Music, much like mathematics, is a young person's game. If you haven't made it by the time you're 25, your chances of making an impact on the world are significantly diminished. That's not to say it's impossible, it's just much less likely.

Basically, I'm beginning to come to the realisation I'm not going to be a rock star. I might not even make it into space. To that end, I've decided that, instead of scribbling away at writing and rewriting the same songs I've been trying to improve for the last 10 years, I'd go the other way. A few months ago, I put a dictaphone next to the piano and started recording the occasional random improvisation. Originally, the idea had been to pick the best bits and rework them for some reason or another but after listening back to them, I found there's some appeal in just hearing the raw first-take complete with do-overs and occasional accidental 'quotes' from other pieces.

Over the next little while, I'll be uploading some of them just so that I know I've done something with them other than leave them on a tape in the back of a drawer. When listening to them, bear in mind two things:

  1. The piano needs retuned almost every week so some of it might be a bit rough.
  2. This is, as the title says, 'Uncooked Composition'. I come in from work, take my shoes off, sit down at the piano, press record. There's no post-processing anywhere so there will be mistakes and do-overs.