Connecting Raspberry pi and PureData

During one of my most recent events, I needed to connect PureData on my Raspberry Pi up to a physical switch to toggle a Bang event. For those that don’t use Raspberry Pi or PureData that probably sounded like gobbledegook. The Raspbery pi is: a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom…

Mini Dronemachine 

This is probably the quickest build of a Dronemachine I’ve managed! I was being interviewed for a mini Hackoustic documentary and realised I had no dronemachines of my own to show! So this was a very rushed build but had remarkably good sounds at the end! Made from the motor coil of an electric fan,…

Hackoustic in Electronic Sound magazine!

We were very privileged to have been interviewed and photographed by the amazing Electronic Sound magazine during our recent #HackousticVillage festival . The magazine is fantastic and the article they wrote about us at Hackoustic is a hugely positive and a wonderful piece. I would scan the article for you to read, but I would seriously…

Dronitar Commission 

My latest commission is finished and sounding rather nice! It’s made from scrap/reclaimed woods, repurposed transformers for pickups, recycled motor parts to create a hum/drone and misc hardware to finish it all off.

HackousticVillage

We (Hackoustic) recently curated the HackousticVillage at the We Are Robots festival at Truman Brewery in London. It was an incredible event full of amazing people. Here is a quick walk-through from our friend Sam Battle, AKA LookMumNoComputer And here is a great breakdown of the event as a whole featuring a few of our…

Planted Symphony

I was asked by Charles Matthews and Drake Music to help out on this installation/performance piece for Arts and Gardens for the 2017 Liberty Festival at Olympic Park The concept was a lovely one, and one that Charles worked insanely hard to pull off. Installations included Pressure Sensor triggers, Flowers that when you blow into them they…

Springything Tutorial

My Springything has become a staple instrument wherever I go and whatever event it is I am at. The range and variety of noises and textures I’ve figured out how to conjure from this instrument always amaze me considering how simple an instrument it actually is.   It works using one of the most basic…

#MTFSparks at Wallifornia Music Tech

I was honoured and delighted to be asked my Music Tech Fest to lead their most recent #MTFSparks workshop as part of the Wallifornia Music Tech festival. Every MTF event is incredible and I always come away from them with new ideas, new friends and a replenished sense of enthusiasm and motivation. For this workshop,…

The Proximity Mixer

This installation uses hidden audio signals that travel along lengths of wire, by placing the pickups close to the wire you can reveal and mix the audio in your own way. I first showed a prototype of this at a Drake Music hackathon, and then showcased it at the Tate Moderns first ever Tate Lates…

Hummingbird Evolution

My Hummingbird instrument, the one controlled by Twitter, has recently had a new breath of life blown into it with the use of the incredible DADA machines Automat. This newest version can control physical beat machines via the tweets you send me! I did a Live Stream test of it where people could tweet me…

How to make a basic dulcimer from one piece of wood!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a quick, acoustic dulcimer from a single piece of wood… Start with a nice chunky bit of timber: Trim a piece off the end: Trim a thin piece off the top, the thinner the better as this will be your soundboard: This was much thicker than it…

DADA Machines

I am one of the very very lucky few to get their hands on a DADA Machines Automat Kit already. I’ve known about this product since I met Johannes in Slovenia for MTF and have wanted one ever since then! He launched a very successful kickstarter a few weeks ago and achieved his goal within…