Scott Hewitt Blog Archive 2008
So HELO played and it was great.
You can hear the recording of the 2nd half here.
HELO (Huddersfield Experimental Laptop Orchestra) has just confirmed its first ever gig as part of the HCMF Revolutionaries project.
8pm @ Caf
Just a collection of some of the portraits I have got to shoot recently.
So since the Intel switch I have recommend the Apple MacBook as the best choice laptop for all sorts of situations.
It still offers a stable, Tier 1 build quality, the advantages of the OS X, the ‘i’ apps and looks good.
However with the new release models there has a been a number of significant changes and not all for the best.
The Firewire 400 ports have been removed from all the laptops and only a single Firewire 800 port remains on the MacBook Pro.
In terms of music production this is a major problem as compatibility has been lost with many pro-grade soundcards for the MacBook such as the MOTU 828. Its also bad news for video people as well.
At the moment I am not sure what to suggest; the MacBook Pro is more expensive and is bigger mmm I will have a think.
You can find the MacBook specs at http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs.html.
After an enjoyable summer break the inclusive improv crew are ready to go at it again
More info on Facebook here.
On the inclusive improv site here.
and summarized below;
Thursday 23 October 2008, 7pm ish
Coffeevoution, Church Street Huddersfield
Is a great opportunity just to come along and make some music, noise and sound – but also a great evening out.
(It also has some research outcomes as well – he he he)
Today I had the opportunity to shoot some frames at the park…
To see full size have a look here.
Today was the first day of freshers at Hudds Uni which as a post grad just means more people about.
But in the post grad word today we set up a Facebook group for SOMP (Society of Music Post Graduates Huddersfield), so if your are a PostGrad or about to become one at Hudds why not join it.
You can find out more about SOMP at http://www.somp.co.uk/.
Actually today I am meant to be leaving Belfast.
Really enjoyed the ICMC was a good laugh and made a number of interesting contacts. Have enjoyed meeting the big names in a very nerdy way.
I’ll take this moment to thanks the University of Huddersfield for funding my trip across to present paper, as without there assistance I would have been unable to attend. Thanks alot guys!!
I right this sitting in Belfast airport awaiting my very delayed flight- argh airports; though they have just given me a food voucher.
Well chuffed to find a BT OpenZone wireless service which I can use thanks to my FON account.
BT Home broad band users can opt into the FON service for free which i would strongly recommend doing.
Anyway hope the plane is sorted soon as I can’t wait to get back to S.
A short day for me as I spent much of the day working on some code and composition however the evening concert was quite enjoyable.
Michael Youngs Oboe_prosthesis was very interesting and played incredibly by Chris Redgate. Adam Greig played, Philip Reeders, BY RESPONSE very well illustrating much control over the extended playing techniques in use.
Today I gave my talk, yay its done. Went well and my demo worked well happy. The online presentation, and more stuff will be online at www.ablelemon.co.uk real soon.
The formal diner was fun, with a pork spit roast and held in the train area of the transport museum which was great.
Performance wise the evenings performances were good and the program contained one of the longest program notes I can recall.
Good day again and another pint of draught Magners.
The panel on Network Performance was very informative with a strong understanding of the issues. The first hand experience of remote and tele-presence was informative and will be of use to elements of my own going work.
The MoPhO performance was enjoyable. I particular enjoyed the relationship between the physical gestures and the sonic material.
Yesterdays talks were good however the 10m evening concert was ace, – best so far.
Anna Fritz, RADIO IS EVERYWHERE IN THEIR DREAMS was excellent, compelling and beautiful.
Matthew Yee-King’s LIVE CODING was an excellent exploration of live coding with strong gestures and boldness.
Still have to finish presentation
Monday was a good day – first day of presentations
In the morning sessions, I really enjoyed the
A TOOLKIT FOR MUSIC AND AUDIO ACTIVITIES ON THE XO COMPUTER
by Victor Lazzarini, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
THE CYCLOTRON: A TOOL FOR PLAYING WITH TIME
by Dan Trueman, Princeton University, United State
This looked like a lot of fun and something I hope to use in the future. II also liked the architecture design of the current version using Processing GUI, OSC communication and Chuck DSP.
THRICE REMOVED by Brian Cullen was an enjoyable video work with an especially cool Coronation Street bit.
In the evening I went to the off-book ICMC and went to some TOPLAP Live coding at the BlackBox in Belfast.
Food as always good, Lebanese the order of the day no booze at all.
This evening was the opening concert for the icmc conference. Good concert with a strong Hudds showing 2 composers, 1 performer. Enjoyable works especially DIana Samspons piece at the end of the concert.
No hot water at the house, cold showers character building I guess.
Freebies: 1 bag ICMC chic, umbrella, mints, USB stick, mints and a cd plus the guide book
Magners Cider enjoyed on draft afterwards and a good Burger for tea good day – and almost finished my presentation.
Im at ICMC all this week in Belfast – yay though it is raining.
Am here to present a paper on wednesday – more on that to come soon…
Today sat through rehearsal and a sound check for the opening concert sounded.
Also found a great place for dinner, Scarlets
Found this today.
Looks like a great way to debate issues and develop ideas.
Just spent the last week volunteering at a Ventures Youth Camp at Queen Ethelburga’s College, York. Was a great time and lots of fun with a real great collection of young people.
The time was spent with bible study, fun days out worship and messy games.
Ashville2 was run by CPAS House Party Ventures more info here.
If you want to know more take a look at,
Been away for here for ages but got alot of stuff done
Have been working on my PhD work and a presentation im giving later this summer.
And of course a couple of other things…
Normal service back I hope now
So house move 12 in 9 years is almost complete, Panther moved across last night which just leaves a couple of little bits to sort out.
Still in Huddersfield, just the place I was house sitting got sold so time for somewhere new.
And BT managed to move my telephone and broadband in 24 hours – wow
This is a good set of comments from Tim Berners-Lee, Tim O’Reilly and others quite intresting.
The full article is here.
The ii Library is a code resource which enables easy network collaboration. Designed to be easy to use, the ii Library is currently only built for Max/MSP. It is hoped that this will expand in the very near future.
osctosend.js takes any symbol and value and sends the value to a receive object entitled the same as the symbol. Ideal for quick dirty OSC Namespace routing.
hghlander.js monitors incoming messages and maintains a list of all values, removing duplicates. Ideal for interface building and managing OSC namespaces.
The code is avaible from the inclusive improv site at
A process known as sequencing…
This is great a TV demo of the Fairlight Computer for music making.
Really early computer based sampling for $60,000.
This is a great piece and makes a great comment on society in many ways, You can see the work here.
I personally like Banksy stuff.
So this is just ace by Jonathan Coulton, Code Monkey
Been listening to the new Sonic Arts Network Podcast hosted by Jonathan Webb. Quite good I enjoyed the first piece the most, Anthea Caddey & Thembi Soddell
Tonight I am off to HudLug my local Linux User Group. I have not been for ages but hope there will still be some familiar faces there.
Any way I’ll let you all know.
If your interested in finding you own local LUG take a look here,
Lugs are really great for helping people learn more about Linux and FLOSS and im my opinion offer a better level of support than many help desks.
This is my first entry on my new personal website. Decided I like blogging so would set this site up as a blog.
Most of the time this will be rambling as my main work has a home else where.
My PhD research is based at http://www.ablelemon.co.uk.
Attached to my PhD work is the http://www.inclusiveimprov.co.uk site which houses my concert series at Huddersfield Uni and my Improvisation Group.
Finally there is the http://www.simonstreetquartet.co.uk/ which is my Jazz quartet available for functions and gigs through out the UK.