Archive for February, 2007

Mixing It is axed, resurrected on Resonance FM

February 26th, 2007

Mark Russell Robert Sandall

After a 16 year run on Radio 3, the experimental music show Mixing It presented by Mark Russell and Robert Sandall has been axed. According to the statement from Mark Russell the show had to end with virtually no announcement and they were not allowed to say anything except the factual mention that Friday 9th February would be their last show, even though this had been the longest running programme on Radio 3 with the same presenters.

As this was the only radio programme I listened to regularly the news came as quite a shock, and happily it seems they will be resurrecting Mixing It on Resonance FM.

More Arcs ‘n Sparks

February 22nd, 2007

480V arc flash

Bert Hickman’s site, Stoneridge Engineering has a great page featuring high energy electrical failures and phenomenon. Along with video of an exploding transformer substation there’s the world’s biggest jacob’s ladder and an awesome demonstration (pictured) of high current, low voltage arcing:

The thermal energy liberated within a high current arc can be many tens of megawatts, and the arc core may reach 35,000 degrees F (four times that of the surface of the sun!). As the arc “roots” vaporize portions of the copper bus bars, the vapor explosively expands to over 60,000 times its solid volume. It then combines with oxygen in the atmosphere, forming dense clouds of copper oxide that blacken the air and nearby objects. Globules of molten copper are also violently ejected, showering the immediate vicinity with 2,000 degree droplets that can approach speeds of 700 miles per hour. Magnetic forces propel the arc along the bus, extending it in the process, and magnetic forces on the bus bars and cables may be sufficient to cause significant mechanical damage, possibly creating additional shrapnel.”


Christian Fennesz & Charles Atlas at BFI Imax

February 20th, 2007

Christian Fennesz Charles Atlas

Christian Fennesz is performing live in London At the BFI Imax cinema on March 15th as part of a collaboration with video artist Charles Atlas. The performance is part of the Optronica festival.


Locus Sonus Audio Streaming Project

February 20th, 2007

Locus Sonus parabolic mike & camI’m a little late on this but the networked_performance blog has a post inviting people to take part in the Locus Sonus project. The French-based project aims to provide a collection of streamed soundscapes from around the world and they have an applet on the website for listening to and mixing the streams in real time.


The Silophone is still going

February 14th, 2007


Recently I was pleased to discover that the Silophone installation is still alive and well, and their website hasn’t vanished into the mists of internet history which is surprising considering the uniqueness of the project and the fact that it was launched seven years ago. You can still play sounds into the colossal disused grain silo in Montreal and hear the reverberating results (sometimes from other users) in real time. Thanks to reviax for the photo.


John Coltrane Robot

February 13th, 2007

This is the legendary song from John Coltrane, “Giant steps”, played by a japanese robot! The result is predictably awful.



February 12th, 2007

Tate Britain has a Hogarth exhibition which runs until 29th April.

“The exhibition demonstrates that Hogarth wasn‚Äôt only a brilliant satirist as it showcases every aspect of his multi-faceted career: his remarkable paintings, ranging from elegant conversation pieces to salacious brothel scenes; his vibrant drawings and sketches; and the numerous engraved works for which he is most famous today, including Gin Lane and Beer Street . His society portraits easily rival those of Gainsborough or Reynolds, and the variety and energy of his output is outstanding.”


Site overhaul

February 12th, 2007

The green terminal style that greeted visitors to has finally been laid to rest. MediaWiki is now employed as a content management system for the homepage and directs visitors to the blog, forum or the knowledge base which forms the rest of the wiki. It’s not going to win any style awards but it’s well laid out and changing content doesn’t require FTP access anymore.

Rational Rec

February 11th, 2007

From their website: Rational Rec is a monthly inter-art social occasion, incorporating sound, music, text, performance, film and psychological experiments. Come along and be artistically, intellectually and alcoholically stimulated.

Jacob Kirkegaard is due to play on 3rd July.


The Tower of London

February 11th, 2007

It has lots of cobblestones.