Soundwalking around with my iPad and now a goPro camera. From a series of studies that asks the questions - is it possible to make electronic music outside the the confines of the studio? Is it possible to make electronic music while moving, using a single held-held device?

Section of the 72 channel soundsystem for Pierre Henry concerts at Carreau du Temple.

Section of the 72 channel soundsystem for Pierre Henry concerts at Carreau du Temple.

Improvisation session at the basement rehearsal studios, electric guitar, iPad and alto sax.

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Discrete Machines at Bradford Festival 14/06/14 

Guerilla iPad improvisation…

Sound study: the mobile instrument pt. 2

Continuing the series of sound studies while moving. Again, recorded while cycling across the marais but working with Android apps this time. A very different playing experience - the smaller screen means less control using touch and more use of sensors like the accelerometer - and a very different soundscape. Pr’aps you can hear the sound of Pure Data?

Apps used were several of the SmartFaust series developed by GRAME; sfGrain, sfCapture & sfHell, and RoadMusic by Pete Sinclair; Chaosmos & Inside Zeno’s Arrow.

Ile-de-Ré 2014

Sound study: the mobile instrument

Music improvisation while moving through space.

Riding a bike across the marais on the Ile-de-Ré, playing an iPad using its inbuilt mic to capture and filter the passing environment, the sounds of wind, the bike, road surface and the wildlife.

Not very sophisticated - the bike’s got no gears, everything’s stuffed into a basket, and filming with a phone strapped to the front - but it’s an immersive experience, a sense of playing a mobile instrument.

This is in response to Jean-Marie Delaville’s “Une demi-heure”, an installation with photos and a vinyl recording of a bicycle ride in the countryside.

Ile-de-Ré 2014

MUST1008: creating with technology. Examples of mobile music from music, technology and performance (MTP) students at De Montfort University, Leicester. 27-28/03/14

Working with fiddlewax #app for the first time, just as the eurostar loses power outside Lille: someone’s stolen the copper from the train lines again.

#mobilemusic #dystopia

Excerpt from sound studies on the metro.


Making mobile music at the Porte St Denis. All the sounds come from street noise and passers-by, manipulated and recorded in real-time using an iPad running audiobus, samvada, turnado and TW Recorder apps.


”… the air, rail and motorway routes, the mobile cabins called ‘means of transport’ (aircraft, trains and road vehicles), the airports and railway stations, hotel chains, leisure parks, large retail outlets.”

Marc Augé ‘Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity’, trans. John Howe, London: Verso, 1995.

The Carry Principle was a series of site specific performances for the Locus Sonus symposium ‘Audio Mobility’

Recorded at the crossing of Cours Sextius and Ave Napoleon Bonaparte, Aix en Provence between 17-18/04/14.

The performances are my attempts to transform the immediate environment into material for making music, using only an iPad. Instead of being isolated from the natural sound space with headphones, I tried to interact with people and their surroundings - audiences and passers-by were encouraged to listen, participate, or simply ignore the proceedings.

Recorded during rehearsal of a piece ‘Kiss’ by Richard Orton, devised by John Richards as a celebration of pioneers of British electronic music. Transcribed and conducted by Wei Wei Jing with the #DirtyElectronics ensemble on clickers (a Hugh Davies found instrument) and kissing, Jim Frize on cassette-tape delay and spring reverb, and me on iPad (using #samplr and #robovox) processed thru a cardboard box ring modulator.