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Davey Ray Moor

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Personal statement

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.

The Independent.

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.

Billboard, USA.

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.

Time Out.

Just quietly beautiful..... Darkness can be strangely welcoming.

NME.

Academic qualifications

  • MA Bath Spa University.

Professional qualifications

  • Master Of Arts - Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy
  • Teaching Fellow Bath Spa University.

Teaching specialism

  • Songwriting,song production, media composition and semiotics.

Current scholarship

  • PhD Candidature at Queensland University of Technology: Songwriting.

External examiners

  • 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

Go to ResearchSPAce

The hermeneutics of identity: examining voice and authenticity in songwriting
conference_item

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.


CousteauX 4-track EP on Edel Italy
composition

Moor, D and McKahey, L (2016) CousteauX 4-track EP on Edel Italy.


For this is my body [soundtrack]
composition

Moor, D and Barat, C (2015) For this is my body [soundtrack].


Beginning to see
composition

Moor, D and Barat, C (2015) Beginning to see.


My brother the serial killer
composition

Moor, D (2012) My brother the serial killer.


Swarovski
composition

Moor, D (2012) Swarovski.


Shadow's fall; Run with the boys; Carve my name (by Carl Barât)
composition

Moor, D (2010) Shadow's fall; Run with the boys; Carve my name (by Carl Barât).


Sex in the 90's
composition

Moor, D (2006) Sex in the 90's.


Britain’s healthcare lottery
composition

Moor, D (2006) Britain’s healthcare lottery.


Sex bomb
composition

Moor, D (2004) Sex bomb.


Inside the ALF
composition

Moor, D (1998) Inside the ALF.


CousteauX live at Arcos De Valdavez, Portugal
performance

Moor, D and McKahey, W (2017) CousteauX live at Arcos De Valdavez, Portugal. Valdavez, Portugal, 28 October 2017.


CousteauX Live at The 100 Club
performance

Moor, D and McKahey, W (2017) CousteauX Live at The 100 Club. The 100 Club, London, UK, 19 September 2017.


CousteauX Live at The Blue Note
performance

Moor, D and McKahey, L (2016) CousteauX Live at The Blue Note. The Blue Note, Milan, Italy, 31 May 2016.


Talking the sex of angels
performance

Moor, D (1995) Talking the sex of angels. The Place, London, UK, 17 June 1995.


The Innermost Light, CousteauX
video

Moor, D and McKahey, W (2017) The Innermost Light, CousteauX.


BURMA by CousteauX
video

Moor, D, McKahey, W, Lewis-Smith, C and Haughian, E (2017) BURMA by CousteauX.


CousteauX
audio

Moor, D and McKahey, W. (2017) CousteauX.


Spoiler EP by CousteauX
audio

Moor, D and McKahey, W (2017) Spoiler EP by CousteauX.


We want more & The gears (by Carl Barat and The Jackals)
audio

Moor, D (2015) We want more & The gears (by Carl Barat and The Jackals).


Telepathy
audio

Moor, D (2004) Telepathy.


Sirena (by Cousteau)
audio

Moor, D (2002) Sirena (by Cousteau).


Cousteau (by Cousteau)
audio

Moor, D (1999) Cousteau (by Cousteau).


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