This Saturday I will be doing my first ever performance under my new electronica moniker Fatework, performing at the first ‘AlphaSphere Sessions' night - an evening of live music and DJing all performed on the AlphaSphere, at the Goods Yard in Bristol. Free entry, so no excuse to not come along.
It’s been just over a week since I returned from Musikmesse 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. As per usual it was a really successful show for the AlphaSphere, generating a lot of interest and leads that will help push the product into the hands of more people.
Here’s an interview I did for German regional TV. I was mostly excited about having a voice over for the first time!
Scottish electro-pop band CHVRCHES test out the AlphaSphere - http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/07/electronic-instruments-tested-electro-pop-trio-chvrches
AlphaSphere was voted Best Instrument in the People’s Choice Award at the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition 2014. See here for more details.
Yesterday I helped co-run a workshop called What’s the Score - BFI Gothic Workshop with Tony Orrell, a drummer and percussionist who has worked with the likes of Goldfrapp and Portishead. The workshop involved bringing together a group of varied young musicians to collaborate on a musical score for a silent gothic film. Among the two AlphaSphere's that Adam and I brought along and the various drums and percussion that Tony brought, we had 3 guitarists, a harpist, and a sitarist attend the workshop. It was a really fun experiment with a great result, and hopefully more of this will happen in the near future.
Last month we went back to The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California to once again demonstrate the AlphaSphere to the musical instrument industry. We had a great response and met some really interesting people (for example, the guy in the checkered shirt in the above picture is the mastermind behind Logic Pro's incredible Sculpture instrument) and hopefully some really interesting things will come out of the show for us. And with Musikmesse just over two weeks away, we’re excited to get back out there and mingle with the industry some more.
nu desine, developers of the AlphaSphere, were named one of Bristol and Bath’s most exciting 16 leading tech startups.
Huffington Post Germany chose the AlphaSphere as one of the 12 best gadget designs and one of the 52 best overall gadgets of 2013…
The AlphaSphere is a listed device on the official MIDI website.
AlphaSphere in the official Grammy Award program booklet.
Fatework will hopefully be a regularly active musical project for me. Keep up to date with it on the usual social platforms:
nu desine are currently having a January sale on the AlphaSphere nexus. If you live in UK/Europe/Australia you can buy this new electronic musical instrument and MIDI controller with over 25% off until the 20th January only! Click here for more info or to buy.
In the second half of last year I was a technical reviewer for a new textbook covering the JUCE C++ software library. The publishers, Packt Publishing, are currently doing an eBook sale where all titles, including this book, are only $5/£3. So if you’re looking to learn about specific IT technologies and solutions head over to their website.
Everyone has exciting moments in their life that are along the lines of ‘If somebody told me 5 years ago that this would happen…’. Well, recently one happened for me - a comprehensive 5-page AlphaSphere review in Sound on Sound Magazine. See the review online here: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan14/articles/nu-desine-alphasphere.htm
A couple of weeks ago Verity McIntosh, studio producer at the Pervasive Media Studio where I work, spoke at the Wearable Futures conference in London; an event exploring the future of wearables, from smart materials to new technology. Whilst talking about various projects that go on at the studio and how we fit into the ‘connect world’ idea, she briefly mention the Hack the Quartet project I was involved in back in August where I turned a violin bow into a MIDI controller.
Jump to the 10:00 mark in the video to see my mention.