Forests and lakes

Forests and lakes

I’m getting a lot of fresh air at the moment. It’s helping a lot. Every now and then, you need a bit of scenery and oxygen. As you may have picked up, I’m in Sweden. Actually, I’m further north than most people think of when they think of...
Mackmyra Special 10

Mackmyra Special 10

I tried Swedish whisky for the first time last night. I was in a place called Umedalen, just outside of Umeå, with the intention of visiting the sculpture park there. But rather than stop and admire the art, hunger led me on to find food. A friend had suggested the...
A weekend at Floda 31

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…

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

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...