Film of the Light Interface and me at ProfoundSound Folkestone

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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

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Arrived in Hanoi! (Day 1)

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Appearance on BBC Radio 3 the verb Friday 26th Oct

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Just wanted to point you towards your radio on Friday night 10pm Fri 26th Oct. I’ll be on Ian McMillan’s radio 3 show the verb talking about the letter Q and playing a

piece of music I made out of lots of you lovely people speaking.

Thanks a million to all the people who submitted recordings, there is a full list of people below. If you don’t appear it’s because you didn’t submit your name or I accidentally missed you of the list (please let me know and I’ll put it right). I’ll email all the contributors who supplied me with an email address the finished track in the next couple of days.

Best, J.

Leo Abrahams
Maria Papadopoulou
Amy Clarke
Danielle Marsden
Steph Comley
Jodi Sussman
Daljit Singh Jutla
Dan Tapper – Freelance sound designer for game and film.
Steve Hughes
Will Stahl-Timmins
Tim Worrall
Jonny Stutters
Jodi Sussman
Alex Botten
Tessa Wingate
Philip Mudd
Marley Butler
David Coulter
David Collier
Platinum Tone
Kirsten Foster
Labhrás Mac Gabhann
Katja Kettler
Holly Bagnall
Hannah Brown
All Natural
Christopher Alcock
Fil McIntyre
Gail Weadick
Chris Carson – Read him at christophercarson.wordpress.com.
Jim Bowers
Oliver Payne
Mark Williamson
Leila Mays
Robert Davies
Sam Leighton-Jones
Bill Strode
Daniel Loughran
KJ Funk
Michael Duffy
Jason Hoffer
Jonathan Taylor
Ayami Ayamikun
Marco T
Steven Jouwersma
Markus Koller
Tano Iozzi
Fred Weedon
Andy Larkin
Allie Sun
Anthony Freed
Tyler Von Homey Howe
Mr Paul Maynard
Rob Collier
Chris Cook
Ann Marie Parkes
Michael Chang
Dean Pammen
Isaac Kakande
Katrina Vickers
Tara Williams
Nathan Paul
Micaela Walsh
Angela Scott
Chris Cook
Bella G

part Part 1/3 audio interview with goingthruvinyl.com

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 | Uncategorized | No Comments

I did an in depth interview recently with the lovely people at goingthruvinyl.com. Its up, and covers my first 3 albums late 90’s through 2003.

Listen here.

Part II next week.

J x.


Sunday, June 20th, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments


Everyone who helped me reach my fund-raising target for the British Heart Foundation, you are very lovely people!

I should be in bed now getting some rest before rising at 6am (ouch) to cycle down to the start line in Clapham, however I’m really moved that you people have been so generous.

Also I just remembered I need to charge the batteries in my Sony recorder….

Take care all,

J x.

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Off to the depths of the Swedish Forest. Box Project 2.

Friday, April 17th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments

On Monday I’m going away to Sweden to record an album in 3 days. I don’t know if it’s possible but it’s an irresistable challenge, especially for someone who has spent the last year struggling and for the most part failing to write his own album.

The Box Project is the brain child of an English writer now living in Denmark named Philip. His idea is simple. Get a group of musicians together and have them record and album in 2-3 days. No discussion on the music takes place before the recording. He organises the logistics and the musicians take care of the music.

The recording will take place 20th > 23rd April at Silence (pictured) which is the most wonderful recording studio I have ever been to. It’s set in the middle of a massive forest in Sweeden and feels quite isolated. I worked there with the Danish band Under Byen a few years ago and I fell in love with the place and it’s inspiring engineer Anders Lind. I can’t wait to return.

The musicians I’ll be working with are:

Ståle Storløkken – keyboards/ electronics

Ståle Storløkken is a member of Supersilent, Elephant9, and Humcrush. He’s worked in a host of improvised settings with Terje Rypdal, Audun Kleive, Terje Isungset, amongst others.

Morgan Ågren – drums

Morgan Ågren plays with Mats/Morgan band and over the years with Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, Flesh Quartet, and Frederik Thordendal of Meshuggah.

Lucy Railton – Cello

Lucy has played with a wide rage of musicians and organises the very successful ‘Kammer Klang’ nights in London.

I’ll be using my Max/MSP patches and using any thing I can find as a sound source, I’ll let you know how it turns out….

Take care,

Leafcutter John.


Flow Fields in Processing

Sunday, January 11th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I’m fast becoming obsessed with Processing much to the detriment of everything and everyone in my life. Actually my partner is very encouraging and she likes these images nearly as much as I do. I first became aware of flow fields through the work of flight404 who has made some beautiful things in Processing. He describes using Perlin Noise to create a flow field but he’s not very detailed in his description of how to do it or what a flow field actually is.  I spent yesterday trying to work it out and I think I came up with a solution which matches pretty closely the method I found about 10 mins ago HERE

In the following images Perlin Noise is used to create a array/grid of angles which affect any objects which are directly above them. The grid looks like this (the angles change every frame):


As you can see the area of the screen is split into rows and columns creating a grid. Each grid cell has a direction (derived from Perlin Noise). An object placed on the grid can read the direction directly below it and move in that direction. See my Real time Flow Field.

The images below are from my experiments with a more advanced version of the system where objects turn gradually according to their mass which diminishes out over time. The coloured examples map colour to size or angle (click to see them full size).





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