Category Archives: misc


Just to reflect, I’m currently:

  • Finishing a project on Optical Music Recognition
  • Co-editing and writing chapters for the Oxford Handbook on Algorithmic Music, with another book on the horizon
  • Co-editing two journal special issues
  • Co-organising a symposium, international conference + algorave, and many more events on the horizon, as well as upcoming performances, talks and other events
  • Co-leading two research council funded projects
  • Learning to weave, making a language for it, developing designs for a warp weighted loom, and working towards an installation and performance in Munich in May
  • Finishing a range of chapters, journal articles and papers
  • Peer reviewing a lot of things
  • Preparing for a big series of Tidal workshops and an evening course
  • Developing a series of alternative hackathons and residencies over the Summer
  • Giving lectures and supervising student projects
  • Trying to find time to write project proposals/grant applications to try to extend my fixed term postdoc and increasingly part-time contract doing all the above (erp!)
  • Finishing tracks for my next EP, and associated software and linux distro
  • Being a Dad/Husband
  • Other things currently not on the forefront of my mind

So no time to blog, really…

A Yorkshire Hack at Digital Utopias

The Arts Council Digital Utopias conference is next Tuesday, organised by Abandon Normal Devices, and I’ve been invited last minute to bring together some folks together for a Hack of sorts by the AHRC. It’ll be a relaxed affair, but hopefully some interesting activities and collaborations will emerge. Here’s the people involved so far:

Leila Johnston (Sheffield),
Victoria Bradbury (Newcastle),
Antonio Roberts (Birmingham),
Joanne Armitage (Leeds),
Shelly Knotts (Durham),
Alex McLean (Leeds),
Jake Harries (Sheffield),
John Moseley (Sheffield),
Jon Harrison (Sheffield),
Tim Shaw (Newcastle),
Holger Ballweg (Newcastle),
Lalya Gaye (Newcastle),
Rodrigo Velasco (Leeds / Mexico City),
Benedict Phillips (Leeds),
Maria X (Hull)

Conference template utopia needed

I’m co-chairing the live coding conference in July, and am trying to make some templates for it. It seems to be fashionable in my corner of academia to do academic writing in markdown these days, using the excellent pandoc tool to convert it to LaTeX or Word for submission. Here’s a quick guide for doing that.

The good thing about using markdown/pandoc though is that it also renders for the web and a bazillion formats, referneces and all. So it would make much more sense for the conference to accept papers in markdown, and then produce proceedings in both online for-web (html) and for-print (pdf) form, as well as potentially in various ebook formats, etc.

So that’s what I hope to be doing. I recognise some people won’t find learning how to use markdown and pandoc a reasonable prospect, and so will still provide word and open document templates.. But papers submitted in those formats will only be readable in PDF form.

I need some help though! If you have used markdown for academic papers, please share your experiences, favourite editors, gotchas, etc.. What advice/resources are there for people new to markdown? Any online tools that can help with collaboration? Have any other conferences gone down this route? You might also want to take a look at work in progress and comment on it and perhaps even contribute directly. Or if you think this is a terrible idea, and we should stick with the traditional word and LaTeX templates, please let me know. Thanks!

Digital media labs residency

It’s been a frantic couple of months, but somewhere in there I had the privilege of being invited into a Digital Media Labs group residency in Barrow-in-Furness.  A week of activities amongst an absolutely amazing and diverse group of ten artists working with technology. Many great things will come out of this.. You can read the lab diary entries, including mine right here. Actually, I still have one more retrospective entry to make, but since leaving the oasis that is the Octopus collective building I have been all over the place..

For now, here is the sound of a washing machine, mixed with the output of a pitch tracking algorithm:

Canute at NIME 2014

Here’s a recording of Canute at the NIME 2014 algorave.

Matthew (drill ‘n bass producer of renown) on drums and me live coding with Tidal, fully improvised. The set went down really well, although to tell the truth Matthew and I weren’t really feeling it, a combination of technical hitches at the start and stage lights making it difficult to see the crowd.. But it must have been better on the floor because we got a roaring encore, which spurred us on to produce this. Love Matthew’s reaction to the tempo change ups..

The above recording is from the desk, but here’s a video snippet for the vibe..

The Textility of Live Code in Torque

tumblr_inline_nbzlxtm1iZ1qgqy8mI wrote a short essay “The Textility of Live Code”, published in a (free to download) ebook Torque #1, a collection of writings from the excellent series of events by the same name organised (and here edited) by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner. It’s a thoroughly interdisciplinary take on mind, language and the brain and it’s been a privilege to be involved with the project. I collaborated with Kate Sicchio on a live choreography and live code performance as part of the event series, and she also has a piece in the book, amongst many other fascinating pieces.

Live to Wallriss metarave/megarave

I’ve had an inspiring time lately, including at FARM, SNEL HEST, and most recently a week’s residency with some really marvellous people at Digital Media Labs in Octopus, Barrow. So despite being tired I really enjoyed streaming a live coded improv to a metarave/megarave event Wallriss in Switzerland, making the above recording for posterity. I found myself settling into familiar territory at times though, I need to add more features to Tidal!

A lot more events coming up, too…