Financial blackhole statistics make vibrating image

"Our Statistics"

Take a bunch of statistical graphs showing Ireland's move into financial dystrophy, layer them into an image in photoshop, convert the result into an audio file, then open that audio file in a program that shows an FFT frequency domain view, screen grab the result, bring it back to photoshop end up with something quite unexpectedly beautiful. Considering the sound this image represents is white noise without any redeeming qualities I am pleased with how it eventually turned out.

Interview on RTE Lyric FM - Bernard Clarke's NOVA show

I was interviewed by (contemporary music show) NOVA presenter Bernard Clarke in Eason's Cafe on O'Connell St, Dublin early in January. Stop/Run was featured on the show a couple of weeks later, with excerpts from the interview and pieces by Niamh de Barra, Eoin Smith and Brian Conniffe.

The show itself doesn't seem to be archived yet but you can now hear the unedited recording of the interview here, where I em, kinda, eh talk about, em, the...Stop/

Room Full of Empty People EP now available

My new EP, "Room Full of Empty People" is now available on Takeover Records through Juno Digital. Four tracks of agitated dancefloor music that will warm up amplifiers and eardrums alike!

Stop/Run opening night recordings

Stop/Run opening by Stop/Run

Here are the recordings of pieces by Amanda Feery, Shane McKenna, Eoin Smith, Laura Hyland, Niamh de Barra, Brian Conniffe and Ian McDonnell. Enjoy!

Stop/Run jam with Ed Devane, Paul Rowan, Dennis Cassidy, Regan O'Brien and Keith Lindsay

Stop Run- jam with Ed, Paul, Regan, Keith, Dennis 17-12-10 by Stop/Run

This recording was made the day before I took down the Stop/Run exhibition. After days of half-heatedly trying to wire up an Arduino board to drive the solenoids in my bar instruments, and generally being exhausted from the work involved in getting the show together, just before this recording was made I finally had energy to set it up to play some music. That was of course the point in making the instruments!

It was good craic playing with Dennis Cassidy (percussionist extraordinaire), Paul Rowan (a.k.a. Bluefood, who did some remixes of the opening night recordings which I will post up soon), free vocalist Regan O'Brien and Severed Head gallery co-curator and sound designer Keith Lindsay. Each player moved from between instruments as they saw fit; I vacillated between playing instruments and working the mixer (which by now is really my main instrument).

Stop/Run videos

Pre-show practice of Niamh de Barra's conmposition. Featuring Amanda Feery (tubes), Shane McKenna (holding the mic where and when needed for Niamh to record a loop into Ableton) and Fionn Wallace (middle stringed instrument, percussion).

Brian Conniffe performs his piece at the opening of Stop/Run. Brian's piece features a recording of Simon Morris and "also incorporated is a treatment of material from coil cso 16, used in accordance with the creative commons license of that release".

Ian McDonnell noises it up at the opening

Stop/Run: Ian McDonnell, opening performance from Ed Devane on Vimeo.

Pre-show practice and soldering...

Stop/Run set up / practise from Ed Devane on Vimeo.

Stop/Run photos

This post will be followed by video and audio posts very soon. For now check out these photos taken by Aoife de Burca of my Stop/Run instrument ensemble.