Saturday, 1 March 2014

Talk at Max symposium, Huddersfield 1st March 2014

Making Audio Plug-ins using Gen~ and IPlug

This talk will introduce IPlug - a simple-to-use C++ framework for building audio plugins (VST, Audiounit etc) and show how IPlug can be used with Gen~'s code export functionality. This allows you to rapidly design the DSP for an audio plugin inside MaxMSP, requiring only a minimal knowledge of C++.

Wire Wool 6

Monday, 13 January 2014


HTML5 websocket/http web server external for Max

Monday, 28 October 2013

Wire Wool 2

Sunday, 8 September 2013

More Tambura

Monday, 24 June 2013

DroneBox OWL - Sympathetic Resonance Generator

Here's an audio example for my submission to the OWL patch contest, which is a (very) simplified version of my forthcoming plug-in DroneBox v3. A bank of four tuned comb filters / virtual strings which resonate in response to the audio input
The audio example features DI'd & compressed electric guitar processed through the OWL DroneBox patch.

Friday, 29 March 2013

The Incredible String Band's Voice Sitar

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"A voice sitar is a flat board about 4ft long fitted with the same number of strings as the drone strings on a sitar and it includes an electric pick-up and a sending device, enabling you to feed any sound into the instrument, which will vibrate the sympathetic strings. The vibration is picked up and fed back out of the instrument. This is what was done with piano and violin on "Invocation"(U). Our voice sitar is the only one of its kind in the world and was made by an American named Greg Heat. We happened to hear it while in the States and asked if we could buy it."

All that needs to be added is that Robin's voice was, of course, also put through the instrument, giving it that wonderful eerie, oracular quality. After Invocation, the voice sitar was never used again by the band. Theirs was the prototype and Heat reportedly never made another.

text from Melody Maker interview, November 1970, printed in

BeGlad: An Incredible String Band Compendium

If you have any more information about the Voice Sitar, please get in touch.