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My first real proper IRL post-reopening on-stage live show will be at Fat Out Fest, Salford, on Saturday 30th of October at The Old Pint Pot. I've been quietly creating a new album of industrial/experimetal dance tracks and I can't wait to bust them out on stage! Always love working with the Fat Out team - what an incredible DIY bunch of lovers of the weird! Experts at making fun stuff happen! More of this in the reopened music universe of the future please! Info and tickets for Fat Out Fest here.
Photo of Blue Loop (Emma Hall) in front of Chaos Bells
SAVE THE DATE! The next Augmented Instruments Lab concert will be live-streamed (free!) on Tuesday 2nd of November at 7 PM via the Augmented Instruments Lab YouTube channel. The concert will feature me introducing my new large-scale digital musical instrument Chaos Bells, and 10 Chaos Bells performances by London-based experimental electronic musicians, as well as other A/V performances and interviews with instrument designers. Information forthcoming!
My new large-scale digital musiucal instrument Chaos Bells was premiered via on online-streamed concert presented by Chaos Theory on the 20th of September. Joining me on two improvised live performances was London-based synthesist and Chaos Bells performer Blue Loop (Emma Hall). Thanks to everyone who tuned in live! Watch back the concert via this link to see new animated works by Ai Di Ti, a haunting A/V collab between The SeeR and SCALD, and Q&As between CHAOS THEORY and all the artists.
Photo by Jordan Benedetti
I was invited to perform live at The Barbican for the Young Barbican Night: Jean Dubuffet on Thursday 15th of July. I performed a 2-hour improvised live set using Abelton Live, Push 2 and my voice in response to the art of Jean Dubuffet. My music was amplified throughout the gallery, soundtracking the Jean Dubuffet exhibition for the evening. This project was a lot of fun! I find Dubuffet's artwork and DIY / self-taught approach to art inspiring and really enjoyed creating 2 hours of music amongst his work. More images from the event are here.
Here's a mini-documentary on my large instrument Prism Bell. I edited this footage together because Bela invited me to show this instrument at Maker Music Festival 15-16 May 2021. Thanks to Janine A'Bear who can be seen in this video performing the Prism Bell with me on stage at Supernormal Festival and Islington Assembly Hall. More info on the Prism Bell can be found here.
On the 5th of March, I released the score that I composed for the psychological thriller A Quiet Room In Walthamstow. The score was created in its entirety using recordings of violin and viola that were mangled using the techniques that I usually use for creating experimental dance music. The score is available exclusively on Bandcamp via this link.
I am pleased to announce that I will be at Ars Electronica again this year. I'm performing a live set on my new large instrument THE PRISM BELL on Sunday 13th of September at 12:00 noon London time. Tune in via this link. Thanks for inviting me back to Ars Electronica. I am looking forward to another mind-blowing year of interactive art!
WILD Day In Festival invited me to be part of their online streaming festival on July 11 2020, so I created this short documentary about my work and how my sculptural digital instruments I perform onstage influenced me to use the same instrument design technology to work with the OHMI Trust to help develop a One-Handed Violin. WILD Day In was an amazing festival. Thanks for inviting me to participate! Watch the short documentary here.
Viscera invited me to contribute a track on the Galactic Service Broadcasting Vol 1 compilation to help raise money for the NHS. My track is a remix I made of a collaborative track I made with Flies+Flies called Bubblegum. Get the compilation from Bandcamp. Thank you NHS and Viscera!
FutureMusic "The Track" asked me to do a video interview breaking down how I created "Which Memories Will Make It?" (from The Sampler As A Time Machine LP). It was such a pleasure to be featured on this series - I really love talking about production techniques. Photo by Joseph Branston. Watch here.
It was fantastic to participate in a 1-week residency at Snape Maltings to develop a new surround audio work Vengeful Ghost with composer Dom Bouffard. The public showing was on 16th of November - thanks to all who attended and participated in the Q&A. Look out for future performaces of Vengeful Ghost. Vengeful Ghost is an immersive performance exploring the menacing ephemerality of invisible forces. Mining the possibilities of electric guitars, percussion, vocalisations and digital reprocessing in a multichannel space, this visceral work-in-progress blurs the lines between performance, installation and sound sculpture, honouring the electric guitar’s unique outlaw status and displacing it in a search for new shapes.
She Makes Sounds featured me in their Under The Bonnet series. After an in-depth interview in my studio they created a fantastic breakdown of how I prepared my live set-up for my recent show at Islington Assembly Hall. Diagram by Emma Hall. Read it here.
I recently performed at Islington Assembly Hall opening for Objekt x Ezra Miller. This was the first time the Prism Bell was performed live in London. Thanks to PRS Open Fund for the support. More about the show here. Live video of the whole performance here. Photo by Jake Davis www.hungryvisuals.co.uk
INSTRUMENT SEMATARY at the V&A Museum London for the 2019 Digital Design Weekend. More here.
I travelled to Beijing to participate in an innovative instrument design cross-cultural exchange workshop to create an augmented duxianqin. Read about it here.
INSTRUMENT SEMATARY was shown at Ars Electronica 2019 in Linz, Austria, as part of the Media and Arts Technology Campus Exhibition. Read more about the exhibition here, and about INSTRUMENT SEMATARY here.
February + May 2019
I was honoured to be invited by The Barbican's Future Band to be Guest Artist this year, for their series of workshops under the theme Year of the Instrument. Over several weekends in February and May I led workshops with the participants (ages 8-14) in brainstorming, prototyping and performing new capacitive touch digital instruments. See the instruments designed by the participants here.
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Optimo invitied me to guest on their NTS show. Hear me spin an hour of the tunes that influenced The Sampler As A Time Machine here.