Warm Soft Body

I made a film using for the Outpost Open Film screening on 30th March 2019.

Warm Soft Body is a short film which explores phoney symbolism and the weaponising of sound.  It has been mixed to optimise the cinema’s sub bass which may not be reflected through listening to it via YouTube.

Crystalline performance at Buxton Museum

Long term collaborator, Will Hurt invited me to perform on the last day of his exhibition at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery on the 16th March.

Will had spent time studying the amazing collection of crystals and minerals and made a series of interactive works in response. My performance used rocks and stones (not precious) as an audio source, as well as specially made field recordings of crystal extraction and found sound.

 

Ear of the Edgeland, Ep.1 ‘Broadsound’

I produced this lovely podcast on behalf of the Norfolk & Norwich Sonic Arts Collective.

It’s the first in a series that takes an explorative and alternative look at Norfolk. This first episode includes naturalist Mark Cocker in conversation with artist and author, Jean McNeil. It also includes musical responses from Surlingham-based The Happy Couple and binaural field recordings from Ollie Hall and Richard Fair.

KOMA Field Kit DC experiments

I made this cassette player device which is controlled by the Field Kit’s DC interface. In these preliminary tests I’ve just used the Field Kit’s LFO but I can imagine using more interesting signals to control the DC output would create some lovely things.

 

Mega Phoney

I was invited to participate in the event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Neutrinos ‘The Butcher of Common Sense’ project. Guests were invited to present a ‘cover version’ of one of their pieces from the BOCS album.

Here is my version of ‘Spill the Sea’; using a short snippet of the original track as the only audio input, the piece uses the inbuilt record function of five megaphones, through a series of resampling the megaphones are eventually overcome by the frequencies of the stairwell where it was performed, slowly evolving into a sea of texture.

MASS

I recently did some sound design for my friend and collaborator, Will Hurt. His piece MASS is being shown at the CUBE gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

Stones (1968)

For the first anniversary of the Norfolk and Norwich Sonic Arts Collective, I produced a workshop and performance of Christian Wolff’s masterpiece ‘Stones’, led by electronics improviser, David Ross.

We attracted 10 participants who created their own microphones, gathered materials, developed performance and sound techniques, and created a wonderful interpretation of the piece.

A recording (which I mixed) has been included on this wonderful complication from Berlin-based label E42.A8

Trees

I have a piece featured in the next episode of ‘The Ear Has To Travel’ on Cashmere Radio, presented by Katharina Schmidt.

My piece ‘Trees’ is an audio collage of recordings made of the internal structures of trees during a few recent storms.

Wavesticks

I recently did some mentoring for the wonderful Eyebrow Arts, as part of their most recent research and development into multi-sensory, interactive performance for audiences living with dementia.

As a result I was asked to create some bespoke instruments based on a rainstick, where the materials inside the rainstick could be seen moving. It was also necessary for the materials inside the sticks to be swapped in and out quickly and for them to be relatively lightweight.

I’m really pleased with the end result and had a great time working with a laser cutter. The theme of their current show is the coast and so these instruments have been named ‘Wavestick’

Studies for No-Input Mixer and Field Recording

I made an album for the One Month Album project. Made using a no-input mixer system which I’ve called ‘some input mixer’, which basically consists of an additional mono channel that field recordings are fed into. It creates interesting gating and distortion and adds an extra layer of unpredictability.

Temporal Objects

I was invited to create some work for the East Anglian Art Fund show ‘Inheritance’ which is currently on at Norwich Castle Museum from 3 March until 20 May 2018.

My work, ‘Temporal Objects’ consists of a cabinet of objects which accompanies a 5 minute sound piece. The installation is also accompanied by a Bandcamp page which allows the audience to listen to each track from the live capturing process to hear the detail of each stage of the work.

“Things which we inherit via conversation and memory are rarely static; they shift and decay whilst retaining varying fragments of truth.”

For this work, inspired by Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting In A Room, Oliver Payne recorded a selection of people describing a significant memory, specifically memories which relate to a person or place. These spoken narratives were then edited through several stages of live recapturing in the places and spaces described in the participant’s memories. In the process, much of the recognisable words were lost, what we hear is the resonant qualities of the spaces themselves, like shadows of the words that were originally spoken.

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(Photos coming soon)

Auto-drawing with sound.

Since moving to OUTPOST studios earlier this year I’ve been using sound to make drawings with some really lovely results:

And here is a video of how they are made. This example is a 32Hz pure tone, bike spoke and sand. The drawings simply replace the sand with paper and the spoke with various objects and ink.

Heroes Talk

I supported my good friend Ranieri Spina with his first solo installation at the excellent Firstsite, Colchester as part of the We; You, Me exhibition that ran from 13 October to 16 November 2017.

Ranieri’s piece ‘Heroes Talk’ was a playful look at the role of the artist shown through a series of constructed and carefully composed components made entirely from toys.

Ranieri and I played the toys along with some guitar and other objects on the opening of the event; the recording of our performance was then played back throughout the rest of the run and accompanied the table of toys and objects, which was perfectly preserved from the performance.

Surface Microphone MkI

I’ve built a stereo surface mic to be used for performance at ‘Hero’s Talk’, my collaboration with guitarist Ranieri Spina as part of the We:Me, You show at Firstsite Colchester.

This mic has two piezo elements with preamps and left/right volume control. It also has a sleeve which can contain objects on the surface.

  

ASSEMBLE

For the last three months visual artist, Will Hurt and I have participated in the Collusion R&D challenge, to create new audio visual work for several Panasonic PT-EX16K projectors, to be projected in various locations around Kings Lynn.

On the weekend of 29th September our work was presented alongside three other teams. Our project, ASSEMBLE, was a three player audio visual sequencer using the architecture of local buildings and sounds collected from those buildings. The sequencer behaved like a game in that each layer of sound could be processed creating either synchronised sounds and rhythmic patterns or something far more abstract.

This concise video describes it in a little more detail:

                   

Music for 200 Leaves

I wrote a short piece to be performed at a Plank session, which can be heard here alongside the score and a photo taken after the performance.

 

Perpetua 2 at ‘Pavilion of the Senses’

I was asked to create some work for the ‘Pavilion of the Senses’; a five-day exhibition held at a stall on Norwich market, curated by Megan Ryder. Each day a different artist made work in response to one of the five senses.

I made Perpetua 2; A very simple perpetual system which uses the random pattern of a PC fan to make sound, sent to a surface transducer attached to a piece of a washing machine. Apart from the guitar, the whole piece is made from junk or repurposed objects. Sound is made when the fan plucks the strings and when the fan motor causes interference by the copper coils on the guitar pick-ups.

This is the first time I’ve had work in such a public place and although it was fantastic to engage with a brand new audience (lots of interest), it was challenging to get a decent recording due to the ambient noise. Also, the battery in my external mic failed hence the poor sound quality in this video.

ROOKS

I am in an evolving duo with percussionist (and excellent printmaker), Taz Stevenson called Rooks.

Taz plays a basic drum kit through a series of contact mics and small solid state amps. I play no-input mixer through a couple of effects.

The project was a formed as result of a visit we made to see the phenomenal roosting of 50000 rooks at Old Buckenham last year.

Sudden Amusements for Noam Chomsky

Sudden Amusements (a duo I am in with trumpet and electronics player, Chris Dowding. My role is live processing of Chris’ trumpet, objects and field recordings) have been asked to contribute a piece for a release in tribute to linguist, philosopher and thinker, Noam Chomsky.

The record (on —- label), yet unamed will be released later this year.

Our piece ‘First Nature’ is an edit of a 45 minute live recording. As well as trumpet, objects and field recording I also used a tape recorder with a previously recorded collage of Chomsky oration which was then processed in my Supercollider system.

 

Green box

I took my JrF contact mics to the mysterious green box (which I later discovered was a BT wiring unit) as I always found the throbbing drones it produced attractive.

I was really delighted by what I picked up, using the various thicknesses of steel on the housing and positions around the cabinet I managed to record some really interesting tones.

To be listened to on decent speakers or headphones, this piece will not work on laptop speakers.

(Green Box is currently being used to accompany a really nice interactive VFX generator on the home page of www.lecollective.co.uk)