Category Projects

Monome and Wall of Sound Gig at the Science Museum


In the very-short-notice department, we’ve been asked to do some kind of live performance/installation for the upcoming Science Museum Late event on September 28th, using the 77-speaker Lottolab Soundwall as the sound system.

Faced with a complete lack of existing material which can be pressed into service in this kind of environment, and also faced with a very tight deadline, the only solution is to quickly assemble a set of tools which can be used to generate and modify musical material quickly and fluidly. This is a good excuse to dust off some sequencing tools which were aired briefly for the Post Me performance project in Prague, plus the Max for Live sample shard processor which has been pressed into service for a few gigs (and which features in a video here). Visual impact is going to be a factor for this gig, so we’re going for this look:


The Straker sequencer already has some bling on the monome 128, but we need to get something up and spinning on the arc 4 in quick order.

(Geek note: in this photo the monome 128 is running Straker, written in Java, with sequencer tracks implemented in Python, while the arc 4 is running an animation demo written in Clojure. Both use the shado rendering library.)

Oh: the Soundwall is apparently OSC-controllable. We may or may not have time to throw some code at that.

Digital Futures in Dance Residency


We’ve been awarded an artist’s residency at DanceDigital as part of the Digital Futures in Dance National Conference this September. Our mission is to bring the Choreographic Language Agent forward from its current workshopping phase into a state where Wayne McGregor can make use of it in the creation of his new work which premieres at Sadler’s Wells in December. We present the outcomes of the residency on September 9th.

There’s more information about the residency (and the other artists based at South East Dance and Dance South West) here.

(Photo: Jonah Bokaer.)

Plenum: European Tour 2011


We are about to depart to Poland to install the computer platforms for Plenum, showing in Toruń from August 9th. This work by Simeon Nelson is part of the Lux Scientica festival series; the piece moves on to Estonia in September and Durham in November.


  • 9-13 August, Skyway ’11, Toruń, Poland
  • 22-25 September, Valgus Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
  • 17-20 November, Lumiere, Durham

Moving and Making


We recently participated in a workshop organised by the R-Research arm of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, teaching the Choreographic Language Agent software to the company. We are now back in software maintenance mode, applying some fixes and enhancements suggested by sessions with the company dancers. Our next period of residence with the company is at Dartington College at the end of August.