Author Archives: Guy

Toxophily

Yesterday morning I spent two and half hours flinging fibreglass sticks at plastic models of animals that were dotted around a mile-long path in some woodland. This is my new hobby. Actually it’s an old hobby that I’ve returned to … Continue reading

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NYZ – Unknowable Determinism

I wrote a blurb for the new album Unknowable Determinism by NYZ (Dave Burraston). The album comprises tracks made from 2013 to 2016, marking a significant new direction for NYZ, based on an original approach to mapping between cellular automata … Continue reading

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5TRACKS

Tokinogake, a Japanese label, asked me to make a list of five tracks I like. I picked some folk songs. You might like them too: https://www.tokinogake.com/post/5tracks-guy-birkin—folk-song There are two other lists so far, one by a0n0 and the other by … Continue reading

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2020

I spent a lot of time with music in 2020. Most of what I listened to has been confrontational rather than contemplative, something to combat what the year has thrown at us, rather than the ‘balm for troubled times’ variety, … Continue reading

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SARS-CoV-2_LR757995_1c

My latest music is another sonification of the coronavirus genome sequence. SARS-CoV-2_LR757995_1c is released via Hard Return, a new label run by Jack Chuter of ATTN:Magazine that specializes in “extremely repetitive/persistent music”. It’s a single track just over 40 minutes … Continue reading

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SARS​-​CoV​-​2_LR757995_2b

I’ve got some more new music out on the label Superpang. It’s a sonification of the coronavirus genome data played with Razor VSTi synth, arranged into a kind of electro beat. The genome data is a list of 4 letters … Continue reading

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Liminal Kicks

Liminal Kicks is my latest album, released on the new label Superpang based in Rome, Italy, with cover art designed by Joe Gilmore. It’s a collection of tracks made with drum synths and saturation. I used Mathematica to generate MIDI … Continue reading

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MoCap Fractals

Today I learned that some suits used for motion capture use a pattern that’s a variation of the Sierpinski triangle fractal. I happened to see a tweet from @LASTEXITshirts celebrating the birthday of actor Andy Serkis (56 today), and I … Continue reading

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20×20 – Processed Field Recordings

Processed Field Recordings is my new album out on 20×20, a project and label run by Neil Stringfellow. I met Neil in 2015 on a course about field recording tutored by Chris Watson and Jez riley French, and we’ve both … Continue reading

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6-Colour Block Cellular Automata

Here are some results of recent tests with 6-colour cellular automata. These are 6-state relations of the simple 2-state block cellular automaton that I use a lot, rule 39 in Wolfram’s notation which translates the output states of the rule … Continue reading

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