Current Projects

Cantat Ergo Sumus


Cantat Ergo Sumus (It is singing [as in it is

raining], therefore, we are) combines my

interests in philosophy and music. I recently

received a grant from TORCH (The Oxford Research

Centre for the Humanities) at Oxford University

to develop this project with Oxford band

Flights of Helios.



Zarathustra's Roundelay: A poem by 19th C philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche which appears in his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra  


The Island:
 An amalgum of two poems (Of an Island and The Ruine of the Island) from
Poems and Fancies by the 17th C philosopher Margaret Cavendish.

Of Shadow and Eccho:from Poems and Fancies by the 17th C philosopher

Margaret Cavendish


Brahma:  A poem by 19th C 'Transcendentalist'  philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson.



I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine: A cover of a song by Bob Dylan from his 1967 album John Welsey Harding.


New Angel: Based on the ninth of the 20th C philosopher Walter Benjamin's "On the Concept of History" AKA "Theses on the Philosophy of History". The thesis is a commentary on the painting Angelus Novus by Paul Klee, which Benjamin owned.

Oh Redness of Blood: A setting of 'O rubor sanguinis' by 12th C mystic Hildegard von Bingen.


Foolishness: A song based on Sec 79 of The Book of the Lover and the Beloved by 13th C Catalan philosopher Ramon Llull.

Small Country: A song based on a passage toward the end of the Tao Te Ching, credited to the philosopher Laozi.

Foolishness.mp3Paul Lodge
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Zarathustra's Roundelay.mp3Paul Lodge
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The Island.mp3Paul Lodge
00:00 / 05:09
Of Shadow and Eccho .mp3Paul Lodge
00:00 / 04:09
Brahma livePaul Lodge & Flights of Helios
00:00 / 05:15
I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine.mp3Paul Lodge
00:00 / 02:47
New Angel.mp3Paul Lodge
00:00 / 03:50
Oh Redness of Blood.mp3Paul Lodge
00:00 / 04:02

Shakespeare in the Alley

Shakespeare in the Alley is a cycle 
of  songs inspired by each of Shakespeare's plays (co-written with Richard Lodge). 26 songs exist to

Sample recordings

The Briars Have Thorns (All's Well That Ends Well) - Paul Lodge
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From the Heath (King Lear) - Paul Lodge
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Crooked Be My Discontent (Richard III) - Paul Lodge
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Crooked Be My Discontent - Inspires Mix - Paul Lodge
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Cotton Famine Poems


Cotton Famine Poems is a project comprising settings of poems written in response to the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861-65 
featured in
the Guardian. 

The poems have been published as part of 

Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine,an AHRC-funded project by Simon Rennie at the University
of Exeter.

Please note that the language of the poems, which remains uncensored, reflects the mores of the time.


Sample recordings with links to the poems

A Bachelor's Fancy on the Distress - Paul Lodge
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Cheer Up Lads - Paul Lodge
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The Work Shall Fill the Mills Again - Paul Lodge
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Abraham Lincoln (abbreviated) - Paul Lodge
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