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‘Appy new yar! For a change I’m actually nearly on the ball, studio, house, office all tidy and relatively sorted for the new year. Had a quiet few days so I got the chance to do bita organising and prep work for the coming two months. I’ve also been drawing up the plans for waxbotanical.com version three. Lots of new ideas and a few new interactive features. Its gonna be a while till I start building thou as I’ve loads to do the next few weeks. I’m really looking forward to updating the pages as the changes I have planned will also have a big effect on the way the office and studio are run. Project and commission scrapbooks, client side logins, an online store, proper gig listings, a design page and band bio info’s are all in the pipeline. I expect to have it up by early summer all going well but depending on the rate commissioned work I may have to push that back.

The Black Déchaîné is an idea I have for an instrumental group playing some original, simple quirky jazz/afro-beat stuff and really just an excuse for me to have a chance to play the drums more, as well as music that’s fun to play live. It’ll also give me a chance to practice my arranging and the lines I write will be played on real instruments, something I don’t get a chance to do (yet) with the orchestral mock-ups. The instrument line up planned will be: drum kit/tuned percussion, tuba, sax, clarinet, trumpet and pump organ (synthesized). I have a few muso’s around tommytown in mind but if some aren’t available it’ll be easy to transpose the lines to another instrument. Hopefully thou I can avoid using any guitars or basses :D