Mammoth Beat Organ workshop and demo, London

On Saturday 15th December, me and Sam Underwood will run a workshop (3pm) and a demo (7:30pm) with the Mammoth Beat Organ, both at Iklektik in London. Info on both below.

Hack the Mammoth Beat Organ
Sat, 15th Dec 2018 @ 15:00 – 17:00
Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Ln, London SE1 7LG

Join us for the first ever opportunity to hack Sam Underwood and Graham Dunning’s amazing music machine the Mammoth Beat Organ, a modular, mechanical music contraption. Designed as a two-player, semi-autonomous musical instrument, it plays unusual, sometimes erratic compositions drawing on drone music, minimalist repetition and fairground organ techniques.

In this two hour workshop, participants are invited to get up close to the machine and experiment with some of the mechanical sound-making modules: the Rhythm Unit, which plays beats via hot-swappable cams; the Wind Sequencer, which sends blown air down a series of tubes depending on a chosen sequence; and the Wheel Unit which runs a tombola, a record player and an intonamouri.

Having become familiar with the system and how it works, participants are invited to make and hack some DIY instruments to use on the machine: shakers, pipes, whistles, rollers, beaters and fog horns. Furthermore, the workshop is an opportunity to test new ideas on the setup, and help us explore new possibilities we might not have considered.

A wide selection of materials and tools will be available for use, and you’re invited to bring along anything else you want to test out on the machine. We’ll end the session with an open improvisation using all the new bits and bobs on the Mammoth Beat Organ.

Hackoustic Christmas Party 2018
Sat, 15th Dec 2018 @ 19:30 – 23:00
Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Ln, London SE1 7LG

It’s that time of year again – log fires burning, Christmas pudding in the oven and rampant commercialism taking over your consciousness. Give yourself a break from the madness and join us at our annual Christmas party!

We have an incredible lineup – absolutely not to be missed.

Robert is a composer and technologist who’s worked with Massive Attack, Hans Zimmer and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra among many others. He’ll be talking about adaptive systems, algorithmic, generative, stochastic composition, procedural generation and machine learning/artificial intelligence and sharing his experience of working on some of the largest and most exciting projects out there.

Graham Dunning and Sam Underwood will demoing their two-player, semi-autonomous mechanical musical contraption the Mammoth Beat Organ for the first time in London. Check out this How Do They Make It !? video for a preview of this amazing machine. Sam and Graham will also be running a workshop in the afternoon where you’ll have a chance to hack the organ for yourself. Tickets for that will be released soon so keep your eyes on our social channels.

Alessia will present her project Aural Fabric fresh from Ars Electronica 2018. The installation is an interactive textile map that reveals the sonic character of the architectural and natural elements encountered during a soundwalk of Greenwich, London.

Andrew will be premiering his brand new and interactive Water Bowl Piano. Some of you may remember his installation Kinetic Tones from previous Hackoustic events and we can’t wait to see his latest work!


The Hackoustic Orchestra will make it’s return – expect to be astonished by a musical extravaganza the like of which has never been seen :)
Instrument building with Vulpestruments and Tim Yates
The wonderful #BarrysLounge, our resident DJ and Design Thinker!


Mechanical Techno & live coding set for super/collider, London

Final outing for the mechanical techno setup this year on Wednesday  5th December at Ace Hotel in London, playing alongside maker/noisemaker Look Mum no computer. Full details below.

Advance tickets here.
Facebook event page here.

super/collider presents: Sound Machines

Wed 5 December 2018, 19:00 – 22:00
Miranda, Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ

join us for “sound machines”, part of super/collider’s “science of sound” series at Miranda in the basement of Ace Hotel, London. There will be live performances of DIY sound machines from Graham Dunning and the opportunity to handle creations by Look Mum No Computer. Graham Dunning will perform “Mechanical Techno” which comprises of several looping records which spin on the same axle, ensuring they stay in time. Dunning then layers up groove records, audio triggers, analogue synths and mechanical percussion such as cowbells or cymbals. The result is a fascinating live performance which can never be exactly replicated. Look Mum No Computer will perform, demonstrating how the machines work. He will then set up a range of DIY sound machines, including modular synths, the a hundred oscillator megadrone, a lightsaber theremin and circuit bent furbies so that you have the opportunity to try the machines out for yourself.

Mechanical Techno for Electrons Libres, Stereolux, Nantes, France

Thursday 29th November 2018, Stereolux, Nantes, France

With this new edition, Electrons libres shows the diversity of possibilities offered by the live AV, between retro-futuristic storytelling (Boris Chimp 504), DIY virtuoso (Graham Dunning), electronic mountains climbing (Cliffs), generous experiments (Ofer Smilansky) and even laser concerto (Robin Fox).

A fascinating composition for analog instruments and luminous material, audiovisual lives shaking up perceptions, an electronic performance born from a crazy assembly of homemade mechanics … These electrons from around the world are once again free of all codes to deliver an unbridled view of the current creation.

Full details: website.

The Groyne Gallery: A Sound Response (London)

The Groyne Gallery is probably the largest gallery in Britain. It is almost two miles long – at low tide. At high tide it can disappear or be difficult to locate. Sally Child, former director of the blue Museum of Smallish obsessions (bMoSo), saw the potential for the gallery at Walton-on-the-Naze in 2011.

The Groyne Gallery: A Sound Response
Sunday 25th November 2018, 17:00

The Intimate Space
St Mary’s Tower, Hornsey Village, London N8 7QB

Live performances: sonic responses to the Groyne Gallery

Graham Dunning
Sue Phillips/Tom Phillips
Shona Handley/Adam Kinsey
Laura Sampson
Dominique Golden
Kate Squires
Helen Maurer
Lou Barnell/Sally Child

The running order for the event will be randomly selected on Sunday.
Mulled wine and tea will be served at some stage.
It is a gorgeous venue but dress warmly as it is quite likely to be a bit chilly!

There are no toilets at the tower but the pub across the road and the cafe nearby are happy to let people use their facilities.

No admission charge but donations very welcome.

Random Duos, London

This Friday, 23rd November, I’ll join a host of other improvisers at Hundred Years Gallery, in a random selection improvising duos – drawn from the hat.  Organised by John Macedo, other performers include: Sam Andrea, Matt Atkins, Lucia H Chung, Brigitte Hart, Sue Lynch, James L Malone, Yoni Silver, Tom White and Otto Willberg.

Full info on the gallery website, here.


Random Duos
Hundred Years Gallery
13 Pearson St, London E2 8JD
Friday 23rd November 19:30
A night of short improvised duo performances curated by John Macedo, where players names are picked out of a hat and paired off with other players in random duo combinations.


Random String Coventry: Mechanical techno demo, workshop & performance

Random String: Ludic Rooms’ biennial festival of arts, play and technology returns to venues across Coventry. Performances, exhibitions and workshops in unexpected places with music, dance, visual arts and making for all the family to enjoy and explore together.

I’ll present a demonstration at the symposium, a workshop and a live set over the weekend. Details on each below, or more from the festival website here.

Friday 16th, daytime: Mechanical Techno demo at symposium
Warwick Arts Centre

What does ‘live’ mean in the age of real-time technologies?

A playdate for artists and cultural organisations interested in playing and making work with technology. Space for inspiration, discussion and sharing. The Random String Symposium is a one-day event for artists and arts professionals, exploring the use of interactive & networked technologies in the creative process.

Hear from practitioners from across the UK and overseas, join frank conversations about the practicalities of using technology in your work and explore a showcase of interdisciplinary work.

Full details: website / facebook

Saturday 17th, daytime: Mechanical Techno workshop
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum,Coventry

Following a demonstration of the workings of the mechanical techno setup, participants will make three different types of modified record, each making rhythmical sounds in a different way. Live samples from second-hand vinyl; patterned disks that optically trigger a bass-synth; and pegged-out records for sequenced drum beats.

Finally, each set of three disks will be combined in the tower to create a playable machine-composition.

Participants take away a digital recording of their track and keep any records they’ve made (or ruined).

Full details: tickets / facebook


Saturday 17th, evening: Mechanical Techno live / Swoomptheeng
The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry

In Mechanical Techno, several looping records spin on the same axle, layering up locked groove records, audio triggers to analogue synths, mechanically played percussion and mechanically triggered drum machines.

If the trend in recent dance music has been to artfully engineer a certain wonkiness into an otherwise strict digital framework, Dunning has found the appeal of the precise reverse: struggling to maintain grid-like rigidity in a system inherently antagonistic to it. – Wire Magazine, August 2015

Swoomptheeng are a Birmingham-based art collective providing “Rave Craft, Zombie Bass and Ritualised Punk Technology”.
Performing in brightly-coloured masks, this band of culture-mashing, mischievous, woodcrafting oddballs return to Random String and will perform their music live using homemade electrical controllers.

If you ever wondered what would happen if youth culture was reinterpreted by people that lived in a swamp with only YouTube for reference, it might look like this.

Full details: tickets / facebook

Snare drum set for Noizemaschin!!!, London

To mark the release of my new tape Keg/Bulkhead on Courier Sound, I’m playing a live set of snare drum scrapes and drones at Noizemaschin!!! on Tuesday 13th November.  The show takes place at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, London, and has the unique structure that each short set overlaps with those before and after it; a sausage-machine of sound.  Details below, facebook event page, here.

NoizeMaschin!! London #21

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 from 19:00-22:30
Amersham Arms
388 New Cross Road, SE14 6TY London, United Kingdom

Hot, fresh sounds for the cold season featuring the expected array of diverse approaches to the noise-based medium!

Entry: Pay-what-you-can (£5 suggested)


Graham Dunning – Electromechanically activated drones made using snare-drum and objects. [New cassette Keg / Bulkhead released on Courier on 12th November]

ANTI_MUSIC – Audiovisual eye candy feathered with lengthy sampled beats and found samples

Cyanching Wu – An exploration of hidden music elements, a minimalist aesthetic articulating a political voice

Martin Delaney – Real time composition live jams with limited hardware

Cath Roberts & Dee Bryne – Long term collaborators Dee Byrne (alto saxophone) and Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone) continue their ongoing conversation in this improvising duo

Flying Oyster Card – Sounds of the real world and synthetic transformations

Legitimate Concerns – Improvised poetry and sound, inhabiting contemporary political apostrophising of a sufficiently “real” subject

​Ciocia Ola – Free improvised, laptop infused soprano saxophone

​Slow Loris – Experimental electronica meets free improv; live improvised counterpoint


Poster image courtesy of Martin Delaney –


Also, check out the Noizemaschin!! website: for more information on our international network of experimental music making!