Radio Assemblage 170520

The image above shows the starting stages of an improvised radio assemblage, which was made as part of an ICMuS event in Culture Lab on the evening of 20th May 2017. Four portable radios with transmission equipment and speakers were hung down the middle of a three-storey stair well. The Assemblage was created as a performative improvisation. Over a period of five hours the work was developed to include two additional larger radios; improvised LED lighting; two wooden plinths; malleable magnetic elements; and printed material in the form of vintage radio books. Content drawn from the CLRadio online loop was broadcast as a randomized sequence. The work was well received and viewers were encouraged to participate in the making of the work.

Other images may be viewed by following this link.


The work described here has not before been presented in Culture Lab. This is an example of minimal coding. This single line of C code:

main(t) { for (t = 0; ; t++) putchar(t*((15&t>>11)%12)&55-(t>>5|t>>12)|t*(t>>10)*32); }

when compiled produces looped output, which when interpreted as RAW audio gives a kind of minimal techno.

The code is generated using a bash script and compiled on the fly using the clang LLVM compiler.

FIN8010: Morse Code Workshop

Following on from the recent MFA/CAPs group show at the Old Low Light in North Shields I delivered a Morse Code Workshop for year five and six pupils from Redesdale Primary School, Wallsend on Friday 26th May. Pupils also made seagull models from milk cartons and gutted fish on the quayside.

Material Potential 17-03-10

The photograph shown below was taken by Tom Schofield. It shows two Telegraphic works which I presented at the Digital Cultures Research Group curated event Material Potential on the 10th March 2017. The first work is a meccano beacon, which uses a USB relay to flash Morse code messages; the second work is a command line recreation of a Wheatstone Cooke Five Needle Telegraph.

HSS8121: 7stories – chapbooks

Following on from the late shows I have uploaded for sharing images of my own collection of chapbooks. Some are reproductions of 19thC originals, others are my own design derived from the original form.


DMS8012: The Late Shows 17-05-20

I built an array of meccano controllers for this evening of live electronics. Pictures can be seen here:

In the words of Oscar Wilde “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”. Unfortunately my thoroughly outdated intellect did not anticipate a darkened room and the performance suffered from the fact that I could not see to plug anything in. Fortunately I had a MIDI controller available which I could use instead.

Images of patches used in the performance are shown below.

The audio files linked below were created in rehearsal for the event.

I also presented an FM radio transmission work, an extended version of which will be presented in Culture lab on the evening of 30th May.

DMS8012: Victorian Synth

In response to seminar lead by Prof. J.M. Bowers where he demonstrated not only Victorian beard, but also Victorian Synth I spent an enjoyable afternoon at home constructing the same. I also experimented with relays and a 6v buzzer, but I did not inhale.

Pictorial evidence can be viewed here:
Victorian Synth.

HSS8121: Sound Art and Public Space 17-02-16

16th Feb we made solar sound modules using a hex-schmitt-inverter.

HSS8121: Flip Flop Circuit 17-02-09

On the 9th of March we made flip flop circuits. I first did this in the 70’s using plans taken from the Woolworth’s published Project Book 057 – Make Your Own Computer.

Book 159 – Experiments in Sound may also be useful in the context of #mediaarcheology.

HSS8121: Media Archeology

After reading Wolfgang Ernst’s Sonic Time Machines a process of practical engagement was undertaken to better understand the underlying methodology. This coincided with preparation for an exhibition at Hoults Yard. The work to be shown required the use of a number of vintage radios. These needed to be cleaned and mended in advance of the exhibition. The process of dismantling and cleaning was documented. Photographs can be seen by viewing the links which follow: