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Jmmmmmmmca Hmmmm, April 2014

Was kindly invited to participate in a discussion of mumbling as sound design in the BBCs adaptation of Jamaica Inn on BBC Radio Ulster's Arts Extra show... Here's an extract from the discussion

Jules Rawlinson Film Sound

INTER/acting, March 2014

Made the long trip to Bangor to talk about graffiti and graphic scores at INTER/actions Symposium on Interactive Electronic Music. Paper examining graffiti using Smalley and Schaeffer in progress!

Jules Rawlinson Found Signature Graffiti Examples

Bleep Forest, March 2014

Delighted to finally play some arpeggiating algo-rhythms with Marcin Pietruszewski in the basement of Edinburgh's Forest Cafe.

Jules Rawlinson Modular, Marcin Pietruszewski Laptop

Image courtesy of Timo Preece

What is Sound Design?, November 2013

Performed Tramps and gave a talk on "Form(s) and Code(s)" at What is Sound Design? Symposium to celebrate 10 years of MSc Sound Design at Edinburgh. Thanks to Martin Parker for organising, and his continued support during my MSc, PhD and subsequently as a colleague at ECA

Seeing Sound, November 2013

Was kindly invited to present a paper at Seeing Sound at Bath Spa Uni on my current research into graffiti as graphic score

Jules Rawlinson Modular, Marcin Pietruszewski Laptop

OCD/DC, July 2013

Clicks, fizz, flutter, splutter and hiss!

Modular synth, gestural control, micro edited monodic study

LLEAPP 2013, April 2013

LLEAPP 2013 from pixelmechanic on Vimeo.

Laboratory for Laptop and Electronic Audio Performance Practice, Inspace, University of Edinburgh, April 2013

The original Edinburgh LLEAPP conveners (Sean, Owen, Lauren and Jules) were successful in attracting funding to host a 2013 event, this time thanks to an ECA Career Development Grant, with additional support from New Media Scotland.

Read more at http://lleapp.blogspot.co.uk/

Crackl(ing) Box(es), October 2012

Another rare appearance of my modular and laptop in the same place at the same time, supporting Ben Vida

Jules Rawlinson Modular and Laptop

Images courtesy of Burhan Saeed

Boys will make noise (part 2), September 2012

A short, hard and fast duet with Christos Michalakos to 'welcome' new students!!

Christos Michalakos + Jules Rawlinson @ The Atrium from Christos Michalakos on Vimeo.

Compose Yourself for the BBC, September 2012

bbc found sound

Invited to facilitate a segment of a BBC programme for schools "to inspire young learners to produce their own musical compositions, no matter their skill level or musical experience". My segment focused on 'Found Sound'.

Generally quite happy with seeing myself on telly, but focus on technical matters meant descriptive words went out the window. Had to follow up with an email to producers: "sounds can be warm, cold, crunchy, squelchy, soft, buzzy, bright, hard, hollow, ringing, sharp etc."

Lauren Hayes from Hakemira and MSO also did a segment!

Radiophonic Workshop, September 2012


Commissioned by The New Radiophonic Workshop to design and develop a Kafka Interactive for Will Self’s digital essay on The Space. Did some chunking using some of the ByteArray methods in Flash (but also got it working as a demo in Web Audio API)

TR-I/O-FON at Dialogues May 12th 2012

I'll be appearing at Bongo Club with Dave Murray-Rust and Owen Green as part of our 'Fractured Dub Bricollage' laptop trio... More information on the Dialogues Website. MA and NeWt will be there too...


HAKEMIRA at Dialogues April 7th 2012

The first of two Dialogues shows for me this spring... this time with Lauren Hayes, Paul Keene and Christos Michalakos as HAKEMIRA

HAKEMIRA @ Dialogues Festival from Christos Michalakos on Vimeo.

Dr. Rawlinson, I presume?

I'm happy to report that as of 28 June 2011, I'm a Doctor! Here's a picture of £40 worth of gold lettering on a £20 box...


A Christmas present to myself!

After four (and a bit) long years I've finally submitted my PhD! Got it in just in time for Christmas too! (22.12.2010)

Thanks to all those who helped make it happen. Read more about it!

Boys will build toys

First up, here's my set supporting Fourcolor and Hervé Boghossian @ Grind Sight Open Eye, June 21st 2010.

pixelmechanic · Jr gsoe voodoo 210610

Since I'm trying to avoid buying new gear, I built myself a new sequencer engine for one section of my gig. It's a loose take on both Boiingg and Bupp!!, with some simple tricks for reversing playback of a trigger lane. Here's a quick demo...

jr.bquencer.mxb from pixelmechanic on Vimeo.

Snap, Pop & Cracklebox @ UniqueBeats - April 2010

Played an OK set at UniqueBeats at the Roxy/Bowery, with stomach churning bass from me and Sean and some great crackle and fizz mangling from Lauren. Recording was a bit clipped (as always!), but got some good video. Sean is rocking his ASys rig and MS10, Lauren's got her Jen and Steim Cracklebox, and as ever I'm playing whatever's currently in my mongrel modular, with emphasis on Livewire AFG and MakeNoise QMMG.

Cracklebox vs Monosynth Orchestra, Unique Beats from ElleEsAich on Vimeo.

Ongoing Dialogue(s) - March 2010

Kept up my record of playing at the Dialogues Festival of Electronic Music with a performance of Mute|Solo (among others) by me, Sean, Owen and Lauren working from my graphic score. You might also want to check our improvised 'Let's get out of here!' for a comedy ending!

Mute | Solo from pixelmechanic on Vimeo.

40 not Out (of the Box) - November 2009

Celebrated my 40th by performing at the Out Of The Box event organised by Owen at UCL.

Played a piece of mine, one of Sean's plus some improv. Here's something starring me and Owen, but not Dave M-R, hence the title!

Two Thirds Of A Good Thing from Sean Williams on Vimeo.

Mute|Solo - Oct 2009

The previously mentioned piece for sampled strings came out really well, and provided me with some new tools and moves. The CD project as a whole looks and sounds great and many of the pieces made it on to Radio 3 including some live performance by me!

See the photos and set list.

You can listen to the piece in the player on the right

Look before you LLEAPP! May 2009

Our research group scored some funding to hold a Laboratory for Live Electronic Audio Performance Practice, inviting practitioners from UEA, Newcastle, SARC and UCL to Edinburgh over 3 days in May, closing with a performance at the Bongo Club.

LLEAPP: Owen Green, Jules Rawlinson, Jamie Thompson from ElleEsAich on Vimeo.

MSO & Asimo - April 2009

MSO played 10 shows in various configurations (Sean solo, Sean & me, me & Lauren, me & Sean & Lauren, me & Sean) to a total of c.8000 people over the weekend of 4/5th April, playing intro and outro slots to ASIMO the Honda Robot as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival.

Here's a nice shot of me & Lauren from this Flickr set



MSO Bowery Bums

MSO played it's most succesful gig to date (IMO anyway!) at new venue The Bowery. MSO consisted this time of me, Sean and Lauren. We've been practising more gestural and more rhythmic pieces and it showed.



I'd scaled down my rig to a Doepfer suitcase, Sean had his ASys rig and repaired Hinton modular (basically EMS), and Lauren found a Jen SX1000 on Gumtree.

Monosynth Orchestra at The Bowery from Sean Williams on Vimeo.


Bupp ScreenshotI was commissioned to produce a soundtoy by New Media Scotland & Lucy Keany for her Fools in Print imprint.

Here's the official blurb... "Created by Sound Designer and Composer Jules Rawlinson around themes of emergence, repetition and difference, Bupp!! scatters cropped and chopped vocal fragments onto a grid-based playspace. Through generative and interventionist gesture, in an act of co-creativity the listener becomes conductor, composer and performer of the piece."

The CD is launched on 1st April (of course!) and I'll post a link to the software after that

Monome at FOS / Minimum Fuss

Haven't updated the site for a while, and am really happy to say the De Montfort gig & talk went really well. Met some great people including John Richards & Chris Watson Threep & Vent Media's set was stunning and gave me plenty of ideas for MSO.

Here's some documentary evidence courtesy of Mike Blow's video mixing skills...

jr.mnm.fos210109 from pixelmechanic on Vimeo

Future Of Sound

Following on from my presentation / contribution to the Cybersonica AVLab (a few posts below) I've been invited to play and talk at Leicester's De Montford University as part of the Future Of Sound Tour with fellow AVLab-bers Mike Blow, Ryan Jordan and Steve Symons

Solo and Hold

My final live date of 2008 saw me play a solo interpretation of 'Sample & Hold' to a full Reid Hall tucked in among a programme of orchestral and chamber works created and played by members of Edinburgh University's Composers Orchestra. Since I was right at the back of the hall I soon forgot the audience was there and got lost in sound. It was great to play my take on 'electroacoustic improv' to a crossover crowd and the piece got a great reaction.

Sample & Hold (Solo, Live), 2008

Cybersonica AVLab

The day after Pole (who / which was great, btw) I made the long journey from Edinburgh to Brighton to participate in Cybersonica AVLab, a week-long residential creative & practical workshop exploring sound, moving image, art and technology. I was there to present my work with 'adaptable, minimalist interfaces' (aka Monome and Wacom). I had a great few days and met some fantastically friendly and productive people who make all sorts of sound and video art including wiimote driven vj apps and digital funfairs! Thanks very much to all involved, especially to Lewis Sykes and Daniel Jones (aka AdHoc) for bigging me up in the first place!

Watch the first 10 minutes of my presentation on YouTube

3 Pole Filter

I'm very excited to announce that I'm supporting Pole on 3rd November at Edinburgh's Voodoo Rooms as part of TR-I/O-FON with Mo-Seph and GungWho?

Behind The Light 2 (With Knobs On)

Monosynth Orchestra will be fronting at Edinburgh's Ark on Halloween, this time joined by composer Shiori Usui. We've got some new strategies and new modules!

Atrium Sample & Hold (Not So Slight Return)

In an attempt to produce a work of 'significant depth and duration', I offer you the latest performance of 'Sample and Hold' recorded binaurally as part of a new semester welcome concert.

Sample & Hold (Duet, Live), 2008

No longer just a 5 minute sketch, this is a lovingly crafted work for two players. For this performance Lauren Hayes aka The Laurel Tree kindly played the other part. There's even a score (of sorts)!


Despite the lack of updates/adverts I've played some good gigs recently at Forest, a solo modular set representing Monosynth Orchestra while Sean was away and a 4 way improvised Laptop bruiser with Mo-Seph, GungWho & Foss

I also managed to brick my iPhone for a day as I attempted to update to 2.0 firmware so that I could install OSCemote, a Lemur-style multitouch interface for iPhone

I've put together a basic max 5 patch to map OSC messages to multislider, matrixctrl, pictctrl etc...

Atrium Sample and Hold

Here's a short live sketch / composed improvisation of work in progress that will eventually be called 'Sample and Hold', chiefly because I'm live sampling and repurposing (via spectral scrubbing and buffer slicing) files triggered from a wacom graphics tablet

Sample & Hold (Live Sketch)

Thanks to Martin Parker for organising the informal airing!

Phantom Power

Monosynth OrchestraThe Monosynth Orchestra Strikes Back was the theme for Grind Sight Open Eye. The founding trio (see post below) took titles from Sean's deck of Empire Strikes Back playing cards as inspiration for improvised tracks

Download some MSO videos from InfraRed

Interesting Work

Boiingg has finally been bounced (sorry!) from the Interesting Work links at Cycling 74. It was there for a while though. I've got a screenshot to prove it!

Boiingg to the Max(5)

BoiinggBoiingg got a free facelift this morning courtesy of the kind folks at cycling74

I was a bit worried that I'd have to spend time resizing objects, but it looks so sexy I might have to start playing with it again!

The old look's on the left, view the new look and download the app at:


Spectrum Festival, Edinburgh 20.04.08

I was kindly invited to play a laptop set at the biannual Spectrum Festival held at Edinburgh's Queens Hall in what was dubbed the 'Electroacoustic Attic'. Armed with Faderfox, Wacom tablet, Monome & my MSP toys, Max crashed about 5 minutes in, just as I was getting into my automaton groove

Luckily I was soundflowering the output into Gleetchlab which stayed up and despite losing my flow, I managed to get running again fairly quickly and based the set around live processing of some prepared modular synth improvisations, dusted with Wacom triggered drones, groans and tones

I was pleased to see it made The Scotsman, who described it as "Outré Electronica". Sadly there's no surviving audio document due to the crash... I didn't want to risk a streamed recording once I'd got things back up!

The Laurel Tree played a great set too!

Vimeo Video Vici

jr.gravity.mxbAs MaxMSP enters a new age, I've put up the files that showcase the JS based interfaces that I built for my MSc final project. Never mind square number boxes, I've finally started to port them to Jitter using jit.gl.sketch etc. for fullfat goodness

See the JS & LCD based interfaces at http://www.vimeo.com/user450885

There's still some detective work to do regarding object dimensions, but the positioning has come together fairly easily

Monosynth Orchestra

The Monosynth Orchestra was initially founded by Sean Williams, Dave Meckin and myself as an open forum for onstage improvisation with analogue monosynths. After a couple of fun gigs at Edinburgh's Forest Cafe we set ourselves the task of performing Morton Subotnick's 'Sidewinder' (we even got his blessing!)

Bolstered by Owen Green, Lauren Hayes and Lin Zhang, with live visuals by Henrik Ekeus and sound projection/diffusion by Rachel Kellett, we performed the piece at Soundings Festival

Visit the Monosynth Orchestra website