I do music and performance and stuff

Hello. I am Steve Pretty. This is my website, on which I attempt to explain my confusing 'career' to you. I do mostly performance,  music composition, arranging and production, and sometimes photography and writing.

If you're confused, think how I feel.

Unlikely new double act with astronomer Chris Lintott

In October 2017, I debuted my very unlikely new double act with Professor of Astrophysics Chris Lintott. You might know him from presenting Sky at Night, which he co-presented with the late, great Patrick Moore until his death, and now leads on.

Poster for the show

Chris approached me backstage at Robin Ince and Brian Cox's superb Compendium of Reason show (where I was MDing and he was on a panel with Brian and some legit astrophysics legends), and suggested that we do something together. He's a fan of HCB, and a big music fan in general, and we realised that we are both very interested in, but very ignorant of one another's worlds. We thought that this enthusiasm and inquisitiveness might be shared by an audience, so in October 2017 we debuted the show at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, promoted by Science Oxford, which they called 'Big Bang to Big Band'.

We had a really lovely audience, and superb feedback. We've got a lot of polishing up to do, and I need to do a lot of practice with the brand new solo music setup which I have put together for this - which involves enough tech to give NASA a run for its money* - but the proof of concept is definitely there.

We're currently putting in some more dates for this project; hopefully one more before 2017 is done, then some more in early 2018. The idea is that we can then piggy back one another's existing gig schedules, meaning that we can get Chris to some rad music festivals and I can go to some awesome science festivals, plus everything in between.

*For those interested, this consists of my HCB pedalboard rig plus robot drummer, synths, weird remote triggers and things all running into Ableton Live. Super powerful. Once I learn how to use it properly.