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

Word Cloud of

If your interested you can build your own at

The Problem

Over the course of the day I should use a lot of different Twitter accounts, for the various business and groups I am involved in.

@scotthewitt @huddersfieldWOP @theaudiopodcast @thisweeksrant @inclusiveimprov @helo_group

However multiple accounts in the browser is hard work.

At first I tried multiple browsers which works until you a; run out of browsers and b run out of memory.

Next I tried TweetDeck which is a great interface for working in but I found the multiple account management awkward and that it never really let me work with just one account quickly when it needed to be my sole focus.

Currently I am working with Python Twitter Tools (PTT) simple to install and allows you to run from the command line interactively.

The real key though is that you can opt to use different files for the oauth login.

Install PTT

To install from the terminal type

easy_install twitter

Account Setup

Make sure you are logged in to the Twitter account you want to use in the browser.

At the the command line just type


and follow the instructions.

This will give you single account Twitter from the command line.

To setup multiple accounts

Rename the created authentication file .twitter_oauth (you will find it in your home directory) to something meaningful.

mv .twitter_oauth .business_twitter_oauth

Then in the web browser login to another Twitter account and repeat the setup process

Multi User

If you want to set a default account then name the authentication file .twitter_oauth.
I prefer not to have a default so I have to explicitly set the account I wish to tweet from.

To send a tweet you just have to selected the authentication file you wish to use to tweet from. So to tweet from the business account created in the example above,

twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth set hello twitter

Easy Multi User

Of course an easier way of doing this is use an alias.

alias BTwitter='twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth'

*If you like colour in the terminal use this alias instead

  • alias BTwitter='twitter --oauth .business_twitter_oauth -f ansi'

Now if I want to read my Business Tweets I can just type


and to Tweet from the account

BTwitter set Hello Twitter

Hope that is useful to people dont forget you can follow me on Twitter @scotthewitt.

So with new found love of podcasting I have launched two more weekly podcast firstly the Huddersfield Whats on Podcast a weekly guide to events and gigs in Huddersfield UK. This has proven to be a lot of fun and very enjoyable to do I never realised how much stuff happens until I went looking for it.

You can check the podcast out here, though even better why not subscribe to it.

Another podcast I have launched is This Weeks Rant with Mihalis Santamas which combines my love of podcasting with politics and arguing. Again you can check it out online at

To make podcasting easier I needed a more flexible microphone stand so after trip to IKEA and a bit of hacking I have made this.

Don’t forget to check out the podcasts.