Zewp! : The Major and Minor Arcana (2010 – 2011)

Part cosmic drone machine! Part divination ritual! Part flea circus!

Zewp! was an iPhone exercise. A swarm-based music program inspired by (and in opposition to) Gbloink!

Whereas Gbloink! is about bouncing, Zewp! is about swerving. Gbloink! favours percussive, staccato sounds. Zewp! has continuous drones. Gbloink!’s play area is innocent, a field of colourful and abstract blocks; Zewp!’s stark black and white, and meaning-laden with esoteric symbols.

Nevertheless, the two share the basic premise : a swarm creates music in a space which is continuously adjusted and reconfigured by the user. It is the interaction of the swarm and the space which gives rise to the specifics of the music.

HyperRecorder (2011)

This is a prototype Arduino based virtual recorder made using light-dependent resistors to detect finger positions. It feeds into a simple Processing sketch that interprets the fingering as a note and plays it. Very unstable response to changes in light. That’s why you see me moving the recorder around the whole time, to try to keep it in the position that it was calibrated in.

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Sublime Loop (2011)

Twenty years ago, I stumbled across a little 4 bar riff that I really liked. On old tapes from the late 80s onwards I found various attempts to make it into a viable piece of music, but never felt I did justice to it. So I decided to make the project public. To create a site dedicated to those attempts and to encourage others to try to work with it.

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La Mer (2004)

Music for the Beton Companhia de Dança, Brasilia. Performed at the National Theatre, Brasilia. Based on the Debussy piece of the same name.

In many ways I enjoy the sketches and experiments that I produced while working on this score more than the final pieces used. Here are a few of them.