Drum Machine Ideas

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 | Building Things, Max/MSP, video | No Comments

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Italy is a good place to develop drum machines!

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Working on a new drum machine in beautiful Italy.

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New Leafcutter John Album – Video and Audio exclusives.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 | Music! | No Comments

It’s been a long time coming but at last I can announce the release of my new record Resurrection. It’s out May 4th but you can watch the video teaser and listen to the title track over at FACT magazine.

I’m incredibly happy about this record, it fuses electronic, acoustic, and vocal elements into five long-form tracks and is pressed on delicious transparent blue vinyl (digital copies also available.) You can pre-order from Desire Path Recordings now.

Take care of yourselves!

J x. 

Leafcutter John plays Apiary Sessions >< SONICA Festival Friday 6th March

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 | Live Shows | No Comments

Very happy to be making a London appearance on Friday at this, playing first so don’t be late!

Apiary Studios, MoTA Museum & SHAPE present: Apiary Sessions >< SONICA Festival

Friday 6th March
8pm until late
£6 advance | £8 door | no guestlist

Apiary & SONICA present an exclusive mix of audiovisual performances, kinetic art installations and electronic acts by outstanding sound and media artists from London, Ljubljana and the newly established SHAPE Platform.

Live performances:
Leafcutter John
Karen Gwyer
Marco Donnarumma

Dental Metal byMartin Bricelj Baraga & Spatial 
Phenakistomixer 2.0 by Vesna Krebs

Andy Turner (Plaid)

Full venue details HERE.

Vuong 10 – Dance and Live music show. 13th Dec & 14/15th Jan

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 | Live Shows | No Comments

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Polar Bear Nominated for Mercury Music Prize.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

I’m very proud to announce that Polar Bear have been nominated (for a second time) for the Mercury Music Prize 2014.

I made a Eurorack Module!

Friday, September 12th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been designing and building a Eurorack synth module. Initially I wanted a 4 channel random gate, that would only let a percentage of triggers pass. It’s got 10 different modes now. Here are some of the Improvising Clock multiplier modes.

And here using probability gate mode.

Playing Music Tech Fest Sat 6th Sept 9pm

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

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Videos of Leafcutter John OXYO set

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 | Building Things, Electronics, Live Shows, Max/MSP, video | No Comments

New Leafcutter John music and Gig at London XOYO

Well I’m currently working in a forest in an undisclosed country working on the new version of my light controlled instrument – this time the wax splattered cardboard gives way to clear acrylic for a slightly more professional appearance.

out with the old

in with the new.

I’m looking forward to playing some new music with this at BEAM@NIME 1st JULY AT XOYO LONDON- info and your tickets here!

I’m also making a record, yes it’s been a long while but I’ve been hard at work trying to make sounds that I’ve never made before and put them together is totally new ways for me. I’m making a lot of software at the moment to explore a new compositional technique which essentially weaves sounds together in different ways. Here is a little portal into the technique…

More exciting developments for you coming up soon….


Playing with a beta Music Thing Modular Mikrophonie

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 | Modular Synth, Music!, video | No Comments

A simple contact microphone and amp in a modular format. Simple but inspiring! Not sure when it will be released yet but keep an eye on http://www.musicthing.co.uk/


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