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Archives: 2008-05

Platnik - Fear of Electrons EP

Platnik is the musical spawn of me and the endlessly skilled Mimi Leung. Though her current living situation (approximately 9,648km east of here) makes recording difficult at the moment, we've just finished roughly mastering our 6-track debut EP, which lurches around the graveyards of rave, drone and post-rock, in the murgy fog of an undead comedown.

It's available online in its entirety --

New Ad Hoc live mix and photographs

K http://www.adhoc.fm/

I've been gigging around more as Ad Hoc over the past few weeks, from a warehouse party in the industrial hinterland surrounding the Blackwall Tunnel, to next Wednesday's Cybersonica Çonic Social. As a consequence, I've spruced up the website with a series of new photos plus a recording of last night's live set at Dust, Clerkenwell.

There's also much more original material coming soon...


Accompanying text and images are now available for Subtext, the major project that I've been working on over the past few months. It's the first time that I've been involved in creating real, physical objects for an exhibition - not to mention the first complex electronic project that I've built - and so required a significant number of skills that were formerly alien to me. Thanks to all of the people who assisted in picking up said skills.

The images documenting the process should give an insight into what the installation looks like in action, in the absence of a good-quality video.

delicious digest #1

There's been a veritable blizzard of bookmarks swarming through my browser tabs over the past few days — convenient, as I'm enjoying the relative lull after the hectic weeks around Futuresonic.

For example,
this wall-bound bestiary;
this tongue-tripping delight;
this Gallic trove;
this subaquatic cartography;
this delving profile;
this bit-pop artistry.

I'm intending to post some photos and video of the Futuresonic work in the next few days. In the meantime, please enjoy this image of a bird in wellingtons, sent to me by my brother.

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Free gig this Thursday: WTCD Escape


I won't repeat verbatim what I've just written on the Ad Hoc blog - but I'm playing in this guise, along with the Capsized Smiles, in Herne Hill this Friday. Should be a good'un, and, like the rest of the WTCD: Escape events, it's freee.

I'm intending to curate one of the later editions of the Escape series, and have been harvesting appealing propositions from around the UK for a riotous bleepfest. More on this soon.

Shortcut: Bluetooth files directly from Finder


Subtext, Autonomous Village at Futuresonic08

subtext I'm writing this from the Contact Theatre in Manchester, one of the main venues of Futuresonic08, in the midst of last-minute preparation for an installation commissioned by the wonderful SoundNetwork. For the duration of the festival, I'll be sat in a tipi outside the Contact alongside the other inhabitants of the Autonomous Village, an interdisciplinary high-tech shanty town — in a car park.

The commission itself is entitled Subtext, a light-based generative installation which responds to the network traffic of the other workstations in the tipi. While they're electronically participating in Werner Moebius' Sonic Biographies project, the nodes of Subtext will be translating the various layers of network traffic into a series of visible discourses, via transient LED blinks and a projected transcript (above).

More information is available on the Subtext project page; full source code (Python, Processing) and schematics are available only within the networks of Autonomous Village, to be published online after the close of FS08.