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Monday, 5 January 2015

This is not my music website

Welcome, LMJ readers. The URL that should have been listed by name is This is just my personal blog.

I just had two pieces in the audio companion for the latest Leonardo Music Journal, which is very exciting. You can find more about the latest issue here. Both pieces are also on my podcast, but the LMJ versions have been remastered by Tom Erbe and probably sound better.

Friday, 19 December 2014

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Holiday Rush Is On!

If you're like me, you've barely started your Christmas shopping. I know it's naughty to put it off so long, but sometimes it takes me a while to think of just the right gift. And sometimes I need deadlines for motivation. And, this is really a bit of a personality flaw. I was on a first name basis with the person responsible for assessing late fees at my uni when I was 20.

If you were thinking of getting a bespoke noise music for a Christmas gift this year, fear not, fellow procrastinator! I can deliver two more noise pieces in time for the holidays! If you want a physical disk, be warned I send them via first class post from London, so I can no longer guarantee arrivals of physical disks in time for Christmas for anyone overseas. It will probably get around England in time.

If you are ordering a digital delivery gift and aren't sure how to give it, you could try burning your own disk or using other physical media such as a memory stick. Or I could generate a QR code you could put into a card.

Don't delay too much longer, as I need a bit of time to make the piece and to do my own Christmas shopping!

Noise music doesn't end with Christmas, so if you need to give a gift in January or for Valentines Day, I'll be here to help. I'm working on some exciting plans for noise in 2015!

Bespoke noise music makes a great gift. There are only two order left in time for Christmas! Get yours in NOW!

Do you love noise music? Do you have fashion? Drop me an email if you'd like your image to be in forthcoming posts about noise and fashion

Monday, 8 December 2014


I decided this weekend that what would really be a good idea would be a photo of my puppy wearing a Holiday jumper and headphones. It turns out that it's really difficult to put things on puppies and then get them to sit still. Especially if they're teething. My pinkie got caught in a futile attempt to prevent the jumper from being shredded and the headphone cables now need to be re-soldered. I hope that professional photographers that work with puppies are well-paid, because they certainly deserve to be.


I got one photo that came out more or less ok, and adding to my frustration, graphic design is also really hard. Really, my creative skills are almost entirely musical in nature.

Finally, I decided to give up and instead give my dog a nice long walk, as a thanks for (sort of) putting up with being made to wear strange things. As we went by Hackney's medieval tower, I noticed they had a 'Santa's Grotto'. Aha!

Noise Advert!

My graphic design skills are still rubbish, but it helps to start out with a really good photo.

Sonia's dad is involved with the Hackney Historic Buildings Trust, which runs open days at the Tower and both her and I have volunteered there, so we chatted with the elves and gave mulled apple juice to queuing families, until finally there was a lull and no children were waiting. Father Christmas turned out, fortunately, to love dogs and was happy to pose for a photo. (It also helped that he didn't notice that the puppy was actually chewing on his beard at the moment this was snapped.)

If even adorable puppies want noise music, maybe your friends and family do too!

I have an idea for some puppy themed, music, actually. He likes to race around my living room for a bit, and while doing proper tracking on a webcam is somewhat difficult, detecting pixels that have changed massively from frame to frame is kind of trivial. So I could have a sound process controlled by the paths chosen by an excite-able puppy. It would be fun to do and make his excesses of energy something other than distracting - at least for one piece!

Do you want to give a gift of puppy-generated music this Christmas or Hanukkah? Order now to beat the rush!

Do you love noise music? Do you have fashion? Drop me an email if you'd like your image to be in forthcoming posts about noise and fashion

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Noisy Week

I've posted TWO noise music commissions this week and sent a third to the patron who commissioned me. I'll post it as soon as she gives me a title.

The first one was in honour of the birthday / retirement of Paul Berg from Sonology. One of his former students organised a large number of short commissions, which were compiled together in something they called 'The AC Jukebox', titled for the software that Paul developed. I talked a lot about the piece on my podcast, where you can read the notes of how it was assembled and some reminiscences on having Paul as a teacher.

The next piece I posted was commissioned by Lauren Redhead in honour of her friend, Caroline, who had a birthday. The party was last night and I have not yet heard how it went down as a gift, so here's hoping it was well-received!

This was a digital piece and since it was my first digital piece in this series, I went a bit overboard with the processing. I wrote a SuperCollider script to generate 10 short source sounds and then used other scripts to manipulate the files as if there were images. I set up a lot of batch processing to go through them. I like this processing method a lot, and so will have more to say about my scripts shortly. I'm calling the suite of tools autoglitch!

Lauren told me that Caroline likes harsh noise, so this piece is a lot of glitching with no reverb. It's dry digitalism! I did have to run it through a short SuperCollider script to remove DC bias, which was very helpful to make it speaker safe without changing the perceptual sound. You can give it a listen on my podcast.

Making that piece created a load of weird, glitchy images, which are also nice. The ideas that lead to this piece and this way of working are very much from talking to Antonio Roberts, who had lots of helpful suggestions and who posted his own tutorials on glitch art. His stuff is great.

As for the piece awaiting a title, I don't want to say too much about it yet, but I will say that the commissioner had a bit of a poppy sensibility, so I used some compression and faux plate reverb.

If you've got a friend with an upcoming birthday or want to give something really original for the holidays, consider giving the gift of noise! If you order now, delivery is guaranteed in time for Hanukkah or Christmas!

Do you love noise music? Do you have fashion? Drop me an email if you'd like your image to be in forthcoming posts about noise and fashion