I spent a glorious month with the generous team at the Maker Lab, University of Victoria this past March thinking about how to apply prototyping to soundmaking in light of all the advice I’ve been gathering from historical sound effects designers. This culminated in what I hope is the first of many noisemaking workshops, and Miyoko Caudet at UVic’s CFUV radio kindly interviewed Teddie Brock from MLab (my co-organiser) and I for a podcast…
I updated my long suffering uluatore with a new metal bridge, which has given it a more powerful rasp, even with small movements of the crank. Here are the new insides:
And here I am trying out some new moves in rehearsal:
A collaborative Hugh Davies-inspired instrument built with John McAreavey. We’re combining our action-sound forces to examine laptop performance, music and gesture. The Laptap forces the performer to sit in the same position as that of a laptop, to peer over the edge of the lid at any audience or fellow performance, and hides their hands as they play. In this position, how do we communicate gesture and intention?
Currently getting to grips with my new wind machine, built this summer at The Yorkshire Hut Company.
Here it is recorded in the studio:
I am examining the gestures involved in operating noisemakers and sound effects as part of my research. This video features some of the noisy things from my own collection.