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:

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.

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 Unfortunately my thoroughly outdated intellect did not anticipate a darkened room and the performance suffered from the fact that I could not see to plug anything in.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.

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: