Category Archives: Method Music

Relating to the album Method Music by Lawrence Ball, co-produced with Pete Townshend.

Designing the Lifehouse-Method music portraiture system.

To create the Lifehouse-Method music portraiture system for Pete Townshend, I cranked up astronomically huge numbers of different available melodic streams. These were generated by my discovery Harmonic Mathematics, programmed for the project by wizard programmer Dave Snowdon. These giant … Continue reading

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Imaginary Galaxies – CD 2 of Method Music

These 3 pieces evolved from many earlier compositions. I had been fascinated for some time with combining very slow tempo, and long loops, which change gradually in a highly ordered and very deliberate way. This gives rise to a paradoxically … Continue reading

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Dave Snowdon – Lifehouse-Method web user interface and software engineer.

I met Dave Snowdon in 1993 at a computer show at Wembley. From the first conversations with him I realised that he was a good programmer – he had already adapted a music sequencer program for the Atari computer – … Continue reading

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Synthesized and cyber-music in the Who’s and in experimental music.

Always a forerunner in forging new paths for music, Pete Townshend was one of the first rock musicians to utilise the sequencer and the synthesiser, as pre-recorded sequences, most famously in Baba O’Riley, Won’t Get Fooled Again and Sister Disco. … Continue reading

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Creating high quality for the Method Music album

There were four stages in the production of my album when Pete wanted an improvement in quality that involved a certain amount of reconfiguring. I had created all the music in my home using my iMac with one synthesiser and Pete … Continue reading

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Working with Pete Townshend

Working with Pete has been a very unique and special experience for me. Pete is a lot of exotic adjectives. Very imaginative, intense, encouraging, enthusiastic, exciting, and insistent on high quality of work and sound recording. Its uplifting to hear … Continue reading

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The relationship of the album Method Music and the Lifehouse Method portraiture to my 1984 series of composition called Number Rays

In 1983 it came to me to develop a new kind of mathematics which I call harmonic mathematics. It is a way to create changes in the data of one of the senses (audio and/or visual) such that chaos continually … Continue reading

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Terry Riley, Pete Townshend and Lawrence Ball – a triangle of inspiration.

My Californian friend Terry Riley is a composer, who by inspiring both Pete Townshend and myself, firstly drew Pete and myself together, which then resulted in so far 3 areas of Pete and myself working together. Terry’s “Rainbow In Curved … Continue reading

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Method Music

Towards the end of 2003, I received a phone call from Pete Townshend, shortly preceded by a call from Nicola Joss, Pete’s efficient secretary. We talked for almost an hour, and I went to meet him at his studio in … Continue reading

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