"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: I compose to commission
You want to know about 'moi'? Why that's charming, thank you! So, read on, or click off.
LINKED IN is always an interesting network for 'professional' exposure and quasi erudite exchanges.
Musicians often describe themselves as
Engineers? Well, they usually call themselves an 'Engineer'.
The likes of Vivaldi, W.A. Mozart, or Salieri? They were all 'teachers'. Even these days a composer will probably be a teacher of music too, for they all taught music, the 'Greats' I mean.
To survive as a composer/musician you will arrange the mundane for a few extra pence, trying to add some musical sparkle to it. (cf. KV 605) You will struggle for your art; but persist, and now and again you will sculpt a fine work or better. Remembering always that : "Ars lunga vita brevis!."
'Composition' can be an intensely private process unless you are working on a collaborative ‘joint 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 in this respect)
It takes 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 reflect on the 'greats'. Johannes Brahms, for example, was full of self-doubt and reportedly destroyed a large sections of his work or else sent his pieces to Clara Schumann for feedback. She was the pair of 'trusted ears' that helped him to face up to is personal doubts and misgivings.
I created this website in the hope that it could sort out my 'catalogue' of 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.
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
The Train (Arriving Late)
There can be great value harking back to your roots and having been born in Scotland? That takes me back to Pipes and fiddle. 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 mind and body seemed to become transfixed by the power of the drone. So too, was my first live audition of violin melodies at the Mod.
Pop songs about Daleks are just sonic flotsam that washes up near our creative beach hut. A few hours of carving and the flotsam can be something reasonable to chuck back out there. Such songs are for fun and who knows? We all need to keep our eye on having fun!
The 1st year of this site being active and I have much more to add, all of good quality, so it will take time.
'Carmina Ex Ruinas' (a unique excursion into the history of monastic dissolution in Britain) has taken 12 months to complete: recorded Demo and fully scored.
Now, we are presenting live performances, for, is there anything better than live events?