Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Music Machine 40 @ Exeter Library 8th October 2016

'Using Raspberry Pi computers, 3D printing, and audience participation, Simon Belshaw’s ongoing project re-imagines music performance as an installation-cum-craft session where process is king. Experiment, perform, and play throughout the day at Exeter library.'

Benjamin Tassie's Sampler Picks: 1 - 15 October 2016



Music Machine 40 is a new piece designed for eight Raspberry Pi computers with ultrasonic distance sensors. On 8th October at Exeter Library we will be building the machine in a morning workshop (10am - 1pm), we would like eight people to help us (tickets cost £5 and are available from Exeter Library 01392 384218 exeter.library@devon.gov.uk). 


Once the music generating devices are built we will place them around the room and listen, alter, improve and enhance the sounds and composition until it is ready for people to come in and play it. The notes will be triggered by people and their movements when they are close to one of the eight generating devices. Moving closer or further away will change the pitch and possibly other parameters as well.

The afternoon session is open to anyone and will be free; the machine will be running from 1pm to 5pm in the Rougemont Room at Exeter Library.

This work is developed and produced by 2.times do and supported by Exeter City Council and Devon Libraries.




Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Music Machine 1 Fun Palaces Exeter Library

As part of the Fun Palaces weekend there will be a rehearsal and performance of Music Machine 1 at Exeter Library on Saturday 1st October between 13:00 - 14:00.

Please come along to the Rougemont Room at Exeter Library on Saturday 1st October to join in - more info here.

In the early 1960s, Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’. It was to be a temporary and movable home to the arts and sciences, open and welcoming to all. Now Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for culture at the heart of the community; an annual weekend of arts and science events created by, for and with local people. Visit their website for more information.

Music Machine 1 was originally a piece for computer, where the computer made all the performance decisions. It is also the first Music Machine that I adapted for live performance and has been performed in  a variety of locations.

Now, it is a piece for any number of performers (with or without instruments) who watch a screen that will turn green (for play) and red (for silence).

Here's the first part of the score:

To download the full score click here. Here's a link to the webpage that will start the process off.

Here's a recording of one performance:

Music Machine 1 Fun Palaces Exeter Library

As part of the Fun Palaces weekend there will be a rehearsal and performance of Music Machine 1 at Exeter Library on Saturday 1st October between 13:00 - 14:00.

Please come along to the Rougemont Room at Exeter Library on Saturday 1st October to join in - more info here.

Fun palaces were the idea of theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They were described as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’. Now Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for culture at the heart of the community; an annual weekend of arts and science events created by, for andf with local people. Visit their website for more information.

Music Machine 1 was originally a piece for computer, where the computer made all the performance decisions. It is also the first Music Machine that I adapted for live performance and has been performed in  a variety of locations.

Now, it is a piece for any number of performers (with or without instruments) who watch a screen that will turn green (for play) and red (for silence).

Here's the first part of the score:

To download the full score click here. Here's a link to the webpage that will start the process off.

Here's a recording of one performance: