Discography The Noble Pauper's Grave Passing Decades Space And Other Singles A Question of Expression One Day a New Horizon Into the Mouth of the Tiger All albums available from the iTunes music store. Rory Ridley-Duff started musical life as the keyboard player in the English progressive rock band Protos. Recently, he also became a solo artist after releasing Passing Decades and A Question of Expression (available from iTunes music store). In 2006, he formed a music publishing company New Horizons Music with Steve Anscombe (guitarist in the band Protos) to start new musical collaborations and projects. On 18th October 2007, a new album by Protos called The Noble Pauper's Grave was released.
I was a self-taught keyboard player until the age of 19. When Protos reached agreement with a local company to produce an LP, I decided to get a formal music education. Initially, I enrolled on a Jazz/Popular music course where I learnt to write music. Steve and I put a band together with students of classical music (Nigel Rippon and Iain Carnegie). Protos gigged, playing symphonic rock, for two years in the south of England. In 1983, London University beckoned. I studied music, specialised in composition and orchestration, and graduated in 1986. In the early 1990s, I started using up-to-date music technology to record all the material written during and after my university years. This remained unreleased until 2006 when it was published in two album by New Horizons Music. New solo and band projects are planned for 2007/2008.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I enjoyed playing with Protos. There is a good chance we will play together again in 2008 as a result of releasing two albums in 2006. This time, I hope I can find a roadie willing to lug all those keyboards!
Your musical influences
The first LPs I bought as a teenager were by Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells), Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) and Queen (Sheer Heart Attack). In the years that followed, I grew to love the music of Yes, Genesis, ELP, Camel, Supertramp and others of this genre. In the 1980s, however, this changed. I came to enjoy Level 42, Pat Metheny, Yellowjackets and US artists like Al Jarreau, Lionel Richie and George Benson. Classical influences, such as Ravel, Debussy and Satie also played their part in developing my philosophy towards writing music. By the 1990s, I was writing music that sat at the cross-roads of jazz/classical/rock. This is where I feel most comfortable.
What equipment do you use?
A piano for composing, Roland modules for orchestration, arrangement and recording.