About Me

I'm a musician originally from Norwich in the UK, living in Hiroshima, Japan. I have a shakuhachi shihan (master) certificate and the performing name 妙心 (Myoushin).

My first instrument was the piano. I started performing as a teenager, playing blues and boogie-woogie in various pubs and clubs in Norwich, UK.

Around the same time, I started playing keys in an indie band. I’ve continued to play keyboards as well as banjo and various other instruments in many different projects, which have led to sessions for various artists, including the E-Z Rollers, Flytronix, and Taxi.

Between 1998 and 2001, I played keyboards with Mac Tontoh and the Kete Warriors, a superb 14-piece band featuring both traditional west-African percussion and more contemporary instruments. This stint included recording an album, a trip to Ghana, and two tours of the UK culminating in a residency at the Edinburgh Festival. Mac Tontoh was a founder member of Osibisa, and has sadly since passed away.

In my home studio (a forever changing selection of musical equipment, that has included cassette four-tracks, reel-to-reel machines, samplers, PCs, and now is essentially a computer running Linux) I have recorded several bands including Bearsuit and Hyper Kinako (recordings I made of these bands were played on John Peel’s show), and solo artists such as Andrew Taylor and Hannah Sanders.

Whilst at Art school in the mid-nineties, I became interested in building instruments. Among other things, I made several tubular-bell instruments including one tuned to quartertones, a Marimba tuned to the harmonic series, and “the bathophone”, which consisted of a set of tuned chimes suspended over a tank of water. A foot-pedal lowered the chimes into the tank, creating an acoustic pitch-bend effect (and lots of other extraneous sounds).

The Bathophone

I still periodically make various acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments although my woodworking skills plateaued at quite a low level. At college, I was very lucky to meet Bob Gilmore, an expert in the compositions of Harry Partch, from whom I learned a great deal about microtonal theory (specifically Just Intonation) in quite a short time.

More recently, I've worked with the artist Jake Bee and the composer Duncan Hendy.

My current musical inspirations are Captain Beefheart, Harry Partch, Tom Waits, Bob Log III, Grinderman, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bootsy Collins, Woody Guthrie, Joni Mitchell, Eugene Chadbourne, Yokoyama Katsuya, Nakamura Akikazu, Minoru Muraoka, Too Many Zooz and more.