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OFFAL @ No Bounds

July 10, 2017

In June OFFAL played at No Bounds festival in Sheffield (UK) and got a little review in Resident Advisor: https://www.residentadvisor.net/reviews/21122

We performed using OFFALCommandLine – a web interface we’ve developed for sending each other musical directions. We couldn’t actually hear each other as a dodgy network connection meant Joanne (who was running the performance at the venue) wasn’t able to upload the live mix of the streams to the server. But maybe because of CommandLine it still somehow sounded reasonably coherent:

Molecular Soundscapes

April 11, 2017

From January to May 2017 I am working on a Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-Residence project in the School of Chemistry at Newcastle University. The project is a collaboration with Agnieszka Bronowska – Lecturer in Computation Medicinal Chemistry – and aims to explore ways to represent drug design processes in sound in a way that is useful to scientists and accessible to non-specialists.

As part of the project I have made an audio-visual sound installation, written algorithms to produce graphic scores for musicians, and I am organising a chemistry themed Algorave inviting Algorave artists to make dance music and visuals out of the data we are working with. A full description of the project is here.

Also as part of the project I recently spent a week working with Dave Griffiths and Amber Griffiths at Foam Kernow (and art-science research lab in Cornwall). I wrote a blog post about my week at Foam, which you can read here.

Algorave is 5!

March 19, 2017

Friday was Algoraves 5th birthday, so we celebrated by live streaming 24 hours of of live coding from many members of the international Algorave community.

I’m happy to have been at the first Algorave in 2012, to have played at many of them (and organised a few) but most of all to be part of such a great community of artists, musicians, and coders.

Most of the sets are archived here.

And here’s my set:

 

Live Lessons: Data Music with BBC micro:bits

April 26, 2016

Here’s a thing that I did using the BBC’s micro:bits to make a music band, then slightly surreally being interviewed by people from TV shows I don’t watch about it. Part of the BBC’s Live Lessons education series promoting computing education in schools.

The micro:bits use the accelerometers to change a 4-note melody, changing one note for each direction you can tilt it. The buttons change the octave and tempo and if you turn it upside down it goes silent. Tried to get a bit of network interaction on the go – if you shake it it plays a different melody on your micro:bit and forces a 4-bar rest on the next micro:bit in the chain.

Programmed in MicroPython.

Check out the video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03pdg3s

I’ve been documented!

April 4, 2016

Despite my best efforts to remain mysterious, rare documentation of me live coding beats has emerged on the internet! :O

Performance was a very impromptu Algorave set from the International Conference of Live Coding, Leeds, UK in July 2015. Performance is at the awesome Wharf Chamber. Sound is in SuperCollider. Obi Wan Codenobi is on the visuals.

Things coming up…

February 20, 2016

OFFAL

The Orchestra For Females and Laptops have their first 2 gigs coming up: 27th Feb as part of Audioblast #4, an audio streaming festival run by APO33 collective in Nantes, France; and 8th March for International Women’s Day.

Making Museum

I’m facilitating a Making workshop at the Great North Museum in partnership with Future Everything. The students will learn to use Sonic Pi and video editing software to create audio visual works out of data from Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

Yorkshire Sound Women Network @ National Media Museum 

I’ll be running informal show-and-tell and workshops in electronic music making along with members of Yorkshire Sound Women Network as part of a number of public events at the National Media Museum in March.

Women/Music/Technology Gig

8th March at the Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds I’ll be playing a live coding gig with Leeds-based noise and synth artists Joanne and Marlo Eggplant

Commons Are Forever

I’ll be running a workshop and giving a public talk and performance as part of Newcastle City Library’s Common’s Are Forever Project on 19th/21st March. The workshop will be on downloading and editing samples with a Creative Commons license and using them as part of a live coding performance in Ixi Lang.

Things coming up…

March 25, 2015

25th March 2015: Talk about ‘collaboration in network music’ @ Dorkbot#8, Sheffield.

27th April 2015: Unleashing a twitter-bot at Babble @ Baltic, Newcastle.

6th May 2015: Improvisation performance with Rhodri Davies and Mariam Rezaei @ Baltic 39 in Newcastle.

16th May 2015: Talk about network music and collaborative performance with Norah Lorway at Network Agora event @ LICA Gallery, Lancaster University.

5th June 2015: Debut performance of FLO (Female Laptop Ensemble) @ Klang Festival, Durham University Music Department, Durham.

21-24th June 2015: FLO (Female Laptop Ensemble) performance at Sound Kitchen @ Prague Quadrennial 2015, Prague.

25th June 2015: Performing at an Algorave @ xCoAx 2015, Glasgow.