Each day I wake the world as new...
The Sun Shines
The Music 'The Sun Shines' accompanies a short poetic story and picture book for children and adults. A non-threatening and positive tale about the environment and renewable energy that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Enjoy the music together with the story and accompanying images at 100 Artworks.
A Short Lament For A Private Man
For those alone who find themselves surrounded by life, yet unable, unfortunate, or unwilling to welcome its company, I mark their passing with sound and light so they do not fall forever from our view.
A Short Lament For A Private Man at 100 Artworks includes art and further thoughts.
A Silent Movie
Composed and Performed by Mike de Sousa, Tenor Sax: Mick Perry.
A Silent Movie, a complex and personal work, was composed between 1986 and 1988, runs to forty minutes, and is read and heard concurrently.
My creative development by 1987 had led me to increasingly include written text as an integral part of my musical output. In 1988 I decided to embark on a work which would be ambitious in both content and style.
A Silent Movie contains a broad range of musical forms from acapello singing, jazz, classical, and spoken word, to the musical use of ambient sounds. A Silent Movie was to become the first 'audiotexs', and was technically very demanding as the advent of affordable digital audio had not yet arrived (all sound material was cut and pasted using traditional magnetic media technology).
A number of themes appear in this extract that are developed throughout the work: the life cycle, human cloning, and aesthetics.
"I like the style of your writing, it is unlike anything I have ever read..." Alan Bennett
"Good luck, I hope this work gets the wide exposure it deserves..." Malcolm Bradbury
Full Circle ~ extract. Full Credits. Listen to the full length piece presented in the player at the top of this page.
I began work on Our Town in December 1997. Over the following two years I interviewed hundreds of people for the project, and made thousands of ambient sound recordings. Our Town is a four movement work which runs to seventy minutes and was completed in the year 2000.
From infancy to old age, bankers and beekepers, mothers and fathers, rich, poor, happy, angry, sad. All are part of Our Town. Some tell of their passions, of those who have left and indelible mark on their lives, others of their journey as it nears its end. From morning to night, through sun, wind and rain, through every season of the year, you will hear sounds from familiar and unexplored places.