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Arrived in Hanoi! (Day 1)

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 | images, Live Shows, Max/MSP, Music!, Uncategorized | No Comments

I’ll be playing in Vietnam, Norway, and Germany This month.

Saturday, April 6th, 2013 | Live Shows | No Comments

Hanoi - Soundstuff Festival - Workshops and Concert - 9th-13th April

Tape to Zero - Oslo - 19th April


Operation Ton - Talk - 16:15h - 17:00h - 27th April & Golden Pudel - Concert - PM - 27th April


See you there, special prize if you attend all three.

J x.

Quadcopter Makes Disjointed Noise Improv

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 | Building Things, Electronics, Live Shows, Music!, video | No Comments

All the sounds you hear are being triggered and modulated by a downward facing LED which I rigged onto a little quadcopter. The light is picked up by the LDR’s from my light controlled music system which uses and an Arduino to send control data to Max/MSP where the sound is produced… I need to improve my flying skills if this is to go any further!

If you want to know more about the light controlled music system I’m doing a talk and concert at Brunel uni on Feb 27th and a talk an workshop at University of Wales Newport, City Campus on March 14th.

J x.


Tues Feb 12th Cafe Oto.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | Live Shows, Max/MSP | No Comments

A little video of the new light to sound hardware. Live at PowerLunches Dec 2012

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 | Building Things, Live Shows, Music!, video | No Comments

Thanks to Blanca for the video.

December Live Shows….

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 | Live Shows | No Comments

Click on the images for listing info……

CROW:dance/puppetry/poetry spectacular with music by Leafcutter John Opens next week

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 | Crow, Live Shows | No Comments

CROW opens in one week!

It’s been well over a year since I started work on the music for CROW, and soon it will be ready. I have made over an hour of new music for the show and been totally inspired by Director Mervyn Millar, the cast, and all the other creatives on the project.

I can guarantee you will never have seen a Theatre / Dance / Poetry / Music thing like this before.

I hope you can make it to Greenwich, London for what I think will be a very special piece of theatre.

The run is 18th Jun 2012 – 7th Jul 2012

What is CROW?

Ted Hughes’s Crow poems are among the most powerful and vital of the last 50 years. He called them ‘my masterpiece’. Multi-award-winning Handspring Puppet Company gives them new life as an unforgettable dance theatre performance.

Handspring Puppet Company have been creating groundbreaking theatre with puppets for over 30 years. Their work in the National Theatre’s production of War Horse has been seen by millions and won awards for both the West End and Broadway productions.
Ted Hughes, British Poet Laureate from 1984 until 1998, is recognised as one of the English language’s finest 20th century poets, and his work, including Crow, is studied all over the world. In Crow, Hughes gives voice to an unforgettable character: Crow witnesses God’s creation in the Garden of Eden and adds his own dry trickery to the events. Droll, lonely, adaptable, laughing, watching, instinctive and curious, Crow is in all of us, and in these poems Hughes presents the songs he would sing.
For Crow, Handspring combine their ingenious puppet designs and world-famous skill in manipulation with the choreography of one of British dance’s rising stars, Place Prize 2011 winner Ben Duke of Lost Dog.Here is a BBC thing about us and the Puppet making.The Telegraph.

You can get tickets HERE

Leafcutter John concert using new DIY light interface at Cafe Oto Tomorrow.

Wednesday 4th April 2012: Door Times : 8pm Tickets : £5 adv / £7 on the door

The BEAM Festival presents BEAM NIGHT, a special one-off taster event held at café OTO. BEAM is a playground of homemade instruments and sonic installations and was devised by Artistic Director Sarah Nicolls to explore the physicality of electronic music.  The focus on electronic music being created LIVE is explored through a programme of performances, demonstrations, installations and workshops.

The acts tonight all use unusual and/or homemade interfaces to perform. Atau Tanaka & Adam Parkinson play iPhones as sensitive, handheld controllers; Bruno Zamborlin performs café OTO’s wall – possibly for the first time?! – with his invention, Mogees, which read gestural language on any surface; Marco Donnarumma’s Music for Flesh is a visceral sensor performance using his instrument system Xth sense, which has just been named “the world’s most innovative new musical instrument” and awarded First Prize at the Guthman Musical Instrument Competiton in Atlanta ( Tom Bugs (maker of Bugbrand synth products) appears in a rare performance using his Modular synths and also sets up a mini-installation for the night, whilst the beguilingly creative Leafcutter John conjures up soundscapes with his new explorations in light and sound.

More information, videos & sounds on the BEAM NIGHT website

A new track that looks like Chicago in the Fog…

I’ve been beavering away on new music this week. I also bought some software to help me clean up a live recording of my recent piece  with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. These two things came together when I put the track I was working on into the editor and realised it looked quite like a night time image of a city in the fog. I’ve never been to Chicago but from what I’ve seen in photos and film it’s not a million miles away. The visualisation above is a spectrogram which plots the energy in different frequency bands from low at the bottom to high at the top. Time is along the horizontal axis but that is not always be the case….

real-time yum

This image is from an amazing web-app thing I found. It will plot a circular spectrogram of any file on soundcloud. It’s programmed by a guy called Lee Martin.  You can make it work for any track by changing the address:

Click here to see and hear a real-time circular spectrogram of ‘Chicago in the fog’. It works only on newer browsers.

If that’s not working for you here is the track, it’s not quite finished but I’d quite like to know what you think of it.

Hope you enjoyed that,

J x.

Some more light controlled music….

An attempt to play something a bit more musical on the light controlled audio system I’m currently working on.

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