Jump to: The All-Enveloping Sound Show, Music On A Long Thin Wire, The Sonic Fridge, The Sound Machine, Pendulum Music

The Sonic Post (ICONS):

A touch-to-MIDI interface for controlling sonic-scapes.

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The BugBrand All-Enveloping Sound Show:

A unique collection of visual and interactive sound exhibits produced by Tom Bugs and brought together in the Here Gallery to create an all-encapsulating sonic experience.

At the end of February the Here Gallery was filled with the other-worldly sounds of three BugBrand sonic pieces. This exhibition, the first at the Here Gallery to focus on sound, further developed existing BugBrand sound pieces and tuned them to fit together sonically in the gallery setting. While inside each piece a deep pulsing electronic heart beat, it was the sonic and interactive aspects that were brought to the front in the exhibition, presenting to people in a highly visual and interactive display an experience of unfamiliar sounds ranging from serenely shifting drones to whooping electronic tones.

At the HERE Gallery, Bristol. 26th Feb to 11th Mar 2005

The Sound Machine

The movements of people around the room are sensed by a post in the centre of the room. This post sends out its information by infrared to little boxes positioned on each speaker frame. The insides of the boxes are filled with chaotic circuits and wires that react and spout sounds in relation to the movements. The sounds are emitted from the speakers and cause vibration of the attached string and pen arrangement, thus transforming movements around the exhibition into random patterns on paper. The Sound Machine was originally devised with Simon Bond and was exhibited as part of the Interact1 show in September 2004

Angry Bugs

Light dependent drone oscillators with pendulum light sources taking inspiration from previous light dependent experiments. The four oscillators together create the sound of swarming insects. Gently push the insects and you will hear the oscillator’s pitch change. When all four pendulums are in motion the tones gradually sway in and out of phase.

The Eternal Drone

A reworking of the Alvin Lucier piece Music On A Long Thin Wire. Three 6 meter guitar strings are vibrated by a magnetic oscillator. The extreme length of the strings gives rise to ever changing overtones thus creating a constantly evolving sonic backdrop to the exhibition.


The basement of the Here Shop & Gallery provided the ideal environment for total sonic immersion - a setting of subdued green lighting, bug stencils, plastic creepy-crawlies and electronic interferences.

Music On A Long Thin Wire:

An interpretation of Alvin Lucier's piece Music On A Long Thin Wire.

A long guitar string is stretched across the stage and driven (vibrated) by an electro-magnet. The extreme length of the wire means that all sorts of overtones appear and the system takes on a unique and ever-changing form.

Beginning in total darkness, candles were gradually placed at intervals under the strings to heat them and bend the pitches.

Performed at the Cube Cinema, Bristol on 14th January 2005

Read an interview with Alvin Lucier about the piece here..

The Sonic Fridge:

A humming, rattling fridge is covered in contact mics to produce a rich sonic tapestry. Freezant flowing and crackling in the freezer box, the rattling of the wire shelves, all amplified to fill the room with an uneasy ambience. In the inner glow of the fridge is seen a tincan that rises up and clatters down at random intervals.

A collaboration with the shady graf artist GhostBoy.

Part of the Jamaica Street Arts Open Studios
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December 2004

Sound Machine:


Pendulum Music:

Pendulum Music was orginally written to use an arrangement of speakers and hanging microphones. The speakers are placed on the floor facing upwards with the microphones positioned above and hanging suspended by their cables, free to swing around. The microphones feed into the speakers and the output level is set so that the system just feeds back when a microphone is directly above its speaker. When a microphone is moved off axis, the feedback subsides. Several similar arrangements are set up.
The performance begins with all the microphones being pulled backwards away from the speakers and simultaneously released so that they begin to swing suspended on their cables. The resulting sound is a wonderful mix of whooping sounds that pass in and out of phase with each other and gradually subside into a steady drone as the microphones come to rest.

BugBrand reconfigured this idea by using specially built light-dependent oscillator boxes and swinging torches.

This show took place in the lush and darkened environment of the Cube Cinema, Bristol.

A Float Records night with Deerhoof and My Ambulance is on Fire, 20th August 2004.