A member of the initial team who designed and released the Custom Series 75 (powered by Neve) audio console, Dirk authored the operators manual and has provided technical and sales support for the company for a number of years.

The console recreates the old Neve 1073 and 1081 mic pre/EQ using modern topology (relays and IC's), and the recently released 2254R compressor (also a recreation of the old 1969 Neve 2254) is across the mix bus. Classic and modern summing on two mix busses is the key here. Amazing sounding piece of kit. 

Custom Series 75 Manual


Dissertation - From Imitation to Innovation: Developing a Personal Style in Music

This study explores the development of the author’s musical identity by reflecting on the creative processes inherent in the making of an album of original music. A case study explores both tangible and intangible practices for developing a strong musical identity by imitating antecedents on the guitar. Practice, composition and production processes are documented through video, audio and written recordings. Self-reflection, together with an examination of the relevant literature assists in preparing the fundamentals for semi-structured interviews with three research participants. The ensuing discussion reveals ways in which a strong musical identity can be developed by transforming pre-existing musical ideas into new works using theoretical approaches, the recordings of our pre-cursors and other intangible practices. Finally, these discoveries are compared and contrasted, then presented as integrated approaches to developing a personal music style.

Evelyn Glennie

It's people like Evelyn Glennie who turn the rest of us in to a bunch of whinging time wasters ..

Yet instead of feeling bad about it, she forces you off the couch in the most positive way. The solo percussionist / composer who has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12 yet has collaborated with Ana Vasconcelos, Kodo, Bela Fleck, Bjork, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Emmanuel Ax, Kings Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Fred Frith and the Taipei Traditional Chinese Orchestra.

I first saw Evelyn perform a three movement percussion / drum kit / cymbal work alongside an orchestra with my mother in '99. Not really knowing much about her, I remember us wondering why she was barefoot and I remember whispering amongst ourselves about a few odd moments where her stature didn't seem to be 'normal' (whatever that is). It was only during the final 5 minutes of the concert when the musical director presented her with a bunch of flowers that we realised she was profoundly deaf...

It was an incredible performance - I'll never forget the horn section playing rocks above their heads, whilst Evelyn tore the 'rock' drum kit apart. There were all sorts of humorous inclusions and connotations that demonstrated her outside of the box approach.

Anyway, she knows how to listen better than the vast majority of us!! I'll let her wrap this one up;

New Music, Unpopularity & Pushing Ourselves

Everything has been done before & nothing is new! The two most overused and depressive outlooks on life to form an adage. I guess I'll quit now..

I read an article today which saw Sandy Evans challenge what it is that goes in to creating a piece of new music - and it's worth a thought ! Evans points out that for music to be new it must contain the 'death of old sounds' (interesting in itself), and that therefore the latest Cold Play (or equiv) record isn't classified as new music because they have aligned themselves with those old adages in order to gain commercial success.

I'm the last one to 'cock a snook' at commercial success, however using Evans article, new music is by definition, unpopular. It pushes the boundaries of our ears, it can hurt, however once we get over that initial pain and commit to understanding what is being communicated we enter a new world fit for exploration, and it's for that reason that I love new music ..


Has anyone ever landed in a foreign country and immediately gained a headache from the new music they were confronted with on route to their hotel? Upon returning home I find I miss those sounds that I first found to be ugly, my brain rewires itself through necessity, I've even found myself reminiscing to friends on these sounds ..

The flip side, popular music, can of course also be fascinating. In many ways it is noticing what we have in common! Bobby McFerrin (Don't Worry Be Happy) demonstrates this perfectly.

The point? We notice the commonalities more than we move outside our comfort zones. Pushing ourselves to listen to new music is good for our well being, and good for the artists who are creating it. More often than not, due to it's unpopularity, those artists are truly penniless.

I find John Zorn a good stepping stone for people who are looking to get outside ... He may not be classified as 'unpopular', however you certainly won't find him on prime time TV.

"What I completely reject is the idea that music is a hierarchy: the so-called more complex forms, such as classical music, are higher than jazz, which in turn is more complex and therefore higher than blues, which is higher than pop music, or whatever. All of them are on the same level! And all of them should be respected in the same way.

All the genres are the f*!#ing same.

My music is ideal for impatient people, because it is packed full of information that changes very quickly."

John Zorn (Berendt & Huesman, 2009, p. 180)

And ... perhaps one day we'll all understand Harry Partch!

How do you define new music?

Do you push yourself regularly enough?


Berendt, J.E., Huesman, G., (2009). The jazz book: From ragtime to the 21st century. (7th ed.). Chicago IL: Lawrence Hill Books.    

Evans, S. (2008). Celebrating humanity through the creative process. Retrieved:


Sound Design & Mix - Rafik Majzoub: Memoirs of a screw

A 5-part biographical documentary web series by Ann Megalla.

Rafik Majzoub (Born 1971, Jordan) is an Outsider Artist who landed on the Lebanese art scene like a tornado in the early 1990's and whose cult-like fame has gone beyond his city of adoption. Majzoub's curious character cuts through any false facade to expose the imperfections of life. Likewise, his emotionally charged artworks cracks open the murky corners of the soul & of the creative spirit.

With disarming honesty, and a voice that is intimately his own, Rafik Majzoub brings us a life story that is frank, fearless and true.

Directed, Written, Produced - Ann Megalla

Music - Abed K.

Sound Design & Mix - Dirk Terrill