Club Curious: Digital Tropical

I’m going to be providing visuals for a rave happening in a secret location in Belfast on the 16th December called Club Curious. The theme is ‘Digital Tropical’, so get your swim wear out. It might get a bit nippy in this Christmas weather though.

The lineup is:

Billious Bills
Cleveland Watkiss
The Sohmm

See ya there (if you’ve been invited).

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A4 Sounds Creative Technology for Artists and Makers

The past two Sundays I attended a series of workshops at A4 Sounds in Dublin on using Arduino and other electronics for creative projects. The workshops were instructed by Claudine Chen and Andy Wilson, who both did a fantastic job.

I learnt a lot about using Arduino, which I hope to make use of in future projects. It was also really nice to get a refresher on electronics and circuits, with some applied creative uses in mind. Perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of the workshop was getting to build and solder my own phase shift oscillator from scratch. You can see mine in the picture above.

You can’t see my face but I’m as pleased as Punch.

Umbrella in the Stairwell

Umbrella is Belfast-based sound art collective that recently started up a few months ago. They had their first public event HEAR YOUS on Culture Night 2017 (22 September). I’m happy to say that I’m joining the collective for their second public event, which is taking place in the stairwell of the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Queen’s University, Belfast.

The night is going to consist of several performances from different members of the collective in different parts of the stairwell. There’s some pretty interesting things in the works for the event, including: choir performances based on electrical drones; transducers being place on stair bannisters; and much more.

On the night, I’ll be collaborating with Liam McCartan. He will be performing some of his recent compositions. I’ll being responding to his compositions using some audio-reactive visuals. It all feels pretty pretty exciting.

The event will take place on 12 December 2017 at 7:30pm. See you there!

New Track: Spread

I’ve been in love with the horn part from Scott Walker’s song ‘Epizootics!’ for quite a while. I think it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve heard. I’ve also been sort of obsessed with trying to work it into something else. I thought I could make a really banging techno track out it – but then I realised I don’t really know how to make techno that’s actually any good.

So, instead I decided to just use it as the basis for a ambient/noise-based composition. Taking the lead from the title of the song, I decided to try and make a piece that followed the time course of a disease outbreak. Rising from nothing, hitting a peak infection rate and then fading back into obscurity amongst the many other lifeforms vying for their chance to shine in the ecosystem.

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Visual Artists’ News Sheet Sept/Oct Issue 2017

I’ve recently moved to Dublin to start working for Visual Artists Ireland, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping artists at all stages in their careers. For the past 20 years they’ve published a news sheet every two months. I’m the new Production Editor for the news sheet and we’ve just published the latest issue. It’s a special issue on painting that covers all areas of painting practice in Ireland and beyond. I’m really proud to have worked on it. It’s rammed with great articles, columns and reviews of painting exhibitions happening all over the place. It’s been a blast and a real education for me.

If you want to have a read of it, some the feature articles and critiques are available to read on our website. If you want a physical copy, you can become a member/friend of Visual Artists Ireland via their website.

I’ll let you all know when the next issue is out. It’s shaping up to be another good’un!

I am Sitting in a Vault – Pictures

Thanks to everyone who came down last Saturday for the performance of I am Sitting in a Vault. We all had an amazing time. I’m still pretty astounded we packed out the reception of the bank with people. I did not expect so many people to be interested.

Here’s some pictures that different people took from the event.

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