Adam Walton/BBC Radio Wales: Science Cafe

I will be making a short pre-recorded appearance on BBC Radio Wales tonight at 6pm as part of Adam Walton’s show “Science Cafe”. I am talking briefly towards the end on analogue synthesizers in the contemporary digital world and a little on my compositional approach involving Chaos Theory.

The show is also featuring some discussion on the Ambisonic sound system at USW City Campus from Tim Land and its creator Simon Edmonds. Matthew Jackson is also making an appearance talking about a fully featured digital synthesizer he has been designing as a commercial product, building upon open-source technologies.

New/Old Modular Case Total Organ Transplant

I recently won a second hand case in a online competition hosted by Muffwiggler forum. The case was previously owned by forum member Strettara, he posted it to me from Italy. Oddly enough, he used to live in Newport where I live now and the case was exactly what I needed, portable and exactly the same slightly odd size as my previous case.

Yesterday I got to work making some minor structural improvements and transplanting the sketchy linear power supply over from my old modular setup – it was a tight fit but fit it did! Not without the usual blood, sweat and tears hands on DIY usually bears for me of course. Here are some pictures of the ordeal, the patient has made a remarkable recovery from the surgery, some would say miraculous!: (left click to enlarge)

And of course a short video:

Seasons Greetings!

Merry Wintermas and Happy New Year!

As my recent post rate probably shows, I have had a busy time recently with work. Somehow though, I have managed to keep projects going in my spare time. First of all, let me announce that I have for the first time ever… made a little thing, an album perhaps? Wow there I said it!!

Please follow the link to listen to “Prototype” on Bandcamp

If you like what you hear, please consider buying and downloading the album in a lossless format, but it is available for free as well.

I have been working closely with artist/musician Ian Watson as of late and we have two projects on the go that are to do with building new instruments – these are going to surface in 2015. I haven’t got a lot I can reveal right now but I can say that I am very excited about both projects, and one of them involves a collaboration with a very special instrument maker from overseas! I have had a good time in 2014 and look forward to a bright and exciting time to come next year!

Safe travels!


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Injury patching

Yesterday I finished a new case for my modular system which means I have space again to upgrade it. I have really wrecked my back and my hands are covered in cuts and blisters, but it is worth it!! I managed to trade some bits for a Polish XOAC Systems Tirana sequencer, which is featured in the video below, and also and Expert Sleepers ES-4 module which will allow me to connect my laptop via SP/DIF to the system. I had a play before breakfast this morning: