A weekend at Floda 31

To the untrained eye, Floda 31 appears to be a series of about half a dozen old farmhouses and barns on a large plot of land overlooking a forest. In reality, it’s a multidisciplinary design research facility. Birmingham-born Rich Holland and his Dutch partner...

Time to move on

Moving house is not the most stressful thing you can do in life, but I’m pretty sure it’s in the top five. Even so, I’ve chosen to do it a lot over the years. I’ve lived in around 25 different houses, flats or apartments since I left my...

That festival thing I keep mentioning…

In May last year, I went to an event called Music Tech Fest to talk about the work that I do as ‘Professor of Music Industry Innovation’ at Birmingham City University… and I pretty much never went home. Today, I’m the festival director, and...

Teaching machines to make art

Much of yesterday was spent inside the Málaga Interactive Museum of Music, where I was part of a day-long seminar called 0music – about what it means that computers can now compose music. The seminar came at the end of a four year research project by Professor...

Morning in Málaga

I deliberately woke up early to catch the sunrise in Málaga today. I’m not here for long, and I want to see a little bit of it, so I think a walk before breakfast might be in order. That view above is from my hotel room. You can smell the sea from here....

Not my film about Brazilian music

British DJ Gilles Peterson has made an album of Brazilian music, and in order to promote it, he took a filmmaker to Rio with him to make a 3-minute promotional ‘behind the scenes’ YouTube video. That video grew in ambition and scope to become a 75 minute...