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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  Hello folks.

I don't think I've mentioned it here yet, but I'm currently on a tour of the music industry in Poland, thanks to the British Council. It's been an amazing experience, and last night I played a show using the Wii LoopMachine at Jadlodajnia Filozoficzna, a totally awesome independent venue in Warsaw. The crowd was fantastic, thanks so much for being so supportive!

For those of you who were asking about the music, my Music page is in need of a refresh, I'm afraid, but if you poke around my blog you can find the songs I played last night! Here are two of them right away:


Rolled and Tumbled

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  Introducing the Jam Jar!
The Jam Jar

I'm working on a project right now that involves building digital synthesizers that react to light. As a first step I made a small synth that I was able to fit inside a jam jar. I creatively named it the Jam Jar, and it totally rocks. Here's a video that explains what it is and shows me jamming out with Ableton Live!

For more pictures check out my Flickr set.
Monday, March 02, 2009
  Penalty Shootout

On the 28th of January 2009, Dundee United and Glasgow Celtic battled to a 0-0 tie in the semi-final of the CIS Scottish League Cup. The game thus went to penalty kicks.

Celtic won, but not before every player on both teams (including the goalies) took shots in what must have been one of the most epic penalty shootouts in Scottish (if not world) football history.

Watching the coverage I was struck by how the camera angles were always very similar for each penalty. I edited the footage and layered each of these similar camera angles on top of one another to create a composite version of the shootout, compressing the 24 shots into one. The angles were all different lengths, so sometimes you only see one or two layers, and occasionally you see many. I did a similar process with the sound, although I wasn't quite as rigid, as you will hear.
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