My current work involves the use of smart technology, free improvisation and the development of an interactive, digital, graphic scoring system.
My instrument of choice is iPad – running lots of apps like ThumbJam, Samplr, Borderlands and SQRT. I play both free improv in various groupings, working alongside traditional instruments and in a variety of electronic projects. I was a chosen Portfolio Improviser with Sound and Music in 2014.
Currently I am in Hugs Bison, a duo based around 2 iPads. We have been experimenting with all kinds of technology and have a mobile broadcasting system that runs off grid and broadcasts over 3G. Hugs Bison are currently performing an A/V show based on the idea of remixing the town they are in – the debut performance was a residency in Barcelona and a tour of seaside towns is coming up in 2015.
I lead an experiment in large ensemble composition and improvisation – Some Some Unicorn – who have recorded 1 album and should be playing live sometime in 2016.
The graphic score system Capriccio is based in VDMX software with remote controllers like Wii remotes being added in. Capriccio had it’s debut at The Network Music Festival in Birmingham in 2014 and is available for workshops – please contact me for details
I am an experienced workshop leader and specialise in creative technology, working with the community, schools and arts organisations to get the best creative use out of new technology. This has seen augmented reality exhibitions in primary schools, internet radio broadcasts from 18th century water mills, comics about Vikings, animations, film making, photography and online blogging.
Shaun Blezard – Days Dying In The West
Capriccio at N( )rth Contemporary Arts Festival
‘I found the workshop incredibly inspiring. I thought you created a calm, welcoming and engaging environment and the graphic score was a great way of encouraging the players to express themselves whilst listening to others and not drowning each other out. It’s made me think differently about improvised music and how to approach it.’ – Roger (Participant)