Sonic Ensemble | Royal Academy of Arts Performance

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of performing my piece 'Sonic Ensemble' within the galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington House, Piccadilly.

The piece was part of the RA's Late Night event programme "The Other Paradise", where there were other events including a tropical disco and mermaid life drawing.

The public also came dressed in some amazing and creative costumes, as pictured below:

Gave the Sonic Ensemble website a bit of an update too!

Penguin Drummer

This jolly fellow is just drumming along to the joys of life...
Quick little sketch, direct in Illustrator w/Wacom tablet.

Giraffe Print

Colour iterations of a little giraffe-themed print:

Hackoustic Presents

Had a wonderful time at IKLECTIK last night as part of Hackoustic's Hackoustic Presents

Big thanks to Tom Fox from Vulpestruments for inviting me to perform – I was also joined by some really great speakers and performers including Jenn Kirby (live performance using Max MSP and stringed controllers), Antosh Wojcik (performing 'drum poetry' about moving subjects such as his grandfather's dementia), and Gawain Hewitt (presenting the research behind the 'Kellycaster' project, a custom-made guitar for disabled musician John Kelly).  

We also had a tape-loop installation by Nick Murray, and DJ-ing by #BarrysLounge (Sydney Levinson)! 

All photos © Daryl Feehely 

Sonic Ensemble | White City Performance

I participated in a sonic performance event in White City this June as part of the "Making the Long Tail" event organised by Emily Candela & Matt Lewis at the Royal College of Art.

I built a new, much larger Doppler Machine, which allowed for even greater feedback control, creating a greater sense of rhythm than in the previous feedback performances. A video of the performance can be seen below:

Doppler Machine

 An updated version of the machine I created for the RCA Work In Progress show this January:

Inspired by the Leslie speaker, another sound modification device developed by Donald Leslie between the 1930s - 1960s, the Doppler machine is also capable of modulating sound and creating the Doppler effect as the disc with the speakers on, spins around. 

It was used as part of a performance with RCM musicians earlier this year, and I'll hopefully continue to develop it and work on further performances and collaborations (If you're a London-based musician, or someone with an interest in sound art, and would like to hear your instrument played through the disc, or to share thoughts, please get in touch!)

Sonic Experience

On Tuesday 28th, a group of us from the RCA and the RCM held a performance at the RCA showcasing some of our latest sound pieces. 

I put together some posters and flyers for the event, and me and Lara Poe performed two sound pieces with a new version of my Doppler machine.

In the first performance, we created a soundscape by using feedback, holding a microphone up to the speakers in the Doppler machine. Clarinetist Piotr Dec joined us for the second performance, using a score and Max MSP patcher prepared by Lara, creating a "call and response" effect between the two. 

IRCAM Presentations

The IRCAM 2017 forum workshops were held at the IRCAM Centre in Paris between March 15th - March 17th, and included lots of interesting talks (including one on their fascinating new software The Snail) and hands-on workshops.

I've been further developing the Sonifying Noise Pollution project I've been working on for the last couple of months, together with RCM composer Lara Poe, and we presented our work along with some other projects from RCA and RCM students in Studio 5 during Thursday and Friday afternoon.

The public were able to navigate our sonified map using either a mouse or the Leap Motion controller, and discover which UK cities suffer from the highest amounts of noise pollution from road traffic sources, with each city having a unique soundscape created by Lara based on a series of field recordings.

RCA Green Week 2017

I exhibited mine and Yilan Lu's piece "The Plastic Island" once again for RCA Green Week – A one-week exhibition highlighting issues around pollution and climate change.

RCA Work In Progress Show

For the RCA Work In Progress show, I exhibited a sound manipulation tool I've been working on during the past few weeks, which consists of a series of rotating speakers that produce the Doppler effect when they are set in motion.

The disc on display had two modes: One frequency mode, where you could set a frequency by adjusting the potentiometer knobs, and one mode where the public could plug in a mobile phone and listen to the frequencies of their own music being shifted as the disc spun around.