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Oh dear.. 2015 hasn’t been a very good year for my website, has it? I’ve been meaning to give it a major overhaul, but never quite had the time. Hopefully in 2016!

In the meantime I’ve been keeping myself reasonably busy – danceroom Spectroscopy at Z-Space, San Francisco and at Stanford University in March, the Understanding Visual Music conference in Brasilia in June and the continued proliferation of my modular synthesiser, now an 8-channel digital/analogue hybrid that produces visuals as well as sound (much more on this in the New Year).

The biggest upcoming news is the next iteration of Seeing Sound – the international event I run at Bath Spa for all things audiovisual, which will take place on the 9th/10th April. Check it out!

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mountain2I’ve been ridiculously busy over the end of January and beginning of February, with three premieres over three successive weekends.

The first two were contemporary dance collaborations – on January 31st it was Unfold to Centre with the Yorke Dance Project, part of their new triple-bill with Robert Cohan, Figure Ground. Then I went over to Den Haag to finish off the highly interactive sensor-based Wild Places: Mountain with Roosna and Flak for the Cadance festival, opening on 6th Feb (Külli Roosna, pictured).

And I’ve just got back from Seia, Portugal, and the Dias De Música Electroacústica, where I curated a programme of videomusuc for the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, including my brand new danceroom-Spectroscopy-bending work Cloud Chamber. Phew!

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vectrexPerhaps inevitably, my recent interest in all things analogue has extended into some tentative forays into analogue video synthesis.

My Christmas present was a Gieskes 3TrinsRGB+1C kit, and I whiled a way some of the Christmas holidays building the thing (rather beyond my skill level – I’m amazed it actually works!). My new favourite thing is an 80s MB Vectrex games console which I’ve hacked into an analogue video monitor (thanks to Andrew Duff for help on this). Makes beautiful organic patterns like this and this. (also pictured). In January I made some visualisations for the upcoming album release by Vessels, which will be released soon. I’m also planning to make an all-analogue visual music piece with it.

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I’m in Bangalore, India at the moment for the FACETS choreographic forum.  This is a fantastic international meeting point for 16 young choreographers who are supported by an equal number of mentors.  Each of the choreographers is working for two months in Bangalore to present a new work in the Attakkalari India Biennial 2013 at the beginning of February, several of them with music by (or partly by) yours truly.

The choreographers and mentors are an amazing, and amazingly international bunch. The top image shows the mentors (from left to right):  me, Janet Lilly (US), Thomas Dotzler (Sweden), Nicole Seiler (Switzerland), Gideon Obarzanek (Australia), Meryl Tankard (Australia), Ryoya Fudetani (Japan), Horst Muhlberger (Germany), Jayachandran Palazhy (India), Margie Medlin (Australia). Not in picture: Lars Erik H. Bratlie (Norway), Ong Ken Sen (Singapore), Helena Waldmann (Germany), Sankar Ventateswaran (India), Jatin Vidyarthi (India).

In the bottom image are the choreographers.  From left to right: Deepak Kurki Shivaswarmy (India), Santhosh VS (India), Airi Suzuki (Japan), Paula Rechtman (Mexico), Yola Yulfianti, Isak Immanuel (US), Jade Dewi Tungal Tyas (Australia/Java), Inbal Oshmam (Israel), Aguibou Bougobali (Burkina Faso), Yeon-Woo Na (South Korea), Anoushka Kurien (India). Not in picture: Kristina Soetorp (Norway), Leandro Kees (Germany), Rianto (Indonesia), Surjit Nongmeikapam, Choi Ka Fai (Singapore).

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fischbookIt’s been a brilliant year for pioneering abstract film-maker Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967), with major exhibitions of his work across Europe and the US.  I’m delighted because I think he’s a wonderful and somewhat neglected artist (although that seems to be changing very quickly).  I’m also happy for more selfish reasons – I’ve been researching his work for the last two years, so this all seems very timely.  I’d like to particularly recommend two ongoing exhibitions – the AMAZING multiscreen piece Raumlichtkunst (from 1926!) at Tate Modern and the Oskar Fischinger retrospective at the very shiny new EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam. The former is on until May 2013, the latter until March. Accompanying the EYE exhibition is this rather beautiful and very useful book, with two essays of mine in, which I’m very excited about.  It’s currently only available direct from EYE or to CVM members, but will be distributed by Thames and Hudson early in the New Year.

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dsimg3This is rather belated, but here’s some more information on me and my shadow and danceroom Spectroscopy, both of which are very much ‘ongoing’.

me and my shadow was presented at the fantastic Robots and Avatars – UK Selection exhibition that body > data > space presented at the Star Gallery, Europe House, London in September, and will also feature as part of their presence at the AHRC’s Digital Transformations Moot on the 19th November.

danceroom Spectroscopy will also feature in the AHRC event, and this weekend (3rd and 4th November) is making a special appearance at the Barbican as part of their Weekender festival – come along!

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