Archive for the ‘Projects’ Category

BiLE (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble)

Friday, October 7th, 2011

bile_artsfestI was delighted to be asked to join the fantastic BiLE in July. BiLE are a collaborative group of composers and performers of instrumental and electroacoustic music with a shared interest in live performance. They’ve been playing together since the beginning of the year and are developing a growing repertoire of pieces including existing scores, works written by members of the ensemble and improvisations. They have already played several gigs in the UK and Europe.

BiLE plays as a networked laptop ensemble with each performer contributing their own ‘instruments’ via a range of platforms such as MAX/MSP and Supercollider.  They often incorporate live sound sources and experimentation with gestural controllers such as iPhones, wiimotes and Xbox Kinect. Performances also include live visuals.

I played my first gig with BiLE at ArtsFest in Birmingham, Sept 2011. We performed in the impressive Round Room at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Here’s a short video of the performance by Antonio Roberts:

For more info on BiLE check out the website.

SOUNDkitchen’s SONICpicnic

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The next SOUNDkitchen gig is SONICpicnic on the 29th July at VIVID, Birmingham. We’re very excited about being in a new space and have an extended programme of performances, films, artist talks and food! The line up includes some of the SOUNDkitchen team, returning friends and exciting new acts.

We have a mutli channel listening room with a 16 channel speaker tree and I’ve contributed a piece that will be spatialised in this space.

More info on the SOUNDkitchen website.


SOUNDkitchen present PLEQ

Sunday, June 19th, 2011


The next SOUNDkitchen event is on Thursday 23rd June 2011 at Hare and Hounds. We are very excitied about our headline act Pleq who is joining us all the way from Poland. Pleq is the solo project of Bartosz Dziadosz, an experimental musician who combines elements of drone, down tempo, glitch and modern classical. He creates his work by fusing together independently synthesized sounds, often incorporating violin, the unexpectedly melancholic sound of a piano and sometimes female vocals.

Also on the bill is Birningham based Mark Harris, no stranger to SOUNDkitchen having performed at our opening gig with modulate and one of the contributors to our first collaborative project STONEsoup. He will be performing a solo laptop set.

Fianlly we are welcoming Leicester based turntablist and composer James Kelly to perform a live vinyl remix of his studio album Transformation of the Mind with live vocals from Ola Szmidt.

Check out the links and SOUNDkitchen website for artist bios and soundcloud audio samples.

SOUNDkitchen – Balkan Fusion

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The next SOUNDkitchen event is happening this thursday 17th March at Hare & Hounds, Birmingham. Featuring the first performance from BiLE (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble) and DJ Seb Merrick playing a mix of Balkan and electroacoustic music!


Audiograft Jukebox

Thursday, February 17th, 2011


Anvil & Stirrup’s ThousandUnfold has been selected for inclusion in an online jukebox as part of the Audiograft festival of sound art and contemporary music in Oxford this week.

SOUNDkitchen – Opening Banquet

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

SOUNDkitchen launches their first series of concerts with the Opening Banquet at the Hare and Hounds in Birmingham on 17th February 2011. Here is the flyer with info on all the gigs. More info, artist bios, audio etc on the website.



Get On The Radio

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011


I’ve started doing some work with Get On The Radio. They are a team of experienced and enthusiastic creatives who have come together through a shared passion for creative education and the exceptional teaching and learning potential of radio broadcasting.

They’re currently working in schools across the Midlands setting up pupil led radio stations. They have a great team that provide everything from technial advice, installation and training to setting up a school radio station with production teams for a variety of radio programmes.

They have strong links with radio professionals and programme makers who can deliver specific masterclasses. I’m working with them as a producer, helping pupils to generate content for their shows such as theme tunes, jingles, features and sound effects.

It’s a fantastic method for encouraging independent, cross-curricular learning in an exciting and creative way.

Find our more and listen to some of the results on their website –


Sunday, January 16th, 2011


I’ve recently joined SOUNDkitchen. We are a collective of composers and sound artists with backgrounds in electroacoustic and experimental music. The organisation is the brainchild of Annie Mahtani, ex BEAST,  and is dedicated to promoting the work of composers and sound artists working in the field of sound.

We’re kicking off  with a pilot series of gigs at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham and one at mac (Midlands Arts Centre) over the coming months. We’ve been busy putting together a programme of emerging and more established electronic music acts from Birmingham and beyond, mixing up current and ex BEAST composers with the likes of modulate, Nic Bullen and Simon Whetham.

I’ll be performing a live laptop set with Antti Saario as Anvil & Stirrup in the April gig and contributing to a new, collaborative composition for the gig at mac in March.

More details at

Creative Change: The Governors’ Perspective

Friday, October 8th, 2010

I’ve just recently finished a film project working with Ian McCormick at ICFILM. The film is called ‘Creative Change: The Governors’ Perspective’ and looks at the benefits and challenges of developing a creative curriculum in two contrasting primary schools from the perspective of the school governors. The two schools we worked with are Change Schools on the Creative Partnerships programme.

The project followed an action research model using film as the medium.  We interviewed the headteachers and a number of governors from each school about their experiences of developing a more creative curriculum. Despite the two schools being quite different in their demographic (one in rural Herefordshire the other in North Birmingham) the challenges and concerns were similar, but the overwhelming response to the impact of the changes were positive. Both schools talked about the increased level of enagagement and motivation in their pupils and governors commented on the relevance of developing creative thinking skills for the wider world and work.

The film was commissioned by Bright Space who deliver the CP programme in Birmingham, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the film is now being distributed to schools they are currently working with. It is intended to promote increased understanding and engagement from governors in schools who are undergoing changes towards a more creative approach to teaching and learning.

For more information or copies of the film please contact Bright Space.

ThousandUnfold – SoundLAB VII

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Anvil & Stirrup’s ThousandUnfold has been selected for inclusion in SoundLAB VII part of the NMF – New Media Festival 2010, Cologne.