Film of the Light Interface and me at ProfoundSound Folkestone

Monday, February 13th, 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Leafcutter Contact Mic Shop – Closed for Summer

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 | Building Things, LeafyShop | No Comments

I love contact microphones and have used them extensively on my records and installations from the late 90’s until recently. They are like little sonic microscopes allowing you to listen in (and record) the secret internal sounds of everyday objects.

One drawback of most contact microphones is that they can be very delicate and I’ve had both DIY and +£100 pickups break. That’s why I’ve designed and made a small selection of more rugged contact mics.



The above mics are housed in a tough copper outer casing, offering protection from physical damage and electrical interference. They’re crafted with high quality 4mm Van Damme XKE cable, and I only use top quality connectors (Neutrik/Rean). The contact mics are made and tested by myself in my east London workshop.

There are two contact mic models, the only difference is the base material.

base-materials-webYou can choose HIP (High Impact Plastic) or wood as a base material. The sound is very similar. The plastic offers slightly more bass response and the wood has a touch more high-end clarity. Please note: the plastic may be white or black and the type of wood used will change depending on stock levels.

Introducing the Studio, a beautiful Perspex cased, hand made contact mic designed for studio work.

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You can specify what kind of connector you would like on the cable


The first two Jack plug options come with a 1.5 metre lead and the Female Socket comes with a short lead.


Shop is currently CLOSED, I’m in the studio making music for the next few months.

If you’d like a mic you can CONTACT ME  I’ve built up some stock which I’ll be selling shortly.

Also keep an eye on my social media, thats where I’ll announce prototypes and new stuff. 



Thanks for the support people! On to building……



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

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