Music expresses that which cannot be put into words - Victor Hugo.
The key to freedom is critical thinking and creative expression each found within music.
My Qualifications include: MA & BAHons in Creative Music Technology. BTEC Teaching Level 3. Currently developing a PhD in Music & Linguistics under Professor James Saunders and Dr Kate Muir at Bath Spa University.
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DAW Orchestral Mock-Up Sketch Book:
Below are a few sketches of scoring exercises, library music and just practice pieces created on the computer.I hope you enjoy listening to them :)
Pre-Coincidence + Beats
These pieces each need mixing in a Daw/Studio, and/or Recording Live. As a composer you will find that it is not always possible to have your work played live, unless you compose for a client or pay for an orchestra / band, therefore sometimes these mock-ups are your only chance to hear your own music.
This collection is based on orchestral mock-ups - if you want to listen to more serious music or experimental ‘stuff’ then please check out my other Avenues:
Two of my main DAWs. Logic I prefer for sequencing and digital scoring and ProTools I prefer for Mixing and Editing.
Older DAW Mock-Ups
Progression in 4 parts
The Procession 2010
Research in Music:
Music is a fascination of mine, whether it be the simplest of tunes or the mind-bending concepts of the relationship between language, psychology and music… Equally Sound Physics and the study of sound behaviour is such a deep curiosity I’m sure I will be researching these concepts for ever.
Below are a few examples of fascinating books and or people which highlight some of the area which inspire me to keep researching.
The Octave Illusion:
The work of psychologist Diana Deutsch explores many musical ‘tricks’ and illusions - something akin maybe to Optical Illusions. ~ For examples go to:
There is some amazing research out there available to you without University Library access. Oliver Sacs’ Musicophilia, is an easy read packed with anecdotes of music and the Brain. In one example, His client cannot speak, but once the music plays they can sing along quite easily. Also see Patel.
Is music a language? Are they connected at all? Steven Pinker is a great researcher who is a master of linguistics and he does from time to time offer up his thought on music, sometime controversially.
Aniruddh Patel is a neurosergeon of some note, and offers up some great ideas toward methods for writing music as a language.
• to be continued:
Come back soon fo more interesting reads :)
Ex-Student Review: Josh Greacen
Sacha and I worked together for over 6 years (from around 10yrs old to 16). and during that time he became my closest musical confident. Unlike most teachers I’ve known, he has a wonderful ability to adapt to a student’s particular interests/strengths, nurturing their love for music, rather than pushing them into a particular box.
I think he is one of the main reasons I’ve continued doing music long after our lessons stopped and have since been able to turn music into a career.
His knowledge and love of music is infectious and he can really help grow anyone into a keen musician. www.sadnightdynamite.com
Songwriting Classes: ~ Places now opening up
for six committed students (10-16 yrs)
Commencing January 2022 - Art House Cheddar.
Call/Text: Sacha - 07930244441 for details, or
contact CheddarArtSchool, Union St, BS273NA
Do you have a DAW? Need help getting to grips with it? From Track Laying to Dynamic Processing and Special Effects ~ DAWs are a fantastic way to build your own library of music, record mate’s bands, create music for your daughter’s film.
One2One lessons could help you push through the next barrier and get your Producing at a much Easier and Faster rate ~ enabling you to take it to a professional level.
Fancy some Experimentation? How about you build a New Musical Instrument from an old Electronic Toy? Its a lot of fun and you learn about soldering, electronic components, schematics and also methods for hacking devices. Music is a loose term ~ but interfacing with a device to alter sounds can be cool.
So you think you’re past it? Not True - Maybe your kids want to learn? Music is healthy, it expands the mind, trains the brain, develops critical thinking and exercises physical and mental processing ~ transferrable towards much of life’s other needs. If you would like to play your favourite tunes on a piano then have a go right now. Piano is a popular and versatile.
I love composing ~ I could sit for weeks and get into adjusting tiny details within a music score. From basic tune writing to traditional orchestral scoring, historical forms to modern experiments ~ Composing is mentally challenging, Exciting and ideal for someone with lots of free time, especially those who spend a lot of time on their own… So if you fancy yourself as a composer, have a go at this craft ~ its amazing!
There is nothing quite like conducting an orchestra! If this is something you have always dreamt of then why not take a few starter lessons. Of course you dint really get to grips with conducting until you actually have an orchestra in front of you, but you need to achieve a certain proficiency before you can access any podium time. I have created a beginners course for wannabe conductors. - Any Age. Drop me a message if this interests you :)
Sacha Atkinson MA, BA(Hons), CertEd.
For questions regarding Compositions, Lectures, Workshops and Private Lessons or for Discussions regarding my PhD please ~ email, text or call: