Thursday, 9 February 2017

Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll

There seems to be an evidence base at last for the proposition made by Ian Dury & and the Blockheads  ... have a look at this research paper to discover that what you always suspected about music is grounded in evolutionary biology. 

It does seem that music gives you please in the same way that sex and drugs work ...

Reference: Mallik, A., Chanda, M.L., Levity, D.J. (2017) "Anhedonia to music and mu-opioids: Evidence from the administration of naltrexone". Scientific Reports 7(41952) 1-8.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Season's Greetings

Look forward to a leaner, greener and more optimistic new year for community support and sustainable development. Recycled e-card based on a street paving rubbing from Barcelona as it seemed very snow flake / fractal-like. 

Monday, 31 October 2016

Photogrammetry Modelling in Leicester

Demonstration photogrammetry model based on a test drone flight on a low energy house in Leicester. Great interface for model viewing based on Sketchfab software.


Friday, 14 October 2016

Pocket Money Loans by Darren Cullen

Amazingly funny and not funny together ... Pocket Money Loans as a form of satirical art. Darren Cullen visited Newcastle with this exhibition in October.

Alternative Music Blueprint

We saw this featured in Wired magazine and need to post a link to share (and remember where to find it again) ...

A simple but great approach to the ontology of information and illustrating the complexity of networks and influences ... but based on alternative music movements ... available for purchase from Dorothy here.

Monday, 26 September 2016

First computer generated music

We've been undertaking some research into early sounds and the development of digital music and came across this amazing reference to the work of Alan Turing in 1951. Amazing innovator and an amazing brain ...

... worried about your own brain and want to take the Turing Test (copy of the 1950 academic paper hereyourself then have a go at it here (more or less) ... 

Monday, 27 June 2016

3D Printed Audio

So impressed with the idea and delivery of this project ...

... as it is manufactured and presented as 'materialised audio' ...

Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Fatima Mansions

We’ve always been intrigued about the interface between architecture and popular culture and got particularly excited around the recent listing of the former Sex Pistols’ London flat at 6 Denmark Street[1]. Wall graffiti being protected by Grade II* status seems to officially give historical weight and significance to the cultural importance of the punk movement. Or at least the need to protect and maintain what physical legacy of the movement remains. It got us thinking about the similar Irish legacy and the lesser known The Fatima Mansions (with their back catalogue playing in the background of the studio … here I would recommend their cover version of ‘Shiny Happy People’ on their 1991 ‘Bertie’s Brochures’ album) who named themselves after an entire social housing estate in Dublin’s southside, although they seemed to have been based in Newcastle for much of the 1990s.

There is an interesting academic review of the estate, development history through to regeneration and the role that media representations had on the perception of the area[2], including references to the band.

[1] Brown, M (2016) “Not pretty, not vacant: Sex Pistols’ London home given listed status”. The Guardian 22nd March. [accessed 22nd March 2016]
[2] Conway, B., Corcoran, M., Cahill, L (2012) “The ‘miracle’ of Fatima: Media framing and the regeneration of a Dublin housing estate”. Journalism 13(5) 551-571.

Late Shows @ Baltic 39

Opening up the studio for the Late Shows this year ... together with a new mini web site to collect and showcase some of the more creative projects around public art (and private art) at We're also attempting to use CMYK printing techniques but using projectors ... come also and see how we get on.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Counter-marking Coins by Thomas Spence

We are getting inspired by rediscovering the work and activities of Thomas Spence who; amongst other things;  has a novel approach to the promotion of community ownership of land in the defacing and counter-marking of coins with his political propaganda.

Two of the most interesting defaced coins dating from the 1770's advocate "No Landlords" and "Partnership in Land". More on his influence on cooperation as part of the AV Festival this month at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle. 

Reference: Bonnett, A., Armstrong, K (Eds.) (2014) Thomas Spence: The Poor Man's Revolutionary (Breviary Stuff Publications, London).

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Penguin Murder Mystery

Short plug for our small contribution of  a bespoke flip book animation as part of a curated series of artist flip books commissioned on behalf of Darlington Library service, County Durham.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Art of the Mixtape

Just a pointer towards to work of Horace Panter and his supersized painting of a series of old C90 mixtapes. Outside of any cultural significance, they are just important historical analogue artefacts that deserve to be recorded in oils. The full details can be found at The Proud Activist.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

singlesingles for Record Store Day

Local Newcastle event for Record Store Day ... the close relationship between music and art ... more information from Chris Dorsett.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

X-Ray Audio

The soviet ban on western music had an interesting by-product in the 1950s when bootlegs were pressed onto discarded x-rays. The 'Roentgenizdat' or 'bone music' is arguably is an example where "... the format is completely integral to the listening experience" and where the imperfections and background noise add rather than detract from the experience. From an era when music wasn't ubiquitous it does question the value we place on music against the ease of availability and formats.

Currently included in "the curves in the needle' show at Baltic 39. and available for purchase here.

Reference: Paphides, P (2015) "Bone Music". The Guardian G2 30th January pp10-11. Milner, G (2009) Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story of Recorded Music (Granta, London).

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Pac Man Street Games

Just love the application of Pac Man technology to Google Earth. Just tested it out for Castle Terrace, Ashington and next to the office in Grey Street, Newcastle (top). Reference: Ramaswamy, C (2015) "Pac-Man gets new playground - Google Maps". G2 2nd April p2.