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  • Infrasound – the pipe

    Making pure infrasound on a budget Our infrasound generator was built on a very small budget – it was designed by Peter Lord of the UK National Physical Laboratory on the acoustic…

  • HMS Alliance

    Reanimating a submarine with sound Over the winter 2013-14, I swapped my studio for submarine HMS Alliance where I’ve been installing a new, generative (i.e. algorithmically controlled, ever-changing) 50-channel sound piece.  …

  • Muriel Howorth: Atomic gardener

    The Odditorium is a compendium of eccentrics, trickers, deviants and obsessives, many of whom are largely unacknowledged in the usual histories of science, politics and the arts. This book has been compiled…

  • Material Culture and Electronic Sound

    Material Culture and Electronic Sound is edited by Tim Boon and Frode Weium, with a forward by Brian Eno. Published by Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press (2013), this is the eighth book in…

  • Reprint of Daphne Oram’s ‘An Individual Note’

    Funded by the Daphne Oram Trust, Anomie Academic have republished Daphne Oram’s An Individual Note: of Music, Sound and Electronics – a book that’s been out of print since 1973. This beautiful…

  • Needless Noise

    The Hairy Ape – noise and modernity

    Some discoveries from the archives about the earliest European productions of The Hairy Ape, including the first London production which featured Paul Robeson as Yank. Even before electric sound, the stokehole scene in this play was evidently a feat of endurance for the actors.

  • Trace – building the first prototypes

    There’s a celebration of all things uncanny (Unheimlich) at Spike Island, Bristol, on Friday 21 November, when I’ll be performing a live score to Anna Franceschini’s film from 2010, shot in the Pianola…

  • Trace: poetic robotics, music and the uncanny

    I’m excited to be embarking on a new part-time residency at the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol, where I’ll be exploring poetic approaches to robotics on stage. Thanks to the National Lottery…

  • The Bird Fancyer’s Delight – background notes

    For those of you who would like to know more about The Bird Fancyer’s Delight, the topic of my recent Radio 4 documentary, here’s a bumper crop of references I’ve found over the last few months. These include transcripts from the British Library, music excerpts, photographs of a serinette and details of contributors to the show. I hope you find them interesting…

  • Sound ‘recording’ before the Edison phonograph? (BBC Radio 4 doc 1:30pm Tues 5 July)

    We know we can teach birds to talk and sing. Here, for example, is an astounding recording of Sparkie Williams, champion talking budgie, 1958. But were birds ever used as primordial, feathered music recorders? Did we use them to bring popular music into our homes on command before the advent of the phonograph, the gramophone and radio?…

  • Stooky Bill

    With jet black eyes and hair singed by the lights of the John Logie Baird’s early televisor, Stooky Bill was the inventor’s ventriloquial sidekick. Stooky’s face appeared as a streaky blob on the second ever televisor image, around 1925. Here’s photographic evidence that Baird had at least two Stooky Bills.

  • Loving the Machine – notes

    Thanks to everyone who came along to TEDx Brighton, January 2011. I had a great time – never knew I could hear so many new ideas in one day. Taking a tip from Antony Mayfield’s inspiring talk on social networks, I’d like to share these links with you all…