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22 May

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Moves Opening Night

May 22, 2010 | By | No Comments

Photo documentation of the Moves 10 launch in April where I performed a VJ set alongside sound scientist Tom Rea Smith (Amos) and TV Lux man Tristan Brady-Jacobs. It’s really nice to see how it looked to the audience, especially the Tangram-making section, which I couldn’t see at all due to my wrestling with those darn puzzles. Photos by Garth of safetycatch.net

11 Nov

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A Long Journey (Crackle / Feedback)

November 11, 2009 | By |

The more time has past, the more fond I have grown of this piece, and so finally putting this online. It was amos’ idea, and its power comes from the sincere words and the intense score, but I am pleased with the role of the video in expressing these ideas.

I showed it in Apocalypse at Red Wire in August, and I’ve just submitted it to AV Fest, so fingers crossed. Made as part of ‘The Winter Will Not Last Forever’, a series of soundworks developed by composer Amos on the theme of ‘hope’, and performed at HIVE. This piece is a live stream mix from Isadora and combines video samples from myself and the late great Pete Bamford.

A voice reads out a letter telling of his personal struggle amidst bereavement and addiction. A red glow pulses behind a growing storm of grit and noise. As the storm becomes ever harsher, the glow becomes stronger. The glow and the storm begin to feedback on themselves, becoming enmeshed and amplified towards and inevitable end. Created using simple samples pushed through a state of live video feedback, organically re-incorporated and remixed.

Text by Warwick Ward
Images by Pete Bamford and Sam Meech
Sounds by Amos

28 Jan

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Music for Sleeping – the next morning

January 28, 2009 | By | No Comments

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Images from the performance of Music for Sleeping at the Bluecoat, courtesy of Richard G.

25 Jan

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Future of Sound – the 'prepared piano'

January 25, 2009 | By | No Comments

Tilly Automatic - setup

Tilly Automatic - piano

On Friday I was in Leicester with Tilly Automatic for another Future of Sound event. It was another strange and interesting mix of artists, designers, scientists and sound recordists presenting work, ideas and inventions. I was made up to meet Chris Watson, who presented his immersive recordings of the Galapagos waters, and Mike Faulkner of D-Fuse who is a pioneer of VJing and video performance.

Our own stuff went really well again, with Tilly and myself both trying new things in the performance. This time I managed to take some pictures of the setup and the insides of  Sarah’s ‘prepared piano’. The top hat houses a bluetooth device that senses tilt, and becomes a performative way for sarah to distort the sounds. The pieces of wood on the piano board have motors attached which spin round and tap the string, the speed of which is determined by a midi device. There are also a few random items housed in there which Tilly can use percussively on the strings and frame of the piano. At the moment she smuggles all this bomb-like machinery to the venue and inserts it into a grand piano, however she has been busy making her own upright model, hung on a custom made frame, which she affectionately refers to as ‘the beast’.

22 Dec

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"No cameras allowed into the gallery at any time"

December 22, 2008 | By | No Comments

On Saturday I took part in an event at Tate Liverpool, run by the boys from Mercy. The day was simply called ‘The Making’, and together with several illustrators and graphic artists, a band and a poet, that is just what we did. We created a space, developed a rough ethos of overlapping and feedback, and spent the day simply making stuff in that space in front of the public. For my part I worked with film-maker Stuart Lancely to created a multi-camera / multi-projector feedback machine I called ‘The Videodrome’, which was intended to give a sense of things being interconnected and constantly representing each other.

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The idea for the Videodrome came from initially being asked to ‘film’ the event, and from my unease that people seem to constantly need a record of a performance rather than just let it happen. If it is not recorded at all, did it ever actually take place? I feel in someways the recording of the performance becomes more important than the thing itself. Videodrome attempted to project the event back upon itself, making the act of recording part of the performance. This video shows a performance of ‘The Bell’ by Nathan Jones and Wave Machines. I decided not to record any performance or take any pictures of the day, but simply work with live feed, though inevitably it was photographed and filmed by others. I include Tim Brunsden‘s excellent video here in order to prove that an event did happen.

15 Dec

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Music for Sleeping

December 15, 2008 | By | No Comments

Music for Sleeping flyer

The new year will begin with an interesting and relaxing event with Tom Smith (aka Amos) who presents his Music for Sleeping project, first performed at View Two Gallery last year. As a member of the audience I was treated to a comfy space to lie down and soak up the surround experience of Tom’s soundscapes whilst meditating on the textured imagery beamed on the gallery ceiling by VJ Pistol Pete, now sadly departed. It was a truly lovely experience. This time round its at the Bluecoat, and I will be helping provide the light show with Pete’s original material as well as my own stuff, and the audience will once again get the fill in the bit inbetween. And its on a Sunday! I implore you to come.

28 Nov

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In Search of a Different Tune

November 28, 2008 | By | No Comments

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I spent last week working on a dance project entitled ‘In Search of A Different Tune’. Under the direction of Chris Sudworth and choreography of Kali Dass, the dancers explored animal movements, and together we developed the bones of what will hopefully become a touring show for children early next year. I was using Isadora to create backdrops, cue scene changes and also create a couple of magical effects as the characters in the story ‘found’ their movements. The project was produced by Fuse theatre and Chaturangan dance company, under the artistic direction of Bisakha Sarker.

20 Oct

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Urban Screens 07 – The Light Surgeons

October 20, 2007 | By | No Comments

Britains foremost AV performance group The Light Surgeons discuss the process of creating their latest work ‘True Fictions’, which had its European premier at Manchester Town Hall for Urban Screen 2007.

07 Jan

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Dj Yoda tour visuals

January 7, 2007 | By | No Comments

Animation / video mix for Dj Yoda’s 2007 tour featuring characters by the Sketchybeast. I created this in a mad rush in half a day before skipping off to spend christmas with my brother in Germany.
Sketchybeast website
DJ Yoda website