I’ve been changing my site and altering its focus a little. So I decided to start with a single static page to have a look at some of the things I do that might be of interest to a you.
I’ve had music on Bandcamp for a while now, but recently I’ve decided that I need to update or refresh that site. If you’re interested in what I’ve got there then please do take a look. You can find my Bandcamp site here.
There’s a few things I’m quite proud of in there too. I hope you like it.
Originally I wanted to release Punchdrunk as a collection of 60 1 minute songs which described a single fictitious day in a person’s life. However, I’ve never finished all the songs. So I’ve decided to release it in a series of batches.
The first batch is 20 instrumental tracks, which would have been the first 20 songs on the whole album.
After this I’ll release another two batches of instrumentals and then finally a collection of the actual songs that I did finish.
released 09 February 2013
These tracks were made with Bhajis loops on a Palm PDA, a Tungsten T3, Zire 72, Tungsten E and a Song Clie NX73V.
Micro is a project I started ages ago, then at the start of this Jan 2011 I decided I really ought to do something about it. So now I’ve got it finished. Only 5 tracks, and quite short.
Hopefully you’ll like it, and if you do, then please share it.
If you really really like it, then you can even make a small donation! But you don’t have to. I just hope you enjoy the tracks.
Of course you can find lots more of my work at SoundCloud, and some in other places too. However, mostly it’s here.
If you enjoy it then please let me know.
I’ve posted about this event quite a lot, but felt it deserved a permanent home here for all of my pictures from the day.
This was a great Music Tech Pitch with some really interesting start ups pitching. We had a superb key note speech from Steve Lewis and a great demo of the Ototo board from Mark from Dentaku.
It was also great to be in EY’s offices at 1 Moore Place near London Bridge. It’s such a good space for that kind of event.
This was in actual fact the first of ROLI’s Modern Music Industry events and I was really glad to be speaking at it.
What did I talk about? Well I’m sure you can guess. It was about mobile, but more than that about how the world of music creation has changed and embraced mobile as an essential part of the creation tool kit.
This was a great little event for our SoundLab project. I really enjoyed being a part of it.
If you want to know more about SoundLab then have a look at the site here.
I thought I’d put together a page with lots of my pictures from Musikmesse this year.
This project came out of the blue as far I was concerned, but I’m very glad that I was a part of it and I hope that I’ll continue to be.
Sound Lab is a project from a charity called Heart n Soul, which works with people with learning disabilities in helping them to develop and express their creative talents. The project itself was part of a larger event that Heart n Soul runs each year called the Beautiful Octopus club which is held at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank.
The aim of the project was to use mobile technology to encourage creativity for any level of creativity and also to allow users to work together in small groups of up to three people.
We used a range of iPad apps on 7 iPads in three relatively distinct configurations. The first was a singing station where you could sing over a number of loops and dramatically effect your voice using a custom max4live patch controlled by MIRA. The second was an ambient station where we had two iPads that had apps like Bloom and Aeolian Harp allowing two users to create an ambient texture together. The third was our band station where we had three iPads, one with Loopseque for beats, iKaosilator for bass type synth sounds and the third with beebot.
All three stations were equally popular and we found that users of all abilities seemed to enjoy the process of just making music interactively.
Sound Lab was an experiment, but one that worked very well in the end and Heart n Soul have decided that they want to continue this work and take it further and run the configuration in different settings.
I hope that I can continue to be a part of it as I personally learnt a lot from the experience, and I also had a great time designing it and working in the Sound Lab at the Beautiful Octopus Club.
If you’re interested in seeing some pictures and a bit more detail I’ve posted about getting the Sound Lab all set up at Palm Sounds, and also about the initial workshops in these two posts, ‘having fun in Sound Lab‘, and ‘Sound Lab, making it work‘.
In October 2012 I started chairing Music Tech Pitch 4.5, which was a very interesting experience for me. Working with developers and small start ups is something that I’ve done for a long time as part of Palm Sounds, but Music Tech Pitch is a very different take on this.
Watching a group of start ups pitch their ideas and give everything in just three minutes was one thing. Having to cut them off when their time is up is another, but to make sure it’s all fair that’s what I have to do in my role of chairing the whole thing.
Overall it’s a great learning experience for me and I’ve met some truly inspiring and very interesting people as a result. I hope to keep doing it for as long as I can.
Here’s a bit more about the event:
Music TechPitch 4.5 is a platform to enable startups specifically within the music-tech industry from all across Europe to showcase their business proposition to a relevant wider audience, including VCs, music industry professionals and experts, journalists, as well as other aspiring and successful music and tech entrepreneurs. This pitching event is a unique opportunity to build more awareness, receive productive feedback from an expert panel, and network with key music-tech industry players.
Tickets are available for all events, check and register here…using promo code PALMSOUNDS for a 10% discount.
If you’d like to know more about Music Tech Pitch then please do get in touch.
This was an event that I went to in May of 2011 at CoDe. I spoke briefly about mobile music and the app economy.
It was interesting for me, but a little academic if I’m honest.
CDR Knowledge’s ‘Create Music Mobile’ event:
This was an interesting event to be a part of, and it had good support from the likes of Korg, IKM and Apple too. It was interesting to co-host it and announce the speakers as they came in, but I’m not quite sure that we had the attendance that we were really after, which was a bit of shame.
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of the event.
A new track from me called Homeward, made entirely in an iOS app called Auxy
I was given this book as a present a while ago. I hadn’t heard about the book, or the recordings before this, so it was a very nice surprise. I’ve just finished reading the book. It’s short. Very short, but…
It’s a fairly rare MIDI kit for a Casio VL-1. I’m not building it myself, it’s just too fidly, but I have some plans to be able to use a VL-1 over MIDI. We’ll see where that goes.