This past weekend I took part in the RS Components 24hr hackathon that was part of Music Tech Fest London 2014. For my hack I spent the time playing around with Thalmic Labs Myo gesture armband device and developed software for it that turned it into a MIDI controller. I then mapped it’s MIDI messages to a set of audio loops, instruments and effects within Ableton Live to demonstrate how the device could be used as a music performance tool. I’ve been on the Myo Alpha developer program since April this year and it was really good to finally dedicate some time to showing the devices potential as a music controller.

As with most of these hack events it ended with a short presentation/performance of what the hackers had got up to, and here’s mine. Can’t wait for the next hack event!

This weekend I shall be taking part in the RS Components hackathon at Music Tech Fest London 2014, and I’m humbled to say that they selected me as an Elite Hacker to battle it out Top Trump style! I’m really looking forward to this event.

This weekend I shall be taking part in the RS Components hackathon at Music Tech Fest London 2014, and I’m humbled to say that they selected me as an Elite Hacker to battle it out Top Trump style! I’m really looking forward to this event.

The Modulus 002 synthesiser has recently been getting some press and exposure in magazines - most notably Future Music and Sound on Sound. Great to see such important publications in the industry are liking what we’re doing at Modulus Music!

I haven’t posted anything here in a month a half mainly due to being so busy getting the Modulus 002 software up and running for all the early adopters and beta customers.

The response and interest since releasing details about the synthesiser has been incredible, and one of the most exciting things is hearing what people have been doing with it. Here’s an ambient/soundscape piece by Bristish electronic band From a Window, described by them as “A little improvisation done with our new Modulus 002. One pass, no overdubs, just a bit of delay. Very much a CS80-inspired sound, programmed by Richard Lacy and Sarah MacDonald.

Plenty other demos have been surfacing by other customers, which you can checkout by having a look at the feed on the Modulus Music Facebook page.

Yesterday, we at Modulus Music released the full details about our upcoming 12 voice polyphonic hybrid synthesiser - Modulus.002. In conjunction with a whole new website, we also released an introductory video that was filmed and produced by Sonic State.

The response has been incredibly positive, and it has been picking up exposure on the likes of Sound on Sound, Create Digital Music, Synthtopia, and Stuff among many others.

Looking forward to getting this out to the world!

Just got back from the NIME 2014 conference held at Goldsmiths University in London, UK, where I was presenting my second ever academic paper. As per usual it was an extremely inspiring event and the reception to the AlphaSphere was incredible. Can’t wait to head to Louisiana State University for NIME 2015!

Click here to see the paper I co-authored.

Here’s the first teaser of an exciting new hardware synthesiser I’ve been working on over the past few months with new startup Modulus Music.

Here’s the first teaser of an exciting new hardware synthesiser I’ve been working on over the past few months with new startup Modulus Music.

Another hacky Sunday evening - this time using vibration motors to sustain/resonate the strings on a guitar, controlled wirelessly using a MIDI controller. 

This was done using the following things - vibration motors, a Spark Core board, and a custom JUCE-built app that receives MIDI CC messages from the Korg nanokontrol MIDI controller and converts them to UDP messages that are sent over WiFi to the spark board.

My first Spark Core project - connecting my desk lamps over the internet to my Ableton Live project so that they flash in time to music. 

This was done, surprisingly easily, using the following things - a Spark Core board, a Spark relay shield hooked up to a power extension, and a custom JUCE-built app that receives MIDI Clock messages from Live and sends commands to the the Spark Core using the Spark Cloud API.

Last night we did an AlphaSphere Webinar with Scan, providing an in depth look at how you can use the AlphaSphere and it’s software.

Last month we released a new AlphaSphere video that brings together clips of the instrument being using in studios and on stages across the globe, featuring Enter Shikari, Materia, Resinate, and more.

Thanks, Amazon!

Thanks, Amazon!

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in MIDI HACK - a 24-hour music tech hackathon that took place at the Spotify HQ in Stockholm, Sweden. I spent the 24 hours prototyping a set of audio plugins that could talk to each other over Open Sound Control to improve the flexibility of MIDI mapping and parameter control within audio host application such as Logic Pro. Check out my presentation of this project above, or see the whole 3 hour presentation of all hacks here.

It was a really fun and successful weekend, and since coming back I have started developing the idea into something I hope to release in some form in the near future. Get in touch if interested!

Electronica mastermind Phaeleh approves…

Electronica mastermind Phaeleh approves…

I’m very happy to announce the release of my debut single under the electronica alias Fatework. It’s available to download now from Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, and is also on Spotify. Enjoy!