the only michael - musician, composer, producer

Music for Words

Between April 2014 and March 2014  I produced and presented a monthly radio programme on Basic FM featuring spoken word-music pieces, experiments and collaborations. All 12 programmes are now available to listen or download here

I have also set up a Music For Words account on Soundcloud to archive some of my collaborative work with poets and other writers. Listen here or see below for more details.

Critters (2013): a poetry sequence by Linda Lee Welch accompanied by my original music and ambient soundscape.  This follows in the footsteps of Flossie Paper Doll which we have performed at festivals including Greenbelt (2009) and The Trip (2010), at the Sheffield Poetry Festival (2011) and at the Sorbonne in Paris (2012). 

Beginning in March 2015, Hive Radio broadcast a series of six 30-minute recordings of our collaborative projects under the collective title Tone of Voice - these are now available on demand via Mixcloud - see Calendar page for details.

Science, Love and Revolution (2013) : a collaboration with London-based performance poet David Lee Morgan who performed the show at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2013, wowing audiences and critics alike with his powerful delivery and emotive and thought-provoking content.  Crazy Santas Occupy The World is available as a single release via all good download outlets - listen to it here

Toulouse Lautrec (2011): I was commissioned to produce and perform the music for a live interactive exhibition La Nuit de Musees, at the Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi, France, working with installation artists Brook and Black, poet Matt Black and writer and artist Vicky Morris.

Exploding Poetry (2010): I composed the music and produced the audio elements of a multimedia installation on the theme of women and warfare at Sheffield's Bank Street Arts Centre during February 2010. Based on the work of Bank Street resident poet Noel Williams, the project aimed to take poetry 'off the page' and shed new light on the poetic experience - click here for more information.

Birds in Three Dimensions (2009): an innovative multimedia collaboration between myself, writer Susan Sandercock and artist Louise Grant, Birds in Three Dimensions combines poetry, music and illustrations inspired by the UK's birdlife - click here for more details

Off the Shelf and round about Sheffield: Since 2004 I have produced and performed collaborative projects for the Off the Shelf festival and other local events with poets including Chris Jones, Matt Black and Shelley Roche-Jacques. At the 2011 festival I performed Goat Boy and Other Journeys, a multimedia collaboration with poets Linda Lee Welch and Fay Musselwhite and artist and film-maker Susannah Gent. I also composed original music and soundscapes for Words in Pixels, a week long installation of text and graphics produced by groups of young writers in South Yorkshire.