Two New Articles in

The latest Soundbytes web magazine is out, and in it, I have two articles.  "Music on Tablets: A Taste of Some iPad Apps" is the start of a bi-monthly column where I hope to write about one of my main areas of research over the past couple of years, the music making potential of touch-screen tablet computers.  A greeting here to all the makers of the software I covered in the article, to the makers of Lemur, AudioBus, Analog Midi Sequencer, Bird Stepper, Thumbjam, Fairlight CMI Pro, Cubasis, Wilsonic, Sector, and Borderlands Granular - many thanks for your programming efforts! Read the article here:

The second article was a review of Echobode, a new sound processor from Sonic Charge, in Sweden.  This is a very flexible frequency shifter/delay/phasing unit with lots of compositional potential, and reasonably priced, too.  Here's a link to that review:




Warren Burt and Simon Edwards - Two New Improvisations - April 29, 2015

On April 29, Simon Edwards and I gave a Performance Seminar at Box Hill Institute, playing four new improvs for the students there, with question and answer periods between each improv.  I had a Zoom recorder going in the front row,and of the four pieces, two of them came out well enough that we felt it would be fun to share them with people.

The first one is called "72 Tone Guitar and 71 Tone iPad." It's played by Simon on my "Small Blue Guitar," which is restrung to all "e" strings, each of which is tuned 1/6th of a semitone above the previous one, yielding a guitar with about an octave and a half range that is tuned in 72 tone equal temperament, and by me on my iPad, using Thumbjam with an "Acoustic Guitar" sample set, tuned to 71 tone equal temperament.  Additionally, the Thumbjam patch is treated by a long delay, which I can turn on and off at will.  The 72 tone guitar is in the centre of the mix, and sounds slightly less treble-y than the iPAd, which seems to exist in a wider stereo spread, and has more high harmonics.  It's 7 minutes long, and we're quite pleased with it.  Enjoy.


72 Tone Guitar and 71 Tone iPad, by Warren Burt and Simon Edwards

The second piece is called "Launchpad and Electric Guitar with Pedals."  I'm playing the Novation Launchpad, which is controlling an iPad full of samples I made last September/October, mostly using graphic synthesis programs and the Bitwiz app.  These mostly make long spectrally changing sound masses.  Simon is playing his electric guitar which goes through a whole plethora of pedals, chief of which is the Electro-Harmonix Hog guitar synthesizer.  Simon makes long chords and textures, which I respond to with clouds of sound, which he responds to with other textures, which I respond to, etc.  We were very pleased with this version of this improv, and we hope you will be too.  It's 13 minutes long.  Enjoy.

Launchpad and Electric Guitar with Pedals by Warren Burt and Simon Edwards


TheThird Rail at Lebowski's on April 26

The Third Rail played a very nice improv gig at Lebowski's, a lovely venue in Moreland, on Sunday night, April 26.  The lineup for the evening was Warren Burt, iPad and iPhone, Gary Butler, guitar and things, Houston Dunleavy, clarinet, Margaret Dunleavy making a most impressive improv debut on vocals, Adam Simmons on winds (including English Horn!), and Ren Walters on guitar and things.  A lovely time was had by all, and many thanks to the crew at Lebowski's for making it happen.  Catherine Schieve filmed a section of the improv using my Sony Experia phone/camera, and the results came out very well.  Here's 12:48 of the proceedings, which was about 1/4 of the gig. Enjoy!


Learning to Play INSIDE the Box...


Our neighbour, David Bromley, got a number of these wooden shipping containers for use in his art gallery, which is right next to Catherine's Ozkiva Shop/Studio.  Lots of people have been thinking of uses for them, but for me, of course, they looked like portable performance spaces.  Which, of course.....I guess it's just an example of learning to think, and perform, INSIDE the box.....the software is Saucillator, running on my Sony Experia Android Phone, on a cold and rainy autumn morning.  Video by Catherine Schieve.


Perfect Harmony at Sonic Gallery

My good friend Le Tuan Hung, who runs the Sonic Gallery, his "Exhibition Space for Experimental and Cross-Cultural Music" has put my piece "Perfect Harmony for David Dunn, up on his website.  Take a click over there and have a look at the website - he has lots of interesting things up there.  In addition to my piece, some recent entries are "Quan Ho Singing in Bac Ninh Region, Vietnam," a long and very interesting paper, "Composing for Japanese Instruments, by Marty Regan," and Le's own "A Song for SKy Bells."  Thanks Le!  It's great to be in such good company!  Here's the link: