This is the very reason I want TangibleFX to take off, I believe that, between us, we have the ability to drive the next evolutionary stage of musical interaction and performance. I want us to help open up music creation to everyone and make music more enjoyable for all involved.
When it comes down to it, music is my life and whenever there’s a spare moment, I’m either listening to it, creating it or doing it, in general there isn’t much music I don’t like. Currently, I have a few projects on the go, but the longest living one is OneState, a punk band formed at Bristol University.
I have an fierce enthusiasm for music which motivates me to undertake a multitude of musical endeavours. I play drums in a couple of bands – Ruckus Collective and OneState, DJ at various club nights in Bristol, produce music for live bands, DJs and MCs and I put on a weekly club night at Dojo Lounge in Bristol.
I found my strengths at Bristol University in my third year of computer science when I developed an idea I had for a final year project using various sensors to control instrument effects (The Augmentalist). This was the first of its kind, and 2 papers I wrote based on the project were accepted to TEI & NIME conferences. In January 2011, I went to the TEI conference in Madeira to talk about my system amongst other interaction designers and engineers.
The satisfaction I got from The Augmentalist came from watching musicians enjoying themselves and creating new exciting music using something that I had made. I was good friends with Lee throughout university and when he suggested the idea of working together on The Hat I jumped at the chance to try and give that feeling to more musicians. I believe that we can have a positive impact on the way that music is created, and the thought of this inspires me on a daily basis.
I make stuff happen. I’m a technologist at heart with business development and marketing skills, and I want to change the world.
After graduating from Cambridge University in Computer Science, I set out to create companies where I could use (and learn) a far wider range of skills than I developed in education. I have always enjoyed the challenges of multidisciplinary work. As well as founding my own consultancy company in technology marketing, I was a co-founder of the UK’s leading table football operator – FoosballUK, and I worked for 9 months at XMOS where I discovered a passion for developing electronics.
I am also a founder and director of several other companies – from electronics to web-design.
I met Lee in late 2010 and his prototype demonstration of our first product was unbelievable – far beyond what you would expect from a prototype. We decided to create TangibleFX to bring this product – and many more – to market.