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Shruthi-1 in Sound On Sound

Posted in gear, links, midi, music with tags , , , , on 25/08/2012 by sync24


BEAM at Brunel 2012

Posted in conferences, creative practice, culture, DIY, eurorack, gear, links, music, research, video with tags , , , , on 25/06/2012 by sync24

BEAM 2012

I went to the BEAM festival at Brunel again this weekend, same kind of deal as last year, but curated by Atau Tanaka.
A Symposium started things off on the Friday afternoon with a number of interesting presentations by some of the participants.
Lewis Sykes showed his PHD research in to Cymatics ( and framed the whole thing extremely well from a research POV ( He showed various historical examples by Hans Jenny ( and mentioned the use of “global knowledge” (the internet) – he showed these amazing 3D cymatic things too:, and this interesting website: He also mentioned John Whitney and this amazing looking book called Digital Harmony ( One more for the list… (
I have an old speaker that i’ve been meaning to try this stuff out with since i saw it demo’ed at Flash On The Beach… another thing on the list.
I had some good conversations with Lewis over the two days about his work, practice phds and stuff – definitely a very good start to the festival.

Other people of note in the Symposium:
Mike Cook showed his Arduino stuff again, very engaging presentation of his current work.

Bruno Zamborlin showed his Mogees project with gestural audio capture through the use of piezo microphones ( he was performing later in the evening with Ed Handley from Plaid.

Anyway, there were other talks – some not as interesting as others. The other highlight, after Lewis, was Sergi Jorda talking about what led up to his development of the ReacTable. He talked about some of his older work – a feedback loop thing sounded interesting to try out, throwing a pitch tracker into the mix along with some variable effects – like an adapted Alvin Lucier sitting in a room affair. He went on to talk at length about the reacTable and how it was developed, his main thing with it was about how so many music controllers had been unsuccessful, probably because they were old fashioned and shouldn’t be trying to emulate traditional instruments. Fair enough.
He showed a bunch of statements at the end of his talk, one really stood out:
“Not knowing the history of your field and not listening to others tends to guarantee failure.”

The evening had some interesting performances, but the real highlight was Michael Page and his crazy home made sequencers. Here he is at he music hack space: and here’s his blog:

Needed to be out of my accommodation by 10am and had a free-ish morning so i went for a swim and then visited the London Motorcycle Museum (which was amazing).
Got back to BEAM for the afternoon performances and was blown away by Simon Katan who’d done something equally amazing last year.

I got to have a closer look at Michael Pages sequencers too.
I also had a chat with a chap who was in the workshops with me last year and together we talked with Sam Underwood & David Morton. Mr Underwood told me about the kits he makes so i will be getting in touch with him.
here he is:

in the evening there were more performances:
Sally Golding did some fantastic stuff with 16mm film projections (
Benoît and the Mandelbrots demystified live coding for me… ( actually, Alex McClean did that the previous evening using emacs…
John Bowers planned set didn’t go to plan (pure data crashed) so he blasted the place with his Eurorack (QMMG, z3000, NoiseRing and a MATHS) plus some other home made gear.
i was hoping for space noises from Thomas Lehn and his EMS Synthi, but got blasted by analog tone instead.
the last performance was Carles López playing the Reactable. it was good, but quite straight, until he knocked the table, some objects fell on the floor and those remaining started interacting in strange ways – much more interesting!

that was it for me, no sleep over and no sunday business.

next year (fingers crossed it’ll run for it’s third year) i really would like to get my act together and get something submitted for the open call. there was plenty of food for thought, and with my current Eurorack exploration i think i could do something along those lines…

Andrew Whelan

Posted in culture, DIY, Dr8 work, links, reading, research with tags , , , , on 05/05/2012 by sync24

I’d had Whelan, Andrew Breakcore : identity and interaction on peer-to-peer out from the library for too long and someone had put in a request for it…

So after a quick read through, it wasn’t quite the book i was thinking it was.
It was still great to read research into such a niche field of music, but there were a few chapters which i feel had little to do with my own niche.
which is fine.

Whelan’s article in Cybersounds (Whelan, Andrew. 2006. “Do U Produce?: Subcultural Capital and Amateur Musicianship in Peer-to-Peer Networks.” Pp. 57-81 in Cybersounds: Essays on Virtual Music Culture, edited by Michael Ayers. New York: Peter Lang.) remains key for me.

Anyway, i found the Breakcore book online, here:
i’m not going to upload my notes & quotes as there’s loads…

Here’s Andrew Whelan:

one last article as it looks interesting:
Whelan, Andrew. 2010. “Free music and trash culture: the reconfiguration of musical value online.” What’s It Worth?: ‘Value’ and Popular Music, edited by Kirsten Zemke and Shelley Brunt. a google search should bring it up.

more eurorack

Posted in eurorack, gear, links, music with tags , , on 01/05/2012 by sync24

So, after scanning through muffwigglers Eurorack forum and chatting for ages with RH, I am going to put in an order for some basics with ADDAC and try and get some other modules from and some second hand ones from the muffs forum.

some new tracks…

Posted in creative practice, culture, gear, links, midi, music with tags , , , on 23/04/2012 by sync24

i’ve managed to make two more tracks to send to E&R.
They’re close but not deep enough, i’ve been using the ESX with the Roland gear too, so it’s a bit of a learning process – integrating the two control formats, but i need to do some reorganising of the studio set-up to get things comfortable to use.

These tracks have also been added to a number of Soundcloud groups with the hope gaining additional exposure…

the main thing i need to do, along with making stuff to upload, is to spend time listening to tracks and contributing comments. TiME is my enemy (or is that work…?)

Public 2.0 was yesterday

Posted in artwork, conferences, creative practice, design, links, research with tags on 22/07/2011 by sync24

Public 2.0 was yesterday and was really interesting. Overall, the content was more relevant to certain elements of my teaching than anything else i do, though David Gauntlett, who chaired the morning session was flyering for his new book: Making is Connecting
The content looks too relevant to miss, so i’ve bought it on amazon.

anyway, here’s my brief notes and decent links from the day:
Ian Forrester talked about working in the R&D dept at the BBC and how he shared most of his life via social networking… he talked about ‘self tracking’ and ‘the quantified self’. i don’t think i could open up that much, but it’s useful for work.

Simon Rogers from the Guardian gave a brilliant presentation about curating data and ‘data journalism’.
he pointed out that one of the first people to visualise complicated data was Florence Nightingale…
there’s more relevant-to-work stuff here:
Google Fusion tables appear to be the way forward for getting my students to do decent data viz stuff:
here’s a good example of things he showed: Afghanistan war: every death mapped
he also reminded us that good design really matters, and that “The only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask.” James Cameron 1969.

up next was Roland Harwood from, among other things, he mentioned his old boss, Chris Powell, at NESTA pointed out that ‘Networking’ was only one letter away from ‘Not working’, only 1% of people who watch video on YouTube actually post videos on YouTube, and something like 9% do something with what they have watched… which i thought were interesting stats. he also quoted J. G. Ballard “The future reveals itself through the periferal.”
after lunch Drew Hemment from Future Everything spoke about what FE does. he wasn’t feeling too well, but still gave an interesting presentation. its good to see how far something which i remember going to in 2000 becuase Merzbow (i fell asleep during the gig) was playing at has gone. he’s written some interesting stuff which i have stashed away as pdfs somewhere… here’s a link to his texts on his website:

Ruth Catlow from furtherfield talked about artists using social media and message lists. the idea of DIWO (do it with others), rather than DIY was interesting – here’s a link to a search: Its about ‘adapting the DIY ethos to work together with the relationships (between people, machines, their behaviours and stuff) made possible by networks.’

Rob Meyers then talked about Art Open Data, but i was feeling the effects of crap air-con by then, and was struggling to remain interested. here’s his website though, something to have a look through:

The final section of the day began with Santiago Oritz showing projects he works on creating data viz stuff. he works with Simon Rogers on stuff for the Guardian, along with building ways for anyone to experiment with open data.
he showed which is an amazing way to get started with data viz and i will have to use that with my teaching.
here’s his other link: which has some pretty amazing stuff on it!

we were also shown the work for the data art exhibition which was taking place in the gallery next door. Harry Robbins and Gavin Baily (i think) talked through various projects here: other things to look at which expanded from this were geocoding wikipedia articles with google maps, and newstraces here:

Overall, the conference was really interesting, although not directly related to the content of this blog, it was good to see people from different areas brought together to talk about how they used data visualisation. anyway, i found out about a decent looking book and, looking at the links above, there’s some great stuff to take into my teaching next year.

BEAM 2011 – Friday night

Posted in conferences, culture, links, research with tags , , on 25/06/2011 by sync24

Quick post about the performances on the Friday night of BEAM.

DJ Sniff from STEIM – not my bag, i got bored with the scratching and repetition from his machines… it went on toooo long.

Alex Nowitz from STEIM – using Wii motes he was transforming his amazing and versitle voice. It was as if he was using the WiiMotes to capture his voice and then navigate the sample with his genstures affecting playback and processing. again, it went on toooo long.

A Drummer who had responded to the Open Call – imagine mic’ing up a stairway with various types of microphones, connecting them up to a MAX patch which recorded samples here and there and processed them for out-put, then kicking a drum kit down it. enjoyable madness, which needed a groove, and went on a bit toooo long…

Ryan Jordan
(the only one worthy of a link) – Fantastic! he’s straight in to the ‘hero’ list. Inscense, strobe lights, black metal face paint, biofeedback and TV noise, all really LOUD!. Fucking brilliant!
here’s a link to watch an earlier performance of Channeling Interference:
Here’s a pic too:

Stelarc and an opera singer – yeah, i’d have been chuffed to see Stelarc about 20 years ago. this performance was boring, opera singer sampled Stelarc avatar voice sounds, whilst the drummer from earlier went random on his kit, again… and it sounded the same.

Final performance was from Chikashi Miyama – he has these micro controller boxes he’d built with infra red light sensors sensing the position of his hands. not really my thing – entertaining to watch though as Chikashi was full of energy and produced lots of crazy noises. His final piece was my fave as it was very atmospheric.