• The world is ordinary A lot of people confuse “the news” with “how the world is”. That’s not what the news is about. The news is the unusual, the extreme, the extraordinary, the exception. The news draws attention to the world acting out of character. It’s the shocking event, the natural disaster, the criminal, the abnormal. Occasionally there are […] 3 responses November 14, 2015
  • Not sitting still Like the word ‘genius’, the term ‘life-changing’ gets thrown about way too easily and so often without merit. My friend Adam posted something on his Facebook page today that conveyed the strict meaning of life changing. It was in reference to one of those “here’s something that happened on your Facebook Page ‘x’ years ago” […] No responses November 8, 2015
  • The #MTFScandi Documentary One of the things we do at Music Tech Fest is to film everything that happens on the main stage – from performances and demonstrations through to hacker presentations. At #MTFScandi in Umeå back in May, the brilliant Fanni Fazakas (aka Rumex) pointed her camera at pretty much everything else – and this wonderful short […] No responses November 1, 2015
  • Music for airports Through the Music Tech Fest, I’ve recently been involved in a project to create a sound installation for the passenger terminal area of Rijeka airport on the island of Krk in Croatia. My role was to help connect the local commissioning body to a community of brilliant and creative technologists and artists who are experts […] No responses October 29, 2015
  • Human Music Interaction In my now part-time day job as a professor at Birmingham City University, I wrote an article on the research centre’s blog, in which I referred to a new field of research that I’m helping develop. It bridges computer science, cultural studies, media theory, musicology, medicine, psychology, sociology and more. That probably takes a little […] No responses July 31, 2015
  • Sunday Jazz revisited Years ago, I was the host of a weekly Sunday jazz show on radio. For six years in New Zealand, then for another couple in the UK, I picked jazz tunes (or thereabouts) and played them to people over the wireless. Always loved doing that. Later on, I had a regular DJ slot at my […] One response March 1, 2015