On behalf of the Audio Podcast I spent today at the Music Production Show in Leeds.

Possible highlight of the day was getting to see the new Roland Jupiter 80.

Was a lot of fun and got a whole load of material for next weeks podcast.

There will be full show report on this next weeks The Audio Podcast so I wont saying anything else you’ll just have to check the show out.

As an aside the royal armories in Leeds is an interesting building with loads of cool stuff in it.

So HELOpg have been invited to perform as part of the Holmfirth Film Festival May 25th 2011.

We decide to try and shoot a music video so I was out scouting in Huddersfield and got this nice shot.

Music Video to come soon.

At the inclusive improv Improv Improv Session (Tuesday 10th May 2011) I performed using my iPad for the first time using two apps;

The Magic Piano by Smule

The Magic Piano is a fun tool basically offering a playable piano, while it offers a game mode I was just using it for improvisation. The different interfaces naturally facilitate different performance methods. The spiral keyboard makes playing octaves much easier though the rotating background robbed me of a possibly useful visual reference point. The circular interfaces makes playing continuous glissandos very easy.

Sylo Synthesiser By Matthew Rosenfeld

For such a simple synth there is a massive potential in sounds and then I worked I could sample sounds and use them as the foundation of the synthesis. In the performance setting the 100% feedback on the delay provides the opportunity to build a rich texture which worked very well as a foundation to under pin the ongoing improvisation.

I think there will be more iPad based performance to come and inevitably I have started looking at the SDK.

The Improv Session @ the LBT Huddersfield

Had an enjoyable time performing at the first Clunk event this week in musical collaboration with Samuel Freeman, Scott McLaughlin and Eilon Morris alongside some physical improvisors from Huddersfield. Was an interesting evening and I understand then intend to do more events which should be great.

Experience of playing with the physicals improvisors has made me aware as to the importance of rapid gesture availability and the tendency towards shorter form gesture. As a consequence of this I opted to perform with a Dr Pepper Bottle, 2 plastic cups and a tray. This setup allows me rapid access to a rich variety of sounds while offering an observable performance and also an interesting progression due to the instrument fatigue.

More details about ClunK online here.

Every now and again I find it useful to build word clouds of some of the websites I am responsible for its a good way of seeing the trending words within the front page of the site.

Thought I would put to online just for fun.

Word Cloud of www.scotthewitt.co.uk

Word Cloud of www.ablelemon.co.uk

If your interested you can build your own at www.wordle.net.