Makrotulpa @ Vision Gallery

Here is the live recording from last nights performance at Visions Gallery.  Opening section is a bit dull but some nice stuff starts around the 7.00 mark if you’re getting bored.  After action report beyond…

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fighting the fatigue with fun

It’s 10.30pm and all are asleep.  Normally now would be a great time for working on patches for my performance next weekend but the fatigue has been hitting me almost as hard as when I had Pneumonia last year.

I’ve decided to fight fatigue with fun or give in… better to succumb to dreams if it means I might wake up tomorrow not feeling like a cadaver.  At least for a little while until I start feeling human again.   However before I head to bed I thought i’d mention a couple of things I might classify as “fun” or at least things that cheered me up.

1) From Stanford, a brain seizure mapped to appropriately creepy oscillators.

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2) Warren Burt is slightly cranky but immensely entertaining in this keynote address from the International Computer Music Conference in Perth this year.  Titled “the democratization of music” it could be also known as “the marginalisation of experimentation”.  Though slightly rambling he provides a unique perspective to the development of electronic music and its good to read a seasoned computer musician / academic weigh up the affordances and constraints of the current state of play in a manner so relatable.


3) It isn’t quite as immediate as Ableton Live or Bidule but it was very nice to fire up Logic X and play around with arpeggiating the newly updated AAS UltraAnalog synth via Logic Remote on the iPad.  How useful this will be in “the real world”[tm] certainly remains to be seen but I will hit the pillow with a kind of zen fulfillment achieved.

Live performance beckons…


Yes i’m risking death and dismemberment again – i’ve been asked to play support for Browning Mummery who some of you reading this blog may remember as the unfortunate victim of careless rockist behaviour.  Hopefully no pinwheel guitar playing and airborne liquids will cloud this occasion which also features Dust Storm Jogger,  X in 0 (collaborating here) and Shane Fahey who used to be a member is a current member of Scattered Order.  It appears he also collaborates with Julian Knowles and Rik Rue as Social Interior in addition to producing his own solo material.  Found this great video which definitely has me anticipating his performance.

By contrast I’m thinking of going for a somewhat chaotic set of mangled noise.  Here I am in the initial stages of testing some odd patching using logic processes to trigger pulse generators.

Excited to be playing what looks to be one of the more interesting underground experimental electronic gigs this year.
Interesting venue also.