Music for Bagpipes and Electronics

The work explores the interaction between the acoustic sound of the bagpipes against electronic generated audio. A series of short pre-composed studies are synthesised to resemble not only the acoustic properties of the bagpipe chanter and drones but also their frequency range, aiming towards a musical interaction that explore improvisation, psychoacoustics and repetition.

A CD release will be out ~ spring 2020.

Short bagpipe study #1 (Performance excerpt)
Short bagpipe study #2 (Recording session)

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A Multichannel Piece

with VA AA LR

A mobile multichannel piece performed at Tusk Festival.

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Volume 2

CD published by We Can Elude Control

Compositions consisting of two sinewaves each, transmitted through the AM band into a couple of old radios.

The simple signal chain, often carrying frequencies outside of the human earing range, generates a dynamic field of textural noise, resulting from the combination of the signal volatility, overdriving, frequency modulation and its consequent harmonics all interacting with the innate analogue tendencies of the short wave ether.

Artwork from Gradiend Descent (2015) series by Anil Bawa Cavia

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6 Oscs Synthesizer

A synthesizer consisting of 6 interconnected square wave oscillators with the ability to interfere with them through a number of exposed extensions of the circuit board. Battery starvation and 2x 1/4inch outputs allow for a rather dynamic stereo image.

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Concert for Signal Flares

with VA AA LR

This performance aims to utilise the flares as a sonic artifact, over their intended use as a visual one.

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Volume 1

C32 published by Wasted Capital Since 2013

Recording composed of a number of takes made with a battered portable cassette recorder. It's old and faulty mechanics affected not only the recording process but also its playback. No effects were added. Recorded between December 2012 and June 2013.

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Crackle Party

with VA AA LR / CD published by Porta

Improvised electronics, distress flares, fire extinguishers.

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Music for Electronics and Amplified Car

with Louie Rice, David Stearn

An electroacoustic composition presented as 3 x 9 minute studies of the revved engine in relation to digitally generated audio arrangements. This piece was composed for, and performed at We Can Elude Control / Bold Tendencies 2011 in the Peckham Multi-storey car park.

Reviews: The Wire ♯322

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AM/FM Keyboard 6

This instrument is an updated version of the FM kbrd. Designed to be portable, long lasting and to provide more sound options with an individual output for each radio. Features include: volume control, AM/FM band switch and tunning.

Consists of 6 radios, 6 keys, 6 tunning dials, 6 volume controls, 6 AM/FM switches, 6 LED lights, 6 antennas, 6 mono audio outputs and 1 power socket. More photos of the keyboard can be found here, and a filmed live performance here.

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Handmade Electronic Music - The Art of Hardware Hacking

The FM kbrd and Stylus Pen were featured in the second edition of the book and DVD Handmade Electronic Music (The Art of Hardware Hacking) written by Nicolas Collins.

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FM Kbrd

12 keys trigger 12 radios, enabling one to play what is currently being broadcasted. Below each speaker a tuner allows to seek for different frequencies across the FM band.

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Stylus Pen

Working prototypes for a "pen" that allows one to freely scratch/play the surface of a record.

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