Flute Sketch

Here is the preliminary sketch I made for the flute/electronics piece which is to be played at INTER/actions in Bangor next month. The flute part was generously donated by Sean Goldthorpe and the computer part makes extensive use of the IRCAM Mubu multibuffer.

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more nwdl tracks

More tracks online made with nwdlbots.

First there’s nwdlbient parts 1 – 3 by (the) 99942 from d4management in St. Petersburg . Three albums, totalling 30 tracks on soundcloud. I’ve just started listening to them and there’s some interesting stuff.


Then there’s some tracks by Ben Glawe’s Conflict of Confidence project of which he says “All but track #4 are essentially exercises in nwdlbots“.


Take a listen.

nwdl tracks?

A few people around the web have started to post mp3 tracks showing what they’re doing with nwdlbots (pronounced noodlebots). I’m very interested to hear how different people are using the bots and would like to post links on this site so that others can hear them too. Please get in touch if you’ve got something.

Here’s one track I found yesterday. It’s from devsound (“label, blog, and whatnot”) in Sweden and it features some bots talking to a Blok modular synthesizer.


I’ll also put some of my own tracks up soon.

60×60 Airplay

Richard’s entry for the 60×60 project 2005 was played on June 12th on Max Shea’s Martian Gardens radio show (WMUA FM 91.1 Amherst, Massachusetts, USA).

60×60 is a concert containing 60 compositions from 60 different composers, each composition 60 seconds or less in duration. These 60 recorded pieces are performed in succession without pause one after another for a 1 hour concert. The performance is played in conjunction with synchronized analogue clock. At the top of each minute in the hour the domain of space for the composer has begun. Composers who have written works less than 60 seconds are strategically and artistically place within that minute; the rest of the minute is filled with silence until the next minute begins.

In Richard’s submission, entitled 60/168 and written especially for 60×60, a computer program uses the number 60 and its factors (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 30) to create 168 musical events. Sixty events occur once a second, thirty occur every two seconds, twenty every three seconds, and so on. All events of the same time interval have the same pitch. Sixty events are then chosen at random and played over a MIDI synthesizer. Whenever the program runs, a different variation is heard.

Each of the 1.907 x 10128 possible variations lasts exactly one minute.

The final selection of 60 pieces will be made in September.

Martian Gardens
60×60 project (voxnovus.com)

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Solstice Greetings from Sunday Dance Music

Christmas is now drawing near at hand
(trad. arr. Richard Garrett 2002)

An instrumental version of a moralising carol popular among travelling people in the West Midlands of England about a century ago. The tune dates from before the sixteenth century but this version is inspired by the singing of Elaine Waterson on the album Frost and Fire (Topic Records 1965).

Richard recorded this track in December 2002 as a greeting to friends and relations around the world and as a thank you to all the people who have been kind enough to buy, broadcast and review his music in the past year. Happy Solstice!

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