Thursday, 5 September 2019

Music Machine 4 at Fun Palaces Exeter Library

You can now book your place for one of three sessions to perform Music Machine 4 for multiplayer as part of Fun Palaces at Exeter Library on Sunday 6th October. Here's some more info:

Music Machine 4 is a playful, playable, multiplayer audio installation. Connect your device to the network, press the coloured buttons on your screen and listen to the music you create.

This event is one of a series of 3 evaluation sessions, we are trialling the piece and intend to make a larger work next year. So, if you want to be part of the process and help us to develop this please sign up! Each session will last for 20 minutes, there will be a brief explanation followed by a performance and then a chance to provide some feedback.

Music Machine 4 was originally a small, simple computer program that ran according to certain rules until it was stopped by the listener. For this interactive version a few changes have been made. It is designed for multiple players so each player will connect to the network and load the website. Once the piece has started coloured buttons will appear on individual player's screens (each screen will show different buttons at different times), the players press the buttons and one of the cells of music will play on their device. The cell and the volume of that cell will vary. Players may choose to play only certain coloured buttons or size buttons. The rate that buttons appear on the screen will increase during the first 3 minutes, at first there may be more silence than sound but, as the piece continues, the silences will become less and less and the cells will overlap and cross more frequently.

If you want to have a look at how this works then please follow this link:

part of Fun Palaces

Monday, 2 September 2019

Music Machine 4 for multiplayer at Fun Palaces Exeter Library

As part of the annual Fun Palaces event I will be running three sessions of Music Machine 4 for multiplayer in the Exeter Library foyer on Sunday 6th October. The session will be every 20 mins during that hour. I'd like people to sign up for a particular slot because I want to alter the numbers in each performance to test how the machine is working. Please get in touch if you're interested and want to be involved.

You can read more about how Music Machine 4 for multiplayer works at the British Music Collection website and even try it out for yourself beforehand. You will need a tablet, mobile phone or computer to play it.

More information will follow over the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Did we mishear Neil Armstrong?

Interesting article here about mishearing Neil Armstong and whether he actually said 'a man' when he said that famous sentence:

All ties in rather nicely with Music Machine 8 I think!

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

All ready for launch

Yesterday we put the installation into St Thomas library to get it ready for tonight's launch.

Also I was on the Rick Edward's show on Radio Devon yesterday:

click here to listen

Sunday, 14 July 2019

The Eagle has landed!

This weekend we have been working on the inner of the display case, Laura has finsished the moon's surface:

And I have completed the model of the Eagle:

Tomorrow we will be putting all together ready for Tuesday evening.

Also I will be on BBC Radio Devon tomorrow afternoon sometime between 3.30 and 4.30 talking about this project with Rick Edwards
More to follow tomorrow ...

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Music Machine 8 at St Thomas update

Today I spent most of the day at Kaleider with Laura Collins building the installation. It went really well and we are on target to be ready for Tuesday.

Here are some photos from today:

And some video of how it will look with flashing buttons:

Where's the Eagle?:

Neil and Buzz are ready:

All looking good for Tuesday evening:

Monday, 8 July 2019

Music Machine 8 at St Thomas Library update

A few weeks ago I posted about my kickstarter campaign to raise funds for an installation that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing:

I'm happy to say that the target has been reached and it's now under construction.

Here's a link to the latest update if you want to read about it:

I am working with Laura Collins who is doing the build of the casing at the moment, on Thursday we will be working in Kaleider to try and get it as complete as possible.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Music Machine 8 at St Thomas Library Exeter

I have just launched a kickstarter project to support the installation of a version of Music Machine 8 at St Thomas Library.

Music Machine 8 uses Neil Armstrong's famous speech from the surface of the moon "That's one small step for man one giant leap for mankind". The music machine takes each word of this sentence, along with both the pause that Armstrong left in the middle of the sentence and the beep sound that was a feature of the communications between the earth and the astronauts, and plays them in a random order.

As this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing I had the idea of adding something to those celebrations. This project will build a model of Apollo 11 and a representation of the moon's surface, similar to the type of display you would see in a museum:

There will be a small button on the outside of the case (again, similar to the type of displays you may see at the Science Museum) which will then play the Music Machine. I'm interested to see how long it takes before the speech is heard correctly!

For more information and to contribute to the project please follow this link:

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Music Machine 4 multiplayer @ Kaleider's Mikrofest

I'm pleased to announce that a version of Music Machine 4 will be part of Kaleider's mikrofest to celebrate the opening of their new home. This will take place on 15th and 16th of March.

Mikrofest is a free mini festival to launch Kaleider’s new home, Kaleider Studios, 45 Preston Street, Exeter.
On 15th and 16th we've invited our Residents and friends to put on some work in our new building and around Exeter to help us celebrate our new home.
Kaleider Studios will be open to the public from 2pm - 4:30pm on Friday 15th and 12 noon - 6pm on Saturday 16th. Times for all events are listed individually.

Here are the instructions for a performance of Music Machine 4:


get a group of people, each must have a mobile phone, tablet or computer
get all of them to load this page
make the best use of the space you are in; spread out around the room
when one person gives a signal all click on the start button below
the piece will start
you will see a series of different sized and coloured circles
click on the circle when you see it, you should hear some music from your device
continue to do so for as long as you wish
you can decide beforehand that you will only play a particular colour
the colours are bluegreenorangemagentacrimsonblackbrown
you could also decide to play only the small or large buttons
do not worry if you miss out some of the buttons

If you want to have a play with this type the following link into your browser: