Announcing our R&D project

iuWe are pleased to announce our 6 month R&D project to develop our Noise Machines. Funded by Innovate UK we will be working in collaboration with Brighter Sound and a whole host of electronic musicians and interdisciplinary artists to road test and develop the modules. These machines are synthesizer units such as drones, delays and sequencers that include light theremin circuitry. Our study question is …

“How can light-noise synthesizers expand the creative possibilities of using light and gesture in performance and music making”

stacked-noise-machine-image-brighter-soundFor the first stage we will be looking at the sonic features of the machines; we are putting together a crack team of Manchester musicians to road test the modules with focus groups happening in Oct/Nov at Brighter Sound. Phase two will be testing out the light and gesture parameters with VJs, dancers, coders, film and light artists. Throughout the study we are undertaking industry research, expanding our networks and visiting trade fairs. We will also be going to STEIM in Amsterdam for a research stage in the development about creative interfaces and we will work towards a final demonstration at Texture in Manchester.


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#Creative50 Manchester International Festival


MIF have a new Director for their 2017 edition. John McGrath has notably changed and widened the engagement and artistic collaboration opportunities for artists in this year’s programme. Part of this has been the launch of #Creative50, a digital talent development programme funded by ACE, where they recruited 50 emerging artists from the region keen to learn new skills, gain a small bursary and create digital/artistic responses to themes of the festival. Continue reading “#Creative50 Manchester International Festival”

Manchester Enterprise City Talk

We were invited to speak as the headliners on the Innovation Stage for the launch of Manchester Enterprise City, led by St Johns, Allied London at Old Granada Studios. in the talk we spoke about working across the arts and tech sector and the journey we had been on from artistic concept through to the experience of an creative accelerator and undertaking an Innovate UK research project.  Dan Valentine performed the piece he had created for our live demo on the stage.

Here is some info about the Enterprise City initiative:

KWP_0347The Enterprise City UK Launch at St. John’s will bring together some of the most creative, innovative and disruptive makers, thinkers and entrepreneurs together for a one day festival launch. The Festival will act as a precursor to Enterprise City, which will support these types of  businesses from start-up to grown-up across a family of 5 buildings at the new St. John’s Development.

Here’s the Manchester Evening News article about the launch event:

First Pictures from Live Demo

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One Education: Electronic Music in the National Curriculum event

Taking place at John Rylands Library (part of University of Manchester) and where the Delia Derbyshire archive is housed; this event brought together teachers, Music Hub managers, Music Education organisations, pupils and Arts Council England to discuss the state of electronic music education on the English National Curriculum

National Plan for Music Eduation, findings… Continue reading “One Education: Electronic Music in the National Curriculum event”

Art & Science Critical Forum: Castlefield Gallery

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Zeroes and Ones: Music Event with BIPC

C6fwGkWWgAA_ZYZLed by the BIPC (Business and Intellectual Property Centre); this event focused on discussions around “Making and sharing music is easier than ever thanks to digital technology. But can you make money?” With a panel of music technology experts, including Sammy Andrews, digital consultant and previously Head of Digital at 19 Entertainment and the Cooking Vinyl Group. Simon Lyon, Producer & Trainer from Berlin-based music software company Ableton.


Royal Northern College of Music: Talk


Thanks to Callum who invited us to do a talk about our work and demonstrate the machines with the contemporary music society students back in January. The Q&A was particularly interested as we discussed potential methods of improvisation with the machines and live instrumentation. The group were interested in how the sounds were produced through oscillators and digital logic chips.

Artful Innovation programme at Pervasive Media Studios

We were successful in our application to be one of five selected new arts and tech start up companies for the first ever ‘Artful Innovation’ programme at Pervasive Media Studios, Watershed in Bristol. This week long course was an intensive business development course that looked at your value proposition, defining your target market and create a narrative/story for your business case, interrogate your values and explore your potential business model. The format was a series of seminars led by Stephen Gatfield with industry experts from branding, intellectual property, arts/tech funding and numerous guest speakers and case studies from PMS alumni. The programme culminated in a practice live pitching session in front of investors to gain feedback on our propositions. Continue reading “Artful Innovation programme at Pervasive Media Studios”

Interdisciplinary artist rehearsals for Live Demo


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