ARTIST'S STATEMENT

In the decade since I first entered the world of music composition, I never once drew attached to one particular genre. Rather, I embraced all of them, arriving at where I am (and continually aim to be) today - a pluralistic composer.

My recent work has explored post-modernist studies in tonal hierarchy and audience recognition (“The Point of Recognition III” (2017)) and acoustic chamber pieces built from the migratory paths and vocalizations of animals with reference to the biomusic of Alan Hovhaness and George Crumb (“The Blue Whale” (2017)). Further works include an ongoing symphonic interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s classic text (“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (2015-present)), a minimalist study in microtonality inspired from Steve Reich’s “Piano Phase” (1967) (“Common Cents” (2016)) and a pastiche of Baroque fugue drawing closely on the works of J.S.Bach and the rules of Fuxian Counterpoint (“String Fugue in G Minor” (2017)).

Additional explorations involving the fusion with another practice – that of sound design – include a post-modernist musical theatre work influenced by the works of Stephen Sondheim (“Aria” (2017)), an upcoming addition to a modal-based suite for two pianos (“A Day in the Life of a Mode” (2015-present)), and practicing screen music and sound design with several short film scores (“Film Score No.2 – Sebastian's Voodoo” (2016) and "Film Score No.4 - Dust Buddies" (2018)).

Recently, I have endeavoured to collaborate with other creative artists and practitioners, working on a popular song with German artist, ‘E-Motion-L’ (“Bei Dir” (2017/18)), a Christmas anthem which was written for and premiered at the carol service of All Saints, Witley (“Angels We Have Heard On High” (2017)), a chamber work tailored to the ensemble, ‘Trifarious’ (“The Arctic Tern” (2017)), which won the ‘David Lovatt’ composition prize at the University of Surrey in 2017, and a composer residency for the 2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition, collaborating with local performers through its immersion program for the recent piece, "The Hills of Banaue" (2018).

In 2019, I began honing my craft at video game music, releasing the free music library, "RPG Orchestral Essentials", and writing the soundtrack for two upcoming indie titles, collaborating closely with their developers; "Treasure Hound" by Bleeding Edge Studios, and "Eyes of Light" by Lirato.

In this pluralistic age, I strive to be a pluralistic composer, ready to adapt to any project and intent on learning everything the world of sound has to offer, and what I can offer it.

Last Updated: 26th October 2019

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ABOUT ME (b.1995)

During 2009, a performance of J.S.Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" awoke my desire for music, and ever since then I have been fuelled with motivation to pursue it.

This newfound curiosity urged me to push my abilities at playing the piano, leading to a quick achievement by winning a 'Young Musician of the Year' award twice during 2011 and 2012 in my final years of secondary school.

While music performance was where my interest began, composition soon began to intrigue me. After writing two little pieces as part of the school's curriculum, I started to venture further in 2012 and started teaching myself composition by studying composers of the past; from the Baroque fugues of Bach to the 20th Century orchestral music of Stravinsky.

After my interest in composition became more prevalent, I looked for further opportunities to expand, and in 2013 I applied to the National Youth Orchestra to be a composer - of which I was fortunate enough to be granted an interview.

In 2014, I started a BMus in Music at the University of Surrey. During my time here, I discovered a further interest into the world of sound design, and it has since become my greatest hobby. This prompted me to begin recording and designing sounds myself and contributing to the website "Freesound.org" starting in 2015, of which my sounds have garnered well over 400,000 downloads. I later joined the Freesound moderation team in May 2017 to give a little something back to the site where I took my first steps into sound design, and started creating professional sound libraries in June 2017.

After finishing my undergraduate at the University and winning the "David Lovatt" composition competition in 2017, I was motivated to start working on this website to begin sharing my work with the world and entering various composition competitions. This led to my composer-fellowship with the '2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition' to assist in the restoration efforts of this incredible landscape in the northern Philippines through music.

Most recently, I achieved a distinction in my Master's degree in Music Composition at the University of Surrey in September 2018.

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