Scott Hewitt Blog Archive 2009
Over today I have been helping on the ChucK manual sprint, a consorted effort to bring the ChucK documentation upto date.
Its always a challenge with a language still under development, to keep the documentation unto date.
And as is always the case I have picked up some more cool ChucK tricks.
You can find the manual (still under construction) here.
This summer the Huddersfield Experimental Laptop Orchestra (HELO) and the inclusive improv performed as part of the Sound and Music Leeds Expo.
Manchester based film maker Nathan Rae accompanied the groups and shot the camera work that is used within this documentary.
You can find out more about HELO here.
More information about the inclusive improv can be found online here.
This coming Friday (13th November) I am performing as part of HELO.pg, the post grad part of the Huddersfield Experimental Laptop Orchestra in its first live performance of the current academic year.
You can find out more about the ANY WHICH WAY project here.
And more about HELO.pg here.
Should be a great gig so if you around Hudds why not come check it out.
Monday the 9th of November I have the opportunity to perform ‘Dense’ as part of miniWofS.
miniWofS is the one day version of the Week of Speakers project organised by the inclusive improv collective.
You can find out more about miniWofS here.
‘Dense’ is a solo laptop piece performed using ChucK code and just the laptop keyboard and mouse. Performed using live coding techniques ‘Dense’ has been created for miniWofS.
Playing another gig so if your in the manchester area this is unmissable.
Rodrigo Constanzo (piano) with Scott Hewitt (live sampling)
Will be live sampling, processing, coding and general laptop-ing.
All in support of….
Ingrid Laubrock’s Sleepthief
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
19:30 – 23:00
Cross Street Chapel
Cross Street, M2 1NL
From the blurb
German born saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock is teaming up with acclaimed
UK pianist Liam Noble and one of New York’s finest drummers, Tom
Rainey for an exciting brand of new improvised music. Sleepthief play
with a wide spectrum of sound, rhythm, space and colour whilst
maintaining a strong feeling for form.
And as if that was not enough, there is also “An Anton Hunter Quartet”
Anton Hunter (guitar), Ben Cottrell (clarinet), Rod Skipp (cello),
Graham South (flugelhorn)
Unmissable I tell you, unmissable
This Friday i am going to be at the Expo Leeds Unconference.
Really looking forward to it and hope to maybe do some live coding stuff while I am there.
Later on Friday there is the one and only HELO ii rehearsal for the NetMixer performance on Saturday as part of the EXPO.
Just the beginning of a crazy weekend.
On September 27th and October 3rd 2009 I am leading a workshop on the Laptop as a musical instrument in Manchester UK.
The workshops are being hosted by The Noise Upstairs and explore methods of improvising and performing with laptop computers.
On Saturday I am attempting to walk the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, 25 miles and a total climb of 5,200 feet.
The route will take us up Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
I’m doing it as part of a team from my local church to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis and with my good friend Matthew.
Please sponsor me online at http://www.justgiving.com/mssociety-ploddera/
Ingleborough from Great Shunner Fell on an earlier walk this summer.
ChucK is a strongly timed, audio programming language which is all about timing, it most basic concern is about the progression of time to now.
You can find out more about ChucK here.
You can follow my progress at www.ablelemon.co.uk/chuckaday.
If you have any ideas as to things I should try and do in ChucK or if you need some audio processing for something. send me suggestions to @scotthewitt
Performed by myself, Scott Hewitt and Sam Freeman as part of the inclusive improv live coding project. Details here.
As it was a duet, we decided to try a little bit of production so 1 hour to setup and 4 hours with the videos, will do better next time!
You can get the podcast online here.
The show notes are also available online here.
All previous inclusive improv podcast can be found at http://podcast.inclusiveimprov.co.uk.
Hope you enjoy the podcast.
As part of the Week of Speakers Huddersfield project I performed with Mihalis Santamas and Samuel Freeman using Tweet a Sound.
Here is the blog entry on Sound + Design about the performance http://www.soundplusdesign.com/?p=2556
You can follow us online on Twitter
Andrew Spitz is the programmer behind Sound + Design and Tweet a Sound which is available as a free download at http://www.soundplusdesign.com/?page_id=1762
Recordings are available online at last.fm
Got the Week of Speakers 2009 MP3s online.
You can find them on last.fm here available to listen and for free download.
Also uploaded a few more Week of Speakers Videos to the WOFS Vimeo Channel.
Rodrigo Constanzo performing Rodeo as part of Wofs2009. Full audio online here.
So I have decided to take a risk;
Im going to turn commenting on this blog. I have always been nervous about commenting as the blog was initially for own use records.
However as I seam to be getting quite a lot of external traffic I think it is time to try the two way conversation.
So comment away….
Had a great time at Noise Upstairs last night in Manchester.
The Noise Upstairs is a monthly free-improv session in South Manchester.
You can find out more here.
For the first half of this week Monday through Wednesday I have been producing the Week of Speakers 2009 hence my limited time online.
Highlights of this year; the twitter performance, Adam Jansch’s composition and Tom Mudd’s performance.
You can find out more at
Had a great time at the Sonic Arts Forum in Leeds where I was presenting.
My presentation was about the Huddersfield Experimental Laptop Orchestra ( HELO ).
The presentation and more information about HELO can be found at here.
Google Wave was announced today, looks great and really interesting.
Can see this being useful as part of my teaching as well as collaborating on arts projects within inclusive improv.
You can find out more here.
Susanna was playing as part of the Durham Alumni Big Band in Stockton at The Georgian Theatre last night and I managed to get onto the balcony.
Still is hard work shooting a big band, never enough light and the light that is available is never even.
Yesterday I went to the Marsden Flickr meetup – had a great time though I had completely the wrong lens on when the heron flew past us.
This was one of my favorite shots from the photo walk.
You can see more of the group pictures here.
This morning my G1 google phone received the over the air cupcake release.
Looks good, loads of subtle design changes and feels a bit quicker.
The big news there is now an on screen keyboard easy to use and with word completion.
Apart from my google chat shortcut breaking everything else looks fine.
Jay and Liz who I play with in The Simon Street Quartet had an album launch for one of there other musical venture, Quiet Rebellion.
Was a great gig for a great album in a great venue, the Grove Inn Leeds.
Was asked to shoot some photos really dark room and very crowded was really tough so these where the best I did.
Enjoyed another Inclusive Improv session this week and did not even played just listened.
However it did remind me that I really need a fast long focal length as 50mm just was not long enough.
I was invited to give a presentation at the Max/MSP symposium, part of the GEMdays festival.
Presented some of my recent work on ‘Networking Performance in Max/MSP’, including netscore, immersion and NameSpace TV.