with family, business and health challenges – the stuff life is made of! Still, the one thing which always keeps me moving forward and gives life meaning, is making music. I feel kind of ashamed [...]

New Order Live – Vivid 2016

2021-02-23T16:15:39+11:00June 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

I’ve seen New Order perform several times before, but when I read that they were headlining Sydney's Vivid Festival and performing at the Sydney Opera House with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), I knew this was something I had to experience. Kraftwerk similarly headlined Vivid at the Opera House in 2013, which I blogged about, [...]

Making Saturn’s Sun

2021-02-23T16:24:32+11:00April 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

For me, the most interesting part of making music is taking that germ of an idea and turning it into a song. In the early stages, a song can be anything – it is undefined and unlimited, and with that comes a great degree of optimism. As the production progresses, it seldom reaches [...]

The Five Year Song

2021-02-23T16:25:35+11:00December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog|

Whilst the creative spark for a song often only takes minutes, finishing it can sometimes take years. Looked at another way, the spark is really just establishing the creative problem. Sometimes the solution comes easily, whilst in other cases, I'll put the song aside and come back to it many times. Some songs have such [...]

Marnie and Best of 2013

2021-02-23T16:26:08+11:00December 24th, 2013|Categories: Blog|

Best Synthpop Albums of 2013 I'm delighted my 2013 album 'Mountain King' made it into The Pansentient League's Best Synthpop Albums of 2013. The Top 20 included some tough competition and many high profile albums by the likes of Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, OMD and Chvrches. In fact, Space March is probably the most [...]

It Must Be Obvious.

2021-02-23T16:26:20+11:00November 15th, 2013|Categories: Blog|

COVER ALBUMS I remember Peter Cooper (from ElectroSquad) saying at high school, that it was far preferable to discover a chord progression for yourself than learn it from someone else's song. And I know exactly what he means - if you learn someone else's song and you play its chord progression, often all you'll hear [...]

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