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Wentworth volume 2 has been released, it’s on Spotify and Itunes . I listened to those who wrote to me and did my best to include the favourites.

Thankyou to all the people who made suggestions.




Fallen in love with an old friend

Many years ago ( late 80s ) i bought an UN-loved Roland Jupiter 8 , Its the Synthesizer that was the sound of the 80s but like the frizzed up Hair-Do on Howard Jones’s big head it went out out of fashion dramatically around the same time .

I paid about $1000 (They fetch up to $30000 now if you can find one ) and was told by it’s previous owner that it was too heavy to transport. I used it over the years and had a lot of fun .Decades whizzed by and my teen-aged son Willy discovered it and with my blessings began making music with it . After a while he became involved in other pursuits so retired it to his cupboard where it sat for another 7 years gathering dust ….but wait ….. what’s that sound ?,,,,, Yes . something …. something deep within it’s 14 bit Japanese heart was calling me – throb throb buzz buzz woosh woosh ping ping boing . Like a lead character in the 60s TV series Twilight zone i arose with a dead stare and a non negotiable mission to rescue the JP 8 from the dusty cupboard , bring it home , have it lovingly serviced and let the joy of such a wonderful instrument burst forth again. This brings me to where i am now. I realize that i’m so lucky to own one of these highly sort after iconic keyboards . I have totally fallen in love with it and augmented it’s capabilities with a Kenton DCB midi box which allows me to use it from Protools ,sync the arpeggiator etc. Of coarse these days its so easy to find Synth sounds on your computer and they sound pretty good BUT they really don’t sound as fat as these things . Lets face it , if you are using synth sounds from within a computer that can email your mum – it wont sound as good as the real thing.

I have a new TV comedy commission in development which could be a great fit for the JP8 and all signs point to it being a good fit . We shall see.

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Brothers Nest ( music awards and streaming )

Brothers Nest music was nominated in two categories at the APRA SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS , best score and best original song (a co-write with Jo Crum ).

The movie has also been added to Itunes for hire/purchase . If you haven’t seen it , grab some popcorn , get comfy , enjoy the ride .

Cheers, Rich


Gig with Suzanne Vega

Many years ago ( 1992 )  i had the opportunity to play electric guitar on a Suzanne Vega album , The opportunity presented in LA through Mitchell Froom who i had met through Paul Hester ,

The album is 99.9F , it’s a really good album if you haven’t heard it .

Thursday night Suzanne emailed me to say   ‘ i’m playing at the Palais , we are featuring the 99.9F album ,would you like to come down and perhaps play ‘ ?

After a nano-second of deep consideration i humbly accepted the invitation.

Less than 24 hours later i was there playing with Suzanne and her fabulous band.

Suzanne’s music is timeless and classy . i feel very privileged.

Friday nights might feel a little quiet for a while .

She is touring Oz and NZ , if you get a chance to go and see her in concert – Do it .

You wont regret it .






Brothers’ Nest is to be released June 22  . It’s the Jacobson brothers movie which i recently wrote the music score for .

It is such a cool film with dark dark themes laced with razor sharp humour and buckets of soul.

The film received fantastic reviews at the SBSW film festival in USA and i’m predicting big things for this movie.

The music is available on iTunes

…   And   Spotify

SBSW Trailer is here

Rich .