An ambient music composition that was inspired by midwinter in The New Forest.
Despite a glow in the sky from the directions of Southampton and Bournemouth, we still do get some beautiful starry skies deep in The New Forest. I think there’s an awe-inspiring majesty to them, which I tried to capture with this composition.
Watching the annual migration of birds over the New Forest as they start heading for sunnier, warmer climates in the Autumn was my inspiration for this piece.
I composed this after taking the dog out along a stream near Blackwater. It was one of those beautiful still, sunny mornings and the sunlight was filtering through the trees and catching the ripples here and there and turning them into tiny diamonds that seemed to dance and sparkle as they flowed downstream. I was inspired to try to capture the scene in sound.
This composition attempts to evoke the tranquility of night time in The New Forest woodlands.
Ambient Music piece. Influenced by seeing bunches of frozen berries encased in frost and waiting for the sun.
Snowfall in the New Forest is magical and quite rare these days, but it still does happen on occasions. In this piece, and following a walk out in the snow, I tried to reflect in music, the soft caress of snowflakes landing on the trees and the forest floor.
Have you ever laid on your back in a quiet natural environment on a summer’s day and looked up at the clouds drifting by? I think that they’re endlessly fascinating. I remember thinking how they sometimes resemble soft pillows and set about trying to compose something to reflect that with this work that also features some backwards sound elements.
It’s a new morning, and we’re on Whitfield Moor. It’s a huge, flat expanse of grass where ponies are quietly grazing in the early morning. The first light of the sun is creating a soft, pink light today and a low mist is hanging suspended in the still air just above the grass, in thin wispy lines as the sun filters magically through it. It’s ethereal… and kind of melancholy too. Stay for a while and experience ‘Mist on the Moor’…
A gentle ambient music piece that combines a forest stream with a soft Fender Rhodes electric piano composition. This was recorded on a pair of linked, vintage valve Brenell and Ferrograph, early 1960’s tape recorders connected together by a loop of tape to form a time lag accumulation tape delay (a technique from the world of 1960’s experimental tape music). The intention here was to try to create music to capture the way that ripples in the forest stream sparkle and dance in the morning sunlight.