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.