Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Music Machine Installation

Tonight was supposed to have been the preview evening for the Music Machine Exhibition. The main feature was to have been an 8 player installation that used novation launchpads, all this equipment is now in various places being kept safe until I can use them as planned.

Whilst we are all indoors there are some Music Machines you can try. Music Machine 4 is available in a slightly different format here:

or Music Machine 4 for string quartet:

If there are a few of you in your household you can play along with this, or join up on Zoom or other video conferencing site and play along with your friends.

Similarly you could try Music Machine 41:

Music Machine 34 (scored for melodica, casio digital horn and viola) but could be played by pretty music any instruments - the casio part must be able to play chords though:

or Music Machine 1:

If you don't want to play something you can try Music Machine 8:

a piece that plays with the idea that we may have misheard Neil Armstrong on the moon.

If you enjoy any of these then there is a page where you can make a small donation:


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Music Machine live stream

Today I have set up a live stream using the locusonus map

If you zoom in on Exeter you will find Music Machines.

Today is Music Machine 1 and I will play a different one each day for the next few weeks.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Unfortunately the Music Machine Exhibition has been postponed. It will not be taking place on Saturday 28th March as planned. I hope that it can be rescheduled for a time later in the year and I will be doing my best to make that happen.

Here are some pictures of the wood that has been cut and the stands being assembled:

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Work in progress

Things are progressing well for the exhibition at the end of this month.

Here are some pictures of the launchpads on their plinths (or the design for the plinths):





The prototype is made from mdf but I think we are going to use ply for the final versions, a speaker will also be placed in the front of the unit. There will be 8 of these arranged in an arc around a central controller.

Tickets for the exhibition can be found on eventbrite, these are free and, while it's not essential to book, it will help us to gauge the numbers we can expect so please do book a ticket:


Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Music Machine 4 for multiplayer

I'm currently working on a multi-player installation that will be in Exeter at the end of March. The piece will be for 8 players, each will have a novation launchpad in front of them. The buttons will light up and, when pressed, will play a cell of music. Today I have connected four of the launchpads up and tested them - this is how it looks at the start:

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Simon Belshaw & David Sawyer present an exhibition of playable, generative, interactive music and sound works.

28th March
10.00 - 16.00
free admission
AWEsome Art Space
27 Paris Street
Featuring Simon Belshaw’s Music Machine 4, a playful, playable, hands on, multi-player audio installation for 8 people. No musical experience required.
Suitable for all ages. 

And David Sawyer’s Lamelladrones and Sanzachord. Post industrial sounds alongside conventional harmonies contrast electromagnetic energy with hands on experience.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Music Machine 4 for multiplayer 2nd trial session

Tomorrow I will be at Kaleider for the second trial session of Music Machine 4 for multiplayer.

Things have developed quite a lot since the last session at Exeter Library. There we used only the web based version. This time we will be using raspberry pis with a single button, one connected to a wii controller and one connected to a novarion launchpad. There will also be mock ups of the final versions that we are going to create.

I have made a number of changes to the way that the music works in the piece as well, limiting the selection of cells in certain sections and altering how quickly a new cell is played.

The session runs from 3.30 - 4.30 and is free you can book a place on eventbrite or just turn up.