Having sold over 400,000 albums, each of which received considerable critical praise (see below), my songwriting, production and performance career informs and grounds my teaching practice with healthy measures of tangible industrial experience.
Building on an established career as a film and TV composer, I bring to my teaching an ability to focus both musical and visual semiotics, which all come together within the all important process of marketing and launching musical products into an increasingly competitive industry.
Here is what other people have said about my work....Thanks for inquiring.
The melodies float from heaven to hell like Burt Bacharach standards. Silky without being slick, even when sorrowful like boulevardier Jacques Brel. A sophisticated realm of edgy, romantic pop.
Rolling Stone, USA.
These songs evoke a swirling rapture of the deep reminiscent of David Bowie, Bryan Ferry and Nick Cave at their most unguardedly romantic. It's a sophisticated and unsettling sound.
The New York Times.
Moor's songs are genuinely lovely creations arranged, Bacharach-style, with discreet double-bass, piano and horn textures. Their greatest gift, though, is in the melodies, oozing haunted disaffection and melodrama underpinned by a sizzling sense of glamour.
Sincere songwriting and catchy melodies... Beautifully crafted with the timeless feel of songwriters like Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen. The perfect songs for a heartbroken listener.
He provides the songs of distinction that every lovelorn vocalist needs, but doesn't always have. Moor's lyrics deal with broken souls, doomed romance and dislocated lives, all underscored by a lonely lustfulness.
The Guardian (Album of The Week).
Like sobbing in front of Chet Baker and Nick Drake and finding your tears have turned into rhinestones. Perfumed intrigue, late-night melancholy and a shag-pile sensuality- which, despite being romantic, never once sinks into mawkish sentimentality. Perfect poise and irresistibly bruised glamour.
Just quietly beautiful..... Darkness can be strangely welcoming.
- PhD, Macquarie University.
- MA, Bath Spa University.
- Master Of Arts - Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
- Senior Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy
- Teaching Fellow, Bath Spa University.
- Songwriting,song production, media composition and semiotics.
- PhD Candidature at Queensland University of Technology: Songwriting.
- External Examiner, Popular Music Performance BA(Hons), Chester University
- External Examiner, Popular Music BA(Hons), Gloucestershire University
- External Examiner, The Session Musician (Fd), Royal Northern College of Music.
Recent professional updating
- Commercial Songwriting Techniques, Berklee College of Music.
Research and academic outputs
Moor, D (2021) 'Optimal distinctiveness and the original artist.' The Songwriting Studies Journal. (Forthcoming)
Moor, D (2013) The hermeneutics of identity: examining voice and authenticity in songwriting. In: International Conference On Analysing Popular Music, 2 - 4 July 2013, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.
Moor, D (2021) Original Artist Identity in Song (2015-2020) [REF2021 collection].
Moor, D and McKahey, L (2016) CousteauX 4-track EP on Edel Italy.
Moor, D and Barat, C (2015) For this is my body [soundtrack].
Moor, D and Barat, C (2015) Beginning to see.
Moor, D (2012) My brother the serial killer.
Moor, D (2012) Swarovski.
Moor, D (2010) Shadow's fall; Run with the boys; Carve my name (by Carl Barât).
Moor, D (2006) Sex in the 90's.
Moor, D (2006) Britain’s healthcare lottery.
Moor, D (2004) Sex bomb.
Moor, D (1998) Inside the ALF.
Moor, D and McKahey, W (2017) CousteauX live at Arcos De Valdavez, Portugal. Valdavez, Portugal, 28 October 2017.
Moor, D and McKahey, W (2017) CousteauX Live at The 100 Club. The 100 Club, London, UK, 19 September 2017.
Moor, D and McKahey, L (2016) CousteauX Live at The Blue Note. The Blue Note, Milan, Italy, 31 May 2016.
Moor, D (1995) Talking the sex of angels. The Place, London, UK, 17 June 1995.
Moor, D and McKahey, W (2017) The Innermost Light, CousteauX.
Moor, D, McKahey, W, Lewis-Smith, C and Haughian, E (2017) BURMA by CousteauX.
Moor, D and McKahey, W. (2017) CousteauX.
Moor, D and McKahey, W (2017) Spoiler EP by CousteauX.
Moor, D (2015) We want more & The gears (by Carl Barat and The Jackals).
Moor, D (2004) Telepathy.
Moor, D (2002) Sirena (by Cousteau).
Moor, D (1999) Cousteau (by Cousteau).