Saturday, 29 December 2012

Click to Glitch

back in March 2011 I wrote:
Perhaps some future image software will have a button to click to glitch (perhaps it already exists, let me know in the comments if it does), the sort of remediative emulation that once drove the design of Adobe After Effects filters that reproduce ‘realistic’ film scratches and the grain of legacy film stocks, or the Hipstamatic iPhone app which creates digital photographic images that look like seventies snapshots.

Monday, 29 October 2012


subsong 45:00, 2012

[download mp3]

subsong started life as an audio cassette tape found in Bermondsey on Tower Bridge Road. The tape contains music recorded from the radio and dates from, I would guess, the mid 1990s or thereabouts. The main section of the piece was captured with the tape playing on fast forward/cue. The digital audio was then incrementally slowed down to produce continuous sound with a duration of 45 minutes, the capacity of one side of a C90 cassette tape. This extreme processing transforms the base materiality of the analogue tape. The off-speaker microphone recording, the wow & flutter, the tape noise, and the songs of daytime radio, become auratic affect as a continuous slowly changing ambient drone piece, a distant chorus of ghostly voices and sustained (dis)chords in an uneasy false stasis.

A 30 minute version of subsong was made for the 128kbps objects project by presented from 22 – 28 October 2012 at

Friday, 26 October 2012

subsong on 128kbps objects

Curated by 128kbps objects is a week-long internet radio exhibition which explores ideas of objects in transformation across a variety of artistic practices, mediums and sites. On line from 22 — 28 October 2012 at My 30 minute sound piece subsong will play on Saturday 27 October at 3pm.  More information here.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Storm Bugs live

The second Storm Bugs live performance this year, and therefore the second since the late '70s/early '80s, took place at Abject Bloc, Limehouse Town Hall this past Saturday 7 July. Here is the first half of the set.
a slice of live by Storm Bugs

Friday, 22 June 2012

Arbitrary Object

Compiles abstracted improvised experimental objects, indifferent distracted viewing objects creating a viewer. Made from television images, analogue vision mixer effects, primitive circuit bending and hacking - inputs through outputs feedback loops and so on - from a single improvised session's visual source material. Forms and techniques used are limited, sound is sequenced and manipulated samples.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Winter Soup sound

Winter Soup was made to accompany two-projector 16mm film work Autumn Fog by Lynn Loo, performed at Unconscious Archive 4 at Apiary Studios, Hackney, London yesterday evening. This particular performance was actually recorded today as the live performance was not recorded.

I first performed an accompaniment for Autumn Fog last year at Seeing in the Dark in Newcastle. In Autumn Fog Lynn explores the colours of leaves in her back garden, superimposing positive and negative 16mm film in live projection. For the performances I recorded sounds in my own backyard and read a text relating observations of events in the backyard and its proximity. The text was layered live using a looping record unit. For each performance I made a new recording and text in order to make the work as temporally close as possible to the everyday specificity at the time of the performance.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Winter Soup text

it's winter

low sun

it's cold in the backyard
trains passing
the weekend's snow
turning to slush
almost disappearing
the autumn leaves
shrivelled on the ground


a cat came over the fence
across the railway tracks
down the bank
is this the same cat I saw in the allotment

through the long grass

a couple of days ago
and other wildlife
the foxes
the magpies in the trees
and those birds that sing at night

do the foxes get into the backyard
I've yet to see one


the train
the East London line
one way to Dalston Junction

the main line
to London Bridge

and the other
New Cross Station
the trains slow
as they pull in to New Cross station

the faster
on the far side track

and then the lines
to London Bridge
from Kent
and beyond


I'm making a soup
from the left over vegetables
frying up some onions
some garlic

some slushy snow on top of the ivy on the fence

slices of time here
the soup of the weekend weather
layers of recordings
ingredients thrown into the soup
layers of time

different meals
cooked at different times
slices of onion
slices of parsnip
in a soup
soup is a mashup
a few day's meals
a few day's culinary observations
literally mashed up
all cooked in the same place
the whole becomes
a mixture of slices through time


the sound of frying

the fog of the weekend's cooking
Saturday's curry
Friday's vegetables
slicing metaphors
in goes the garlic
some water


I thought I would become a train
or a cat
or a fox

let it simmer

the cat as it comes across the tracks
down the bank
into the backyard

the fox as it snuffles around
scraps of food


the train
as it enters the station
on the last leg
from Canada water
through Surrey Quays
into New Cross
where it rests
for ten minutes
or so

it returns
back on its journey to
Dalston Junction
relieved of pressure
and friction
that caused the wheels to spark
on the icy rails
on Saturday night
illuminating the entire room
illuminating the backyard
split second


sweet potato


for Autumn Fog, with Lynn Loo,
7 February 2012