• Rubato: work in progress

    7 January 2015

    I’m working with Richard Birkin on a project called Rubato (Burton in my codenames). Funded by Sound and Music, it’s a tool for a performer to control visualisations on the audiences’ mobile phones or devices from the stage. Richard’s written up the first stage of the project over at the Sound and Music blog:

    In February 2015 I’m releasing a project called Songs For Spoken Words. There are six pieces of instrumental music written to accompany six poems. The poems are animated along with the music, encouraging the reader to follow the rhythm and emphasis of the written words and become part of the performance.

    For the performance, I wanted to have the words on a screen while I played the music with a string quartet.

    I’ve been working on the core technology, and Richard’s been continuing to work on the visualisation markup.

    I also built Richard a footpedal for it, and we made a short film about that:

    I’m continuing on this project in early 2015, and it should get some outings at some gigs in February.

  • The Material World

    20 September 2013

    My talk from Webdagene was filmed, and the videos are now all online; you can watch it above. It’s about the process of material exploration for designers.

    The modern designer works with more materials than ever before. Not just tangible materials, such as the web, or desktop software, or the smartphone; also, intangible ‘immaterials’ such as data, time, radio, and the network.

    To design well with materials, be they tangible or not, we need to be conversant in them, acutely aware of their capabilities. How do we develop that familiarity?

    Rest assured: the slides displayed fine on the day; however, the stream slightly skewed the aspect ratio and lowered the image quality considerably; apologies to everyone whose material is not quite as pristine as it should be – it definitely was at the event.

  • Hello Lamppost Trailer

    19 June 2013

    Hello Lamppost launches in just under a month. This is the trailer we shot in Bristol a few weeks ago for the project.