Glitching the city

Partway through a meeting this evening over drinks, BBC Click presenter LJ Rich took Matthew Hawn and I out into the streets of Covent Garden to experience ‘glitching’ – her music hack that turns urban landscapes into music. As a “shared...

Why we make things

When you study the independent music industries, there’s a lot of talk about money and how so little of it moves around. But when you talk to musicians, the money is almost never the thing that they value the most in the whole process – and it is never,...

Now available in real

A while back, I started drawing sad cats. I was playing with a drawing & painting app on the iPad, and they turned out to be the only thing I could really convincingly draw in a way that resembled what they were meant to portray. Not cats – sad cats. Happy...
A Brian Travers original

A Brian Travers original

My friend Brian – you know, Brian out of UB40 (namedrop, namedrop) – just popped over to give me an original piece of his artwork that I’d admired at an exhibition of his but could not possibly have afforded. It’s based on Concierto de Aranjuez...

What’s next: singing in public?

I started drawing pictures of cats in the last couple of days, using Paper on the iPad. Cats are pretty much the only things that I can draw that people can correctly identify without prompting. For some reason, they always come out looking a bit sad. For a...

On Downloading Pickle

I’m a latercomer to the world of comics and graphic novels. It’s odd, really, because I knew some great cartoonists, comic book artists and enthusiasts growing up in New Zealand. Some of them went on to own comic book stores, some produced some great...