"There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be"
(John Lennon, All you need is love)
NAME Roland Karl Bryce
LOCATION Lewes , U.K.
JOB: Music Technology Lecturer
STYLES: Composes to commission
You want to know about 'moi'? Why that's charming, thank you!
Earning a living as a Composer has never been exactly easy, from what I can tell. Reading musicians' profiles in 'Linked IN', they often describe themselves as a Composer/Arranger/Pianist/Teacher.
Engineers on the other hand, they usually just call themselves 'Engineer'.
Historically speaking, the likes of Vivaldi, Mozart, or Salieri were all 'teachers'. It seems they all taught music, the 'Greats' I mean.
To survive as a composer/musician you might possibly arrange some mundane theme for a few extra pence, trying to add some musical sparkle to it. (cf. KV 605) You struggle for your art, but persist, and now and again you might sculpt a very fine musical work or better. Remembering always that : "Ars lunga vita brevis!"
(Art is long, but life is short.)
'Composition' can be an intensely private process unless you are working on a collaborative venture.
You shut yourself away for hours upon end, seldom hearing the final result except in your head. (So saying, music technology has helped greatly to keep us better in touch with the musical outcomes.)
It takes personal courage to reveal your musical ideas to the world on manuscript, or (as is more likely these days) a recorded ‘track’. Even so, self-doubt creeps in from all corners. I often think about the 'greats', like Brahms, for example, who was full of self-doubt and reportedly destroyed a large number of his works. He sent scores to Clara Schumann for feedback, for she was the pair of 'trusted ears' that helped him to face up to his personal doubts and misgivings.
My website shows off some of my compositions. If we don't self-promote, the likelihood is that nobody else will promote our music. YOLO as they say! Go for it!
Be kind to composers, they are probably overdrawn at the Bank.
The Stirling-Perth railway line: Easter Cornton crossing.
THE TRAIN (Delayed) 2018 is a new piece for flute and prepared piano.
The Pirates' Party Music 2018
The Train (Arriving Late) 2018
It can be nostalgic reaching back to your roots. Born in Scotland, that takes me back to Bag-pipes and Scottish fiddle playing. Nothing could have prepared me for my first experience of standing, hearing a pipe band at the Highland Games as a child. Every cell in my body seemed to become transfixed by the power of the drone. So too, was my first live audition of violin melodies and enembles at the Mod.
I also recall the very first episode of Doctor WHO, The electronic music was startling. Therefore Pop songs about Daleks (2018) are just sonic flotsam that washes up near our creative beach hut. A few hours of carving and the flotsam can be something quite reasonable to chuck back out there. Such songs/tracks are for fun and who knows? We all need to keep our eye on having fun!
The 1st year of this Wix website being active and I have more to add, but it will take time.
'Carmina Ex Ruinas' (a unique excursion into the history of monastic dissolution in Britain) has taken me 12 months to complete: there is a recorded demo and the work is now fully scored.
We presented 2 live performances, the 1st in St John the Baptist Church, Lewes and the 2nd in Ringmer Church, East Suxssex.