Monthly Archives: May 2009

Cutting Room Experiment; My Entry

I’ve entered this interesting competition; it’s asking for concepts for 12 flash mobbing events, to be held in Manchester in July.  My idea is for all of the attendants to take photographs simultaneously on their mobile phones, and then blutooth them to a central hub to be displayed on a big screen. Vote for me here.

Baker’s Yeast Sonification

I’m currently completely wound up in stressing about my degree show – which is on the 19th June here, for anyone who wants to come (it’s entirely public) – but managed to fit in an entry to this competition. The task was to sonify the coding sequence of a gene taken from Baker’s Yeast. Very interesting. Unfortunately some sort of technical problem means that my entry hasn’t appeared on their website yet :-/ I’ve made two versions. One is less manipulated, the second used extra processing of MIDI signals to modulate parameters – feat. jiggerypokery by Fred Baker.

Version 1

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Version 2  (feat. Jiggerypokery by Fred)

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Here’s my desription of concept;

This piece explores the intricate thought that is required to comprehend how such simple representation – using the letters A, T, G & C as symbols – can actually contain the instructions for life, any life, to exist (even something as humble as Baker’s yeast). Taking the coding sequence as an independent entity, I’m trying to expose the inherent simplicity, but use sonic aesthetics to be suggestive about implicative complexity

.. and method;

I recorded myself speaking A, T, G & C. Then I wrote a simple program to send MIDI messages corresponding to the coding sequence, into Ableton Live, where the sequence was recorded- forming the core of the piece.

Post production involved manipulation of the pitch and timing of the sequenced samples. An additional percussion track and effects sends add depth. Plogue Bidule was used to manipulate MIDI signals which modulate parameters in Ableton Live.

The meter quickens throughout the length of the piece, building to a crescendo at the end.

This is the coding sequence that I used;


Sonification is really exciting. Hope you enjoy it.

Baker Tilly Competition

I won! I found out quite a while ago actually. My pitch for the HDR photographs did the trick and I was selected. I actually installed my finished images at the Baker Tilly offices lastweek, and they seem very happy with them. I elected to install 3 images (see below).

My work  is sharing a room with Rachel Louise Evans’ work (below) – her work is constructed from 18,000 paper clips..!

Rachel & Nigel

EASA HQ (Moonfish) Competition

I entered and was shortlisted (but didn’t win) this competition to design a paint job for the iconic ‘Moonfish’ building. It’s being rebranded / launched as the HQ for the European Architecture Students Assembly 2010 (which is in Manchester). The winner was announced last Friday, and was Nicos Yaitros from Cyprus; a well deserved winner with a great design. My entry proposed using perspective and illusions to try and make the building disappear, see below (click for a larger version).