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Yaxu + Rituals

A video recording of me performing with Rituals on pixels, camera mic quality audio:

Abstract Paradigms radio show

One of my tracks “Lucky Chop” from Peak Cut has been featured on the Abstract Paradigms radio show, and so I now know that in Australian, “Yaxu” is pronounced “Yackoo”. Have a listen via their podcast.

 

Slub live

A recording of a live stream from Dave and me playing as Slub, which was sent to Source 2016 on the fine occasion of the 25th birthday of SuperCollider..

Upcoming events

Things coming up..

  • Gravitational Waves in Sheffield, a new series of events planned with UoSheffield Sound Studios. The first one will be on this Friday 4th March, curated by Vanessa Massera and myself. It’ll be in celebration of the upcoming International Womens’ day.
  • On the 10th March I’ll start my ODI sound art residency.. Looking forward to getting into that!
  • Then going to FoAM Kernow in Penryn for the Tanglebots workshop on Sunday 20th March, a family workshop making robots to make tangles.
  • While in Cornwall I’ll be performing with Dave as Slub on Friday 25th March, streaming live to the SuperCollider 20 year birthday party in New York City.
  • Then back to Sheffield for EulerRoom on 9th April, another new series of events I’m doing, with focus on live stream. The first one will be multichannel, featuring the excellent Joanne Armitage and Calum Gunn, plus myself as resident live coder.  It’ll be multichannel as well, with four stacks of dangernoise PA, bang.
  • Further ahead I’ll be giving a talk at the excellently named AHEM conference on unravelling live coding on the 15th April, and a couple of weeks later joining an Algorave tour around Leeds, Newcastle and London..

Open access journals

I asked around the social media, “What are the good open access journals in digital arts, computer music etc?” Motivated by deciding that once I get some commitments out of the way, I’m not going to write for closed access publication any more, especially not with public funds. The results so far, in no particular order:

Live stream excerpt

Writing some code about arpeggio and reverb

 

Superdirt

SuperCollider Symposium 2012 conference group photo

I’ve always been impressed and a bit jealous of SuperCollider’s community, especially since taking the above photo after sneaking into the supercollider symposium in 2012. Such a strange mix of musicians, engineers, philosophers, artists and otherwise confused. It’s great then that the upcoming 0.7-dev release of Tidal has tight integration with supercollider, via SuperDirt, ultimately meaning an easier installation for everyone, more effects, and a healthy mix of sample-based and synthesis-based noises. Big thanks to Julian Rohrhuber for making superdirt, this is going to be fun..

ODI embedded sound art residency

odiI’ve been chosen to be the first sound artist in residence at the Open Data Institute headquarters in London, part of both their Data as Culture programme and Sound and Music‘s Embedded composer development programme. This is a really exciting opportunity, and I was astonished to be picked. My application didn’t really say what I’d do on the residency; part of the reason why I was so astonished, but also partly why I’m so happy to be doing it.. I really need some time to reflect and develop something new without too much planning. The residency will be spread over nine months, so it’ll be good for that.

I did develop some vague ideas in my application, though. After reading Tim Ingold and Peter Gärdenfors, I want to use the time to explore open data not as interconnected networks, but through the process of making music interfaces, think of the sharing of data as interwoven threads. I also got interested in the notion of “Data Anthropologies” that the Data as Culture theme has been exploring, wondering whether exploratory computer programming could be described as “Data Ethnography”, as a way (again thinking of Ingold) of exploring the seams between imagination and reality, through the act of writing code. This train of thought made me think about the critical engineering manifesto.. I think this will continue from various collaborations (weaving codes, sonic pattern) around pattern, the ODI context helping me work through for example the notion of pattern that runs through machine learning, and the growing tradition of using textile patterns as data sources for sound.

Big thanks to ODI and SaM!

Hack the city – marine and waterways edition

I’m involved in this Hack the City event in Sheffield on 15th/16th January 2016, looking at marine culture, biodiversity, environment and waterways data. It should be really good + will also feature a talk from Kaffe Matthews, plus evening performances at Access Space on the Saturday evening.. I’m bringing some more digital arts types into the hackathon again (the last time we did this was a lot of fun) as part of “inhabiting the hack”, come and join in!

I’ll note that the theme of “marine and waterways” has become particularly topical in the North of England of late..

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hack-the-city-marine-waterways-culture-edition-tickets-20013138837

Hello 2016

Happy new year!

2015 has been fun, and for the second year running, busy to the point of being impossible to summarise. So instead I’ll summarise what I’m going to be up to in 2016.

Make a new album via a crowdfund campaign with support from pledgemusic and sound and music as well as Computer Club. The plan is to develop Tidal through the process, including making it more accessible, and establish eulerroom as a live streaming project.
Join a new research project, big news to come on that one.
Develop a new strand of practice during a residency at the Open Data Institute, again with support from Sound and Music.
Create a Festival of Making in Performance towards the end of the year.
Finish up some projects, including the Oxford Handbook on Algorithmic Music, and the Weaving Codes, Inhabiting the Hack and Live Coding Research Network.
Plus, as ever, developing live coding performance, solo, through collaboration and by organising events.

I’ll be doing a lot of this activity as part of FoAM Kernow, and although it seems I have a lot to do, hope it’s going to be a time of reflection and sustainable new directions..

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