Two self-contained interactive audio systems, designed to last outdoors and survive being repeatedly poked at by members of the public. Battery powered, waterproof (including speakers) and with a large amount of programmable options, these units still had a quick turnaround.
The sound files included were of Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer. Get in touch if you need a robust custom audio system fabricated.
On December 31st the BBC broadcast Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny, which featured one of the pyramid synths being played by Richard Russell, with Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, and Jools' Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. You can watch the footage here
Finally visited The Horrors' studio today for the Pyramid Synth handover. This project was completed earlier this year, but has been top secret until today - quite fittingly All Hallows' Evening. Two custom synthesisers: another collaboration with Pete Fowler, commissioned by XL Recordings, more details here!
Just finished making a giant glowing bunny for Duracell...
A small selection of recent projects at the fabulous workshop of Machine Shop special effects have included an enormous flamethrower, pneumatic seesaw, and the execution of a schoolboy: click here
Two drink-dispensing musical machines for Southern Comfort.
These were part of the Southern Comfort Juke-Joint festival tour, which went on to win "Best Brand Activation" at the UK2012 Festival Awards.
Wonderful new video of the Badgermin, featuring theremin virtuoso with grand piano accompaniment!
Steam engine restoration
New lathe attachment!
A theremin built into a taxidermy badger - The Badgermin.
Photos and video here
Sets for TV built this year.
MIDI-controlled pneumatic drumming machine prototype - photos and video
Stones made out of expanding rubber foam - photos here
At long last a few photos of Kinetica 2011
"Kinetica Art Fair is produced by Kinetica Museum and is the first of its kind in the UK. It provides collectors, curators and the public with a unique opportunity to view and purchase artworks from leading contemporary arts organisations and artists specialising in kinetic, electronic, robotic, light, sound, time-based and interdisciplinary new media art."
Collaboration with Pete Fowler - electronic Van Orlax
Interesting conference 2011
IF ANYONE HAS AUDIO / VIDEO / PHOTOS OF THE HACK CIRCUS / INTERESTING CONFERENCE 2011 NINE OWLS IN A BAGUETTE PERFORMANCE PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!
Apologies for the capital letters. Email address is dave (at) this website.
Calculator Orrery - a mechanical model of the universe represented by rotating vintage calculators.
Photos of storm
9 Owls in a Baguette gig last night:
Photos of Brian the Penguin from the Ether Festival, Royal Festival Hall, April 2010
Also of the musical performance that we did.
Just finished a monster helpline sound installation for the Ministry of Stories.
You can play with it at Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, 159 Hoxton Street, London, every Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm
Resonance 104.4 FM programme Un Bruit / Une Melodie: Anne Duffau and Patrick Furness present a show about Sound Art focused on Performances and Installations, with a different guest every week.
This week's guest, David Cranmer.
Radio controlled audio car installation photos from earlier this year
Penguin video, and some old photos from work on Antony Gormley's Blind Light installation
Lots of new stuff coming up, involving some bananas and a lot of owls...
Bicycle powered synthesiser - the Velotone
Penguin on display at the Southbank Centre (Clore Ballroom) from Sunday 18th to Wednesday 28th April.
There will be a special performance around midday on the 24th, involving lots of interesting equipment - hope you can make it!
New project - Marvin the Robotic Penguin
A rare chance to see Nine Owls in a Baguette this Friday 22nd January at Corsica Studios.
There will be strange costumes and even stranger sounds, with home-made electronic instruments and owl masks.
Ralph the Robot
Visit to Jean Tinguely exhibition
I have just made a remix for my good friend DJ Urine, who makes fantastic music by gluing together sections of different records and playing them on up to six turntables simultaneously.
The album also has a remix by DJ Scotch Egg and other interesting people, and is available to buy on vinyl here.
Ralph the Robot (prototype preview)
Sonic Explorations workshop - children playing the musical stepladders
Casio SK-5 with CGS/Steiner Synthacon filter
Daphne Oram's Oramics machine
Another modified Roland TR-505 drum machine
Nine Owls in a Baguette perform 'A Recipe for Disaster', an opera in roughly four parts, live at Cafe Oto, Dalston.
Joe Henson's Tweed Runner machine completed today - construction details and video here
Thorpe Park ride and scenery restoration - painting Happy Halibuts in the snow.
NewSound audio newspapers - collaboration with the London Sinfonietta
Finally managed to start making a modular synthesiser - hooray!
You can buy PCBs to make your own from www.musicfromouterspace.com
The power supply is from www.synthesizers.com
A really big train!
A rather excellent band called Mucky Sailor have asked me to make a musical ship's wheel for them - click here.
Huge mechanical LED sculpture constructed at the workshop of 2D3D Ltd.
Just received an exciting new commission from Joe Henson (www.joe.hensonmusic.com):
"I am looking for: Sweeps Bleeps and Beats, and maybe voices... Anything that could be in the film Brazil... I want to live in the land of Blade Runner but in Britain.... in tweed."
And so the Tweed Runner project was born. This page will be updated as the project progresses.
Three performances in one week from Naked With Horses side project Nine Owls in a Baguette - click here!
Finished the speaker brackets for Kaffe's Marvelo bikes - click here.
Future Music have just published a rather nice article about some of the stuff I've made. Click here to read.
Just started some work for sound artist Kaffe Matthews - brackets to attach speakers to six bicycles. Check out The Culture Show on BBC2, June 17th.
Four new Furby Gurdies! Sound files and more details on the way...
Some characters for a gig at The Others, Stoke Newington, London. L-R: 'Monsieur Hibou', 'Dr. Sandfax' and 'Rod Hull 3000'. Dr. Sandfax is named after a fax machine made on a beach near La Rochelle.