Printed Matter

I recently helped my friend Tazelaar Stevenson with his Printed Matter book, which is on its’ way to the NYC Printed Matter book fair.

The book is a series of printed grids and textures, inspired by the landscapes of North Norfolk. The book comes with a 4 minute field recording, pressed on a 7 inch acetate (which is where my help came in). It’s a beautiful object and a fantastic recording featuring Curlews, Spoonbills and Mallards.

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Techno Chair

I am currently working on a series of prototypes that are being developed to be used in a live performance to open the East Anglian (first!) stage of this years’ Tour Of Britain.

The idea is to adapt mobility aids and devices in to instruments so that the equipment becomes reliant on the user rather than vice versa as is commonly the case.

We will build several drum machines by either amplifying the audio from simple piezo set-ups on each wheel, or by using the audio to trigger user-designed samples.

I will also build some crutches that use the resistance of the user’s touch to create drones from a simple amplification circuit and a walking frame that will act as pentatonic chime synth.

My Champion Heartache

I produced three sound pieces for the excellent Odd Comic, collectively called ‘My Champion Heartache‘.

Holly and Dot of Odd Comic collected an archive of recordings from a series of performances, pieces and research projects, mostly concerning the morbid side of pet ownership. I edited the recordings and added a bunch of field recordings to make three collages.

 

 

No-Input Doom

My first proper improvisation for no-input mixer (no-input is the process of connecting one or multiple channels of a mixer into the output which causes the circuits to create feedback controlled by the mixers parameters such as panning and eq; it can be very delicate and totally unpredictable but can create some hugely deep and beautiful noises).

All sounds created by the Behringer 1202 and run through two very simple granular patches in Logic.

The video is completely out of sync, sorry.

Decomposed: Reconstructed

Surround sound design created for live installation at the Floating Gallery, Berlin

Cycle

I have a sound piece at an exhibition titled ‘Topography Disarranged: Landscape, Dislocation & Place” at the excellent Queen of Hungary Space. The exhibition is 23rd May – 7th June and I thoroughly recommend visiting to hear the piece in the context of accompanying visual pieces. For those that can’t make it, this is my piece called ‘Cycle’. It has been mixed specifically for Sony MDR7506 headphones and designed to be played on an infinite loop.

My good friend and exceptional book cover designer, Leo Nickolls designed the accompanying booklet which provides several images of objects and locations recorded as part of the piece.

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I’ve been working on a commission; a cymatic sound sculpture for children and young people called ‘See Sound’. The column has a 600W loudspeaker mounted in the top and above that will be a mounted steel sheet with coloured sand in (yet to made).

The speaker will be fed by a tone/wave generator app on an iPad which the young participant will be able to manipulate to create different cymatic patterns. The column will be painted in blackboard paint for the user to them draw their findings and favourite shapes. I’m a little worried someone will plug in their phone and play some Beyonce through it…..

Here’s where I am at the moment:

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Ident

A recent Ident submission for a popular digital distributor (Images courtesy of ITV).

Feral Tapes

I host a show on Future Radio called Feral Tapes where I play lots of unusual sound and music, it’s on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 8-9pm and I’ve been told to promote it more – so here you go.

Listen online at http://www.futureradio.co.uk/futureplayer/radioplayer/index.html or at 107.8FM. I’ll get round to creating an archive of previous shows some point soon which will be available here.

Memories of a Swimming Pool

I recently worked with contemporary dance and movement artist, Kayla St. Claire on a piece for the Magdalen Augustine Celebration in Norwich. The piece was a psychogeographic look at the old St Augustines Swimming pool and how the building remains in memory and in time. I made the music and sound for it in two parts, part two is below (obviously makes more sense when seen with the performance).

The sound of the wind in the orchard

I recently installed a high tension wire to capture the sound of the bisecting wind and perching insects in a beautiful old orchard in Norfolk. Here are the results:

Due to the variety of recordings I made throughout the day I have layered a few tracks to fit within the 2 minute video. All sounds are unprocessed apart from some basic eq-ing to remove some nasty high end hisses. The installation itself used four different sized piezos attached to the wire at various points which were then fed into a 4 channel stereo speaker.

Reglor

I made a soundtrack to this rather dark 280mm atomic cannon testing video. The bomb exploded with a force of 15 kilotons but hurt no-one (a few animals though, I’m afraid). Had fun doing some subtle syncing.

 

Most Days

Some more library music

 

Tapping

A composition of field recordings recently made in Suffolk. The first part is an accumulation of recordings collected from within trees during a heavy storm, the second part a collection of wire fences being bashed and caressed by sea grass and branches.

Phones

Thanks to Audiobus it’s now possible to make some quite interesting things on your phone, here’s the result of the the 1100hrs to London Liverpool Street

MK Promo

I put this together for a short promotional video for a local charity that works with young people with complex needs.

Playing with Modular Synths

Had a great afternoon playing with various modular units at a friends last week, this is one of the happier outcomes. (Turn down your volume!).

Installation

I put together a proposal for an installation in Portugal for K.I.S.S. Here are a few recordings which I intended to use but didn’t . They’re all recordings of household appliances recorded with a telephone coil pick up so what you’re hearing is electronic signals not actually sound. Some fantastic textures and rhythms.

1 – Old freeview box
2 – Battery recharging unit
3 – Hand fan
4 – Toaster
5 – Nokia 5410

405 ident

Some music I set for the new 405TV ident.

Joy

My friends Pari Passu made a lovely little documentary about local Norfolk Legend, Joy. Had fun making that tuned percussion stuff which seams to be on everything at the moment.