My sound work explores the fields of sonification and generativity, translating patterns and structures into audible forms.
For my collaborative practice with James Bulley, see jones-bulley.com.
with Frank Swain
An experimental platform for always-on sonification of wireless signals, rendering audible the invisible network landscapes that surround us.
with James Bulley
A sound installation that grows in the same as as a forest ecosystem, heard through the undergrowth and canopy of the forest itself. Commissioned by Forestry Commission England and Sound And Music, the work toured four UK forests over summer 2014.
with Seb Emina
An autonomous radio station continuously streaming live radio from wherever the sun is rising.
with James Bulley
A sound installation which uses indeterminate radio broadcasts as its raw material, scanning the radio waves in real time in search of new audio fragments to incorporate.
with Peter Gregson, a commission for BBC/Arts Council's The Space
A six-month-long orchestral sonification, translating the real-time interactions of 500 UK-based Twitter users into musical patterns. Combines natural language processing and algorithmic composition with a vast array of orchestral fragments recorded with the Britten Sinfonia chamber orchestra.
with James Bulley, a commission for FutureEverything 2011
Over 48 hours of user-created audio is uploaded to the internet every minute, a figure that is increasing exponentially. Maelstrom is a sound installation that draws on this material in real time, constructing shifting walls of sound from thousands of audio fragments.
A digital simulation of bacterial communication mechanisms.
with James Bulley, a commission from Aldeburgh Music
An outdoor sound installation that translates weather conditions into musical patterns in real time.
A short piece that sonifies the integer number line, based on on the decomposition of successive numbers into their prime factors.
a commission for Space-Net 2007
A platform for sonic improvisation based on the swarming behaviours seen in large groups of insects or birds. Within these collectives, each individual operates under a set of very simple rules, but the swarm as a whole appears to exhibit astoundingly complex and adaptive behaviours, capable of responding rapidly to new environments.
Condensing 11,000 digital photos taken over 10 years into a single poster-sized image.
A digital world comprised of pure data, navigated by 3D motion capture.
Generative drawings in Cinder and OpenGL.
a commission for SoundNetwork, part of Futuresonic08
A generative excavation into network interactions, capturing the semantic content of a TCP/IP packet and transforming it into glyphs of light which, in sequence, form sentences corresponding to a complete electronic conversation.
A lightbox piece visualising the changing structure of an online community, depicting the growth and flux of its usage over an 18-month period.
Plant growth modelling using Processing and Lindenmayer Systems, created for They Did magazine.
Musical scores subjected to processes found within digital music production: granulation, timestretching, mathematical repetition, and cut-and-splice collage.
Projects that I have helped build.
by: Animal Systems
iOS app development and API architecture
Chirp is a platform for sending information over sound, modelled loosely on the communication of birds. I built the iPhone app and designed the platform's REST API. Read about the process. Chirp was #1 in the App Store UK's free Social Networking apps, shortlisted for the Design Museum's Designs Of The Year 2013.
Papa Sangre (2010)
by: Somethin' Else
Audio engine development
Papa Sangre and The Nightjar are audio-only iOS games, navigated through a simulated 3D sound world. I developed the binaural DSP elements of the audio engine used by both. The Nightjar was nominated for two BAFTAs, including Audio Achievement.
The Fragmented Orchestra (2008)
by: Jane Grant, John Matthias and Nick Ryan
The Fragmented Orchestra is a networked, UK-wide sound installation which models the rhythms of the human brain. I developed the network infrastructure and real-time audio streaming software. The Fragmented Orchestra won the prestigious PRS Foundation New Music Award.