One of my latest commissions was this monstrous Dronemachine. It’s an unpredictable demonbag of noises, timbres, resonances and textures.
I’ve found myself recently in a really fun new role of consulting on instrument building for various people. Recently, I helped Luke Gottelier turn one of his old paintings into a working guitar for an exhibition here in London. From the Press release: Luke Gottelier will be responding to the DOLPH brief by moving intoContinue reading “Luke Gottelier’s Painting guitar”
A good friend of mine and collaborator Ryan Cockerham is performing an amazing piece with his comrade Er-Gene Kahng on the 27th of this month at The Great Hall, Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas. The piece, “Music on a Long-Thin Wire” by Alvin Lucier, uses a long-string instrument which I gave technical support and theoryContinue reading “Death of Narrative (and Happy Birthdays)”
My latest Dronitar is a 3 stringed, 2-motored, piezo contact pickup’ed instrument made from plywood and a strip of hardwood from a doorframe! The frets are positioned so that it can only play the same notes as a Tempered Hang, this was in the brief for the commission. This makes it very easy to playContinue reading “Newest Dronitar”
I’ve been commissioned to do a few new instruments, one of which was this nice, simple and hopefully elegant Mouthbow!
This instrument came about from a conversation with experimental sound artist Phil Julian. He was after something percussive that would sound very large but also transportable! From my recent experiments with The Leviaphone I came up with the idea of having a few big chunky springs stretched close to a pickup (in this case was someContinue reading “The Springymaphone”
This instrument came about from a Eureka moment on my long and dull commute into work. It’s to replace the failed Dronemachine I built for Christopher Campbell. It uses Piano wire, the springs from an anglepoise lamp, the circular insides of an electric fan motor and a bunch of hardware to act as a DIYContinue reading “The Leviaphone”
My latest commission is one of two Dronemachines for composer Christopher Campbell. It’s made from 100% reclaimed materials. The Circular cog acts as an adjustable bridge that you can change the pitch of the strings by rotating it slightly. An unexpected result of the design was that when the bridge is turned, one half ofContinue reading “Dronemachine MKIII”
I was commissioned to create a hollow-bodied version of the moustache shaped guitar that I auctioned off for November last year. This was a tricky build but worked out well, all the wood was reclaimed. I also included a small resonating tin inside the hollow body which is connected to the sound board via twoContinue reading “The Mocimer”
My latest instrument is a 2-stringed droning guitar for Mehdi from *Shels and owner of shelsmusic, one of the best independant record labels out there! It uses a motor at one end of the neck to spin a small piece of string at the other, the string hits the wire and creates a droning noise.Continue reading “The Droneitar!”