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Field at Dorkbot London


We’re doing a short show-and-tell on Field and its application to live coding for digital artworks at Dorkbot London this Thursday. Details and tickets here.

Live & OnLine 2013


We’re about to head to Frankfurt for a few days to participate in Live & OnLine 2013, an event organised as part of the Forsythe Company‘s Motion Bank project, which is researching and developing work in the area of digital choreographic scores. I’ll have some involvement in the “Community of Practice” sessions and possibly the Coding Lab. Looking forward to catching up with a lot of people in the dance/technology scene… There’s a good write-up on the dance-tech blog.

(Image: Amin Weber.)

Anarchy in the Organism: Live


We’re in the process of doing the final software tweaks and test runs for Simeon Nelson’s Anarchy in the Organism, which embarks on a sporadic but select tour next week. Musical score is by Rob Godman, played by the Goldfield Ensemble.

More information on the Wellcome Trust web site.




There’s a little over a week to catch the installation work Echo by Mark Boulos at FACT in Liverpool. The work combines neuroscientific research with a variety of video effects, including the Hitchcock-style contrazoom and the 19th century stage effect Pepper’s Ghost. We designed and implemented the media control software for the piece, working with the production company Forma.

Enhancing Choreographic Objects


In the Short Notice Department: we’re presenting at the EChO Seminar tomorrow at Sadler’s Wells, talking about the Choreographic Language Agent, and Becoming. Details here.

R.I.P. Otto Sander


Otto Sander, the actor who played the angel Cassiel in the Wim Wenders films Wings of Desire and Faraway, So Close!, died last week at the age of 72.

We (myself and Glyn Lloyd-Jones) adopted the name Cassiel early in 1990 as a project name for live performance at the UK Electronica festival. I had no idea I’d still be using it as a professional company/project name nearly a quarter of a century later.

Thinking with the Body


The Wayne McGregor | Random Dance exhibit Thinking with the Body opens at the Wellcome Collection this week. The selection of exhibits includes a running installation of Becoming.

Added, 2013-09-16: there’s a promotional video on YouTube:

TooMortal 2013


Shobana Jeyasingh‘s TooMortal is returning shortly (10th-12th October) as part of Dance Umbrella 2013.

We created the multispeaker surround soundtrack for the piece, using recordings of the Tenebrae Responsories by James MacMillan. (Technically, MacMillan’s work was licensed for remixing, although the compositional process involved building a bespoke Max for Live instrument and improvising control changes to manipulate, phase-shift and spatialise short loops of the original material.)

Tickets are available here. Many of the performances are already sold out.



We’ve been working with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and OpenEndedGroup on Becoming, an algorithmic “virtual dancer” that grows and evolves in response to emulated mechanical constraints and to a database of film material. The “dancer” is partially controlled by a responsive web-based front end built on Backbone.js, Hiccup, Clojure and ClojureScript. (The front-end code is available on GitHub.)

Becoming is currently being used in the studio in the making of Atomos, which premieres in October. Becoming will also be shown as part of the exhibit Thinking with the Body at the Wellcome Collection, opening September 19th.

Art Lab


We’re about to spend a week in Manchester, doing some teaching/presentation/mentoring duties for Art Lab, on behalf of CODE Creatives. I have a project proposal for the residency period, although that’s pretty much just an agenda of ideas for any downtime.