The Sound Of The Space You Displace.
(Lockdown update!)...
Its been whacky times (obvs). This installation is finished and currently socially isolated in a locked gallery! However, various other Interesting Things have been going on with phoneboxes , minecraft the internet etc... Pinky promise, as ever, to get it put on the website at some point! 
Quote: 'micro changes in air density my ass...'

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Recent piece: Human Theremins

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Human Theremins is an interactive exploration of the meeting point between sound, nature, the body and the emotional connection to place. Human Theremin just completed its first outing at Fermyn Woods where the participants created a microtonal composition using breath, movement, heartbeat, and space-between-people. See below for some moments from the experience and also the final composition. Many thanks to everyone there! :)  

  "So empowering."   Participant at Human Theremin, Fermyn Woods. 

Human Theremin used quite a few new pieces of tech. An adaptation on the Theremin that responds very organically and immediately to the space between two people. A motion sensitive device that allows movement to create sound. A type of heart sensor that extracts not the sound but the chaotic rhythmic component of your heartbeat, and a very sensitive device that responds to breath. Loads of possibilities to explore yet with these new toys :) Construction details and circuits and such coming to the website as soon as I find a mo to get that done... :)

Some moments here from people hard at work at  the Human Theremin experience at Fermyn Woods...

Hearts n Beeps n Birds - Participants at Fermyn Woods
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...and also the completed composition...

A little bit of development work on the

motion sensitive device...

Busy working! Conscious and unconscious movement can create sound and express our emotional connections. But there's lots of bits of string and stuff to go yet!

Work in progress - a tiny piece of the infinite chaos :)

A step on the way! Did you know there's electricity trapped in the space between us?.. :)

More developments - A first trial of part of the tech. This is a composition created live and spontaneously at Illuminating Arts by four participants using heartbeat, breath and space-between-people. 

Did you know that bees can feel the presence of a flower at a distance in just the same way? 

This heart sensor has got a little complex. But then hearts are complex, aren't they? :) A quick, first test of these non-regular rhythms..

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Fireflies

Ambitiously complex and multi-channel. Fireflies just completed its first outing at NN Contemporary Gallery in Northampton and a very fine experience it was too!

See the 'Fireflies' page for more... 

Recent Project - The fireflies orchestra builds on the previous electronic performer technology to create the most ambitiously multi-channel installation to date. In its first outing, the Firefly orchestra will consist of twenty intelligent sound objects. Enough to render the composition as a large sound-field for the listener to explore.

The new microtonal piece itself draws on natural (including ambient man made) sound from a location by the sea and its close by countryside. Unique harmonies and qualities are found inside the ambient sound and used to express the hidden music unconsciously experienced in that place.

     "Really beautiful and thought provoking piece."

Firelflies at NN Contemporary
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Recent project - Peddlers Pack

Nine unusual sound objects make an automated orchestra integrated into an interactive street theatre performance. The microtonal composition creates an ethereal backdrop to performance by Jessica Rost and Co.

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Previous Project

Robot Orchestra

A diverse collection of intelligent sound devices and adapted instruments performing the microtonal soundscape composition 'Pieces'.

Previous Project
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A Staircase in Hradec Kralove

A piece in collaboration with dance collective Beautiful Confusion to interpret architecture in movement and sound for a festival of dance in the Czech Republic.

For The Technically Inclined

Techy Free Stuff

Downloadable

plugins and such. Developed at my studio - Pokey Sticks - in the ongoing search for sonic yum! 

Early developments - whos interacting with who?This little AI creature is responsive to your perception of it. So then, whats the sound of your social space?.. :)
I think of this part as the 'secret disco'
Part of a device that's very sensitive to small airflows. The kind of subtle disturbances of the air that you can't avoid making. These get picked up by a laser and camera arrangement and the motions feed into the sound composition.
...A device that responds to movements of the building. This one was a little tricky and went through a few versions! Lasers and tinfoil worked the magic in the end (so obvious now!..)