I am Simon Webb, a 21st century New Age composer and performer. I started THE BRAIN, from which ANOTHER DAY is taken, in 2000, along with the construction of an ocean going sailing catamaran. THE BRAIN was released in 2006, and the follow-up, A LEAP INTO THE LIGHT, will be released in September 2007. My third album, working title TECHNO NOMAD, will be recorded onboard the catamaran as I attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
My first album, THE BRAIN was released in 2006, and the follow-up, A LEAP INTO THE LIGHT, a multimedia 5.1 project is being released worldwide through 2007 and 2008. I am currently working on a choral project: IN ANOTHER WORLD.
I do. I have since I was a child: In the theatre, the concert hall, church, rock concerts. In fact, anywhere I can!
In the future I would like to perform in the environment: On beaches, in quarries, on quaysides, in the landscape, as well as the more conventional music venues.
Special live moments include playing live my score for HENRY V at The National Theatre in London in 2003.
Leonardo Da Vinci
George Martin and The Beatles
Piano, Organ, Prophet V, DX7, MKS 30, VCS3, D50, synthesizers, a bunch of computers and software including Cubase and Cool Edit, lots of things you bang, the sound environment.
In my music I am trying to explore the cracks between contemporary and classical music, trying to find the 'new' in new music, trying to find and present the 'organic' in digital.
I try to avoid metronomes and tuners, hard quantize and nineteenth century harmony, for they are definitely 'old school'. I try to embrace the new, keep my ears open, surf the environment, let my music breathe, and make it real, for that is where the ideals of the New Age lie.