I do 3 things:
- Laptop-free live show design, feat. synchronised lights, advanced MIDI automation, sound design/replication & robust rig design.
- Songwriting, production & artistic direction
- Player & performer: Voice, Guitar & Synthesiser
Nottingham Rock City. Photo: Sam Nahirny
Everything you normally do with Ableton Live I can help you achieve without a laptop on stage.
And because it runs on dedicated, customisable hardware, it's actually better than using a laptop.
Using Pure Data (an open source version of Max), I've built a complex and slick system with the following benefits:
- Highly robust & reliable
- Compact (little to no crew required where budgets are tight)
- Totally customisable (we can do anything!)
- Immediate - quick access to start/stop songs & other functions (e.g. momentary button to turn all lights on full and blind everyone)
- Click & cues to players' ears (different for each performer if necessary)
- Doesn't give off the backing track vibe like a laptop
Projects, Clients & History
- Dyson - Sound Design (Ongoing)
- Poisonous Birds (2016 - Present)
Personal project. All of the above.
- ZAND (2017 - Present)
Co-writing, production, live show design, live electronics, sound design
- Dyson Music Machines - (2017 - 2018)
Project lead: selection of classical composer, working with Toby Purser & the Orion Orchestra. Design of 'Motor Synth' (Pure Data, working with Dyson Engineers).
- Mowbeck (2016 - 2017)
Session guitars, live show design
- Diago Ltd - (2011 - 2012)
Musical Instrument Designer
- Chronographs (2010 - 2014)
Co-writing, production, guitars, early click track design
- Loughborough University Recording Studio (2009 - 2011)
- Awful local metal bands (2007-2010)
Nottingham Rock City w/ Mowbeck (Laptop-free)
Dyson Music Machines - TED-style talk at Malmesbury Headquarters
Arctangent Festival 2017 - Poisonous Birds (Laptop - Logic Pro)
Reading & Leeds 2016 - Mowbeck (Laptop - Logic Pro)
I'm constantly working on enhancements, here's the roadmap:
- Self-contained live visuals
- Lights that react to performers
- Even more compact, running on a tiny Raspberry Pi
- Player-controlled IEM mix
I recorded the following quick video for Yamaha Europe.
It touches on how the show is put together, and exemplifies the very compact and robust live rig for Poisonous Birds.
As as a producer and live show designer:
Pure Data/Max MSP
Home: Bristol (I'm mobile for work in London or abroad)
Musical Education: Absolutely nothing
Other Education: Loughborough University - BEng Product Design Engineering Hons - (2:1 - Focus on Musical Instrument Design)