Category Performance

Cassiel + Nina Kov, ICT & Art Connect


In the Short Notice Department (again): I have a gig with choreographer / dancer Nina Kov at ICT & Art Connect this weekend. This is a short but completely new piece, and the paint is still a little wet on the software and control system. We’re using the usual technology mix: the animation system is built in Clojure and Field, and driven from Ableton Live via Max for Live. The live soundtrack is pretty much exclusively constructed from instruments and effects by Audio Damage. For music technology geeks, there will also be a rather rare piece of controller hardware on display.

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.


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.

Hack the Barbican


In the Short Notice Department: we’re playing a short set at the Hack the Barbican event this Thursday. Gemma Riggs is doing visuals.

Saat at Code Control

Saat is a monome arc-based performance piece that I wheeled out a few months ago for London Music Hackspace. I’m going to revisit the set for one of the performance slots at Code Control.

12/12/12: Senses Places


Today’s iconic date marks performances of Senses Places in Second Life. We were responsible for transforming the feed from from the (physical) dancers’ wearable sensors into an interactive granular soundtrack, with network code written in Clojure driving a sound engine in MaxMSP.

Second Life location: Koru.

Kora, Boudhanath, Kathmandu


We’re just back from a week in Kathmandu, working with Gaynor O’Flynn as part of beinghuman on a pair of performances for the Kathmandu International Art Festival: a collaboration with local artists for a piece at the Patan Museum, and the multimedia installation work Kora at Boudhanath, featuring nuns from Nagi Gompa.

Technology alphabet soup: audio from the nuns was routed into Ableton Live and Max for Live, tracked and converted into a stream of Open Sound Control messages, and routed into Field with custom Clojure code for projection.

(The backup plan was to project with an off-the-shelf laser display, but the only interface of any use at short notice was DMX, which really only provided recall and simple transformations of built-in clip art.)

This is the second time in two weeks that we’ve had the opportunity to project onto world-famous iconic man-made structures.

Monome Action at Music Tech Fest

This video from a gig we played back in May at Music Tech Fest has just made its way online. As far as I know, the audio was lifted from the PA which, being d&b audiotechnik, sounded superb.

Instruments: monome running Straker sequencer (Python over Shado), arc running some Clojure over Shado.

TooMortal Reviews


A quick roundup of press coverage of TooMortal: