National Museum of Scotland "Lates: A Night in Wonderland" event

ELECTROKINETIC: a live performance piece by Betsy Davis and myself. I created this sound design for Betsy as she moved covered in LED lights in a pitch-black auditorium filled with audience viewers. This piece is designed to take the viewer/listener to a different place: transporting them to various fictional locations, creating several different moods and themes, keeping the whole "night in wonderland" theme alive.


paradittle : live max/msp augmented drumkit performance

my dissertation from my 2013 MSc in Sound Design from the University of Edinburgh.

An experiment in live sound design using drum triggers, piezo transducers (contact mics), a drumkit, drum pads, and Max/MSP. The piece is comprised of 4 sections in which I have complete control over; switching to each by striking 2 different transducers a certain number of times. All of the sound samples emitted are completely original and recorded by me; a compilation of foley sounds, field recordings, voices, and produced electronic loops.

The main questions being asked while creating this project were:

1: How can I react to musical uncertainties? What will my improvised reactions be to randomly triggered sounds? call and response.

2: Can sound design be music and vice versa? Sound design is indeed inside music, right?

3: Can sound design create viewer stimulation in a live situation? Sound design without the traditional sense of synchronization to a visual image on a screen... yet, the sounds I am triggering are directly correlated to my physical percussive movements.

4: Let's explore this musique concrete thing as a compositional practice, first developed by Pierre Schaeffer in the early 1940s. An exploration of using 'everyday' sounds as a way to make 'music' or performance.