The Map of Music

From David Bruce Composer. Have you ever thought about all the different ways people make music, or the reasons they have for doing it? In this video I attempt to map them ALL! All the reasons people make music, the instruments they use and the ways the music is constructed -the rhythms, the pitches and…

10 Years of Composing BLUNDERS

From David Bruce Composer. I originally called this 20 years of composing blunders because I could say more! But the first 10 years or my composing mistakes were more than enough for one video I felt – perhaps I’ll do a part 2 some time. In any case, this is an honest look at some…

The M.C.Escher of Music?

From David Bruce Composer. Who is the master of musical illusions? The Music equivalent of M.C.Escher? Escher himself would probably say J.S.Bach but in this video I make the case for Hungarian composer György Ligeti, whose work is full of Musical Illusions. In this video I look at the following musical illusions: 03:36 The Infinite…

Written in Lockdown – performed in the bath

From David Bruce Composer. World premiere performance of ‘Swanning Around’ by David Bruce. Performed and recorded at home by Orchestra of the Swan during the Covid-19 Lockdown 2020. Commissioned by Orchestra of the Swan with funds provided by Arts Council England. (As the orchestra is freelance and has lost all their performing income during lockdown,…

The Subtle Art of Modern Pop Production

From David Bruce Composer. With modern technology, pop producers have incredible control over every aspect of their music. In this video I take a look at some of their processes and approaches, focusing mainly on Ian Kirkpatrick’s hilarious and informative Instagram livestreams and on Finneas, who produces his sister Billie Eilish’s tracks. It might surprise…

The new SOLO PERCUSSION music

From David Bruce Composer. The last 100 years have seen an explosion in the amount of music written where Percussion is the star of the show – solo pieces for multiple percussion instruments, concertos, duos, quartets and percussion ensembles. In this video I look at the influences that led to this rise in percussion compositions,…

Electronic Music for ORCHESTRA

From David Bruce Composer. What would a piece of electronic music sound like on an orchestra? Or a piece of orchestral music sound like on electronic instruments? I collaborate with Jeremy Blake from the channel Red Means Recording and we swap roles. In this video I take his electronic track ‘Aquamarine’ and create an orchestral…

Is BACH The Most DANGEROUS Composer? | Q&A

From David Bruce Composer. In this video I answer questions from viewers relating to music and composing include why Bach chorales and voice-leading, why Bach is a dangerous role-model for us composers, thoughts on the nature of classical music, mental health and reasons for composing, and much more! Questions : 0:37 How do works become…