This is my blog where I share work that excites me, and work of my own at Sound Motives Studio.

Technology Intelligence Podcast: Episode 2 – The Future of Cars

Technology Intelligence Podcast: Episode 2 – The Future of Cars

I’m currently producing the Technology Intelligence podcast series for The Telegraph. I’m making 6 episodes, with delivery deadlines every fortnight. For each episode we focus on a different sector which is being disrupted by technology, and speak with 3 entrepreneurs and an academic. By the end of the episode, the aim is for the audience to get an idea of how we got to where we are today, what innovations are steering today’s industry, and where all this might lead in the future.

For episode 2 we looked at how the auto industry is being disrupted.

It’s been fascinating to learn more about how this 100 year old industry is adjusting (or not) to change, whether that’s reticence to move away from the internal combustion engine (and towards renewal energy sources such as batteries and super-capacitors) or the established companies’ willingness to embrace alternative models of ownership. As in recent years we’ve become more accustomed to renting/subscribing to services and thus less willing to make upfront investments, many start ups are looking to develop the Netfix or Spotify model, but for your transportation needs. This could be seen as threatening the fundamental assumption of the auto industry; that cars need to be bought, and built-in obsolescence etc allows the industry to keep on selling and selling!

And of course, we also look at one of the most fundamental disrupters impacting the industry right now, the arrive of driverless cars/autonomous vehicles.

Thanks very much to all our contributors:
Jim Heathcote – Superdielectrics (supercapacitors)
Hugo Spowers – Riversimple (Hydrogen)
Felix Leuschner – Drover (Mobility As a Service)
Paul Newman – Oxbotica (Autonomous Vehicles)
Glenn Lyons – Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility
Beate Kubitz – TravelSpirit Foundation Director of Policy and Communications

Episode 3 looks at the future of work.

Technology Intelligence Podcast: Episode 1 – The Future of Money

Technology Intelligence Podcast: Episode 1 – The Future of Money

In mid-March I was asked to produce a new podcast series for The Telegraph, around a new initiative from the paper, Technology Intelligence.

Technology Intelligence is a major new journalism initiative from the Telegraph.

Our mission is to chronicle for our audience the technological revolution going on around us, and to campaign to harness it to ensure that Britain’s society and economy are retooled for the challenges of a new, global era.

With a brand new team of reporters, writers and editors based in London and Silicon Valley, our aim is to establish the Telegraph as the leading UK publisher of technology journalism.

With rapid turn-around times and delivery deadlines, it’s been challenging and yet hugely rewarding. In the last couple weeks I’ve spent much of my time researching sectors which are being disrupted by technological innovations, contacting contributors across business and academia, and together with the presenter Harry de Quetteville, interviewing this contributors and shaping these conversations into a 30-35 minute podcast.

It also involved doing field recordings across various locations across London: getting cash out at Victoria Station, on the underground, in a coffee shop and out on the street by Silicon Roundabout. Although I must have looked odd with a shotgun mic pointed at a cup of tea, it was fun to do.

It’s a 6-part series, with episodes dropping every 2 weeks through until the beginning of June, which will keep me busy until then. Episode 2, focusing on ‘the future of transport’ drops on Friday 6th April.

Here’s the Telegraph article page:

And here’s the podcast’s RSS feed:
Or the iTunes page if you’d prefer:

Strrr TV – Marie Jacotey

Strrr TV – Marie Jacotey

Back in February I headed down to Bermondsey to shoot another episode of Strrr TV with french illustrator Marie Jacotey.

Check the episode here!

Marie Jacotey is a London-based, French artist, whose work has established her as an enduring and charming presence on the contemporary British art scene. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2013, Marie’s work has been presented in various solo and group exhibitions in London, Brussels, New York and Paris, and as part of Bloomberg’s New Contemporaries. She’s now represented by Hannah Barry Gallery in London. She has notably collaborated with McQueen and the Turner Prize Winning ‘Assemble’, and her drawings can be found in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Her first artist book, ‘Dear Love Who Should Have Been Forever Mine’, was published in 2015. With upcoming commissions from the London Underground, a solo show at Ballon Rouge in Paris, and an animated film currently in development, Marie Jacotey’s intimate and at times provocative portrayals of relationships are set to gain further exposure in 2018. In her Strrr episode, Marie explores inspirational artists, musicians and thinkers, whilst reflecting on fashion, classic French cinéma and childhood memories.

Below are a couple video screengrabs.

Here are some examples of Marie’s work, pulled from the Hannah Barry Gallery website.

 

Speaking at Music And Communities Conference 4 – Bucharest

Speaking at Music And Communities Conference 4 – Bucharest

At the end of the month I’ll be speaking at the Music And Communities Conference 4 in Bucharest, for Black Rhino alongside Orpheu de Jong, from Amsterdam’s Red Light Radio. It will be my first time in Romania, so very much looking forward to it!

Our fourth conference is bringing under the spotlight the world of online radio stations. We will discuss with our guest speakers the beginnings of online radios, how a station is managed, the projects such a platform can develop and the value they add to the music communities around them. 

 

♬ ♬ Orpheu de Jong:
The man born Orpheu de Jong is a Red Light Radio co-founder celebrated for the breadth and depth of his taste and the passion with which he plays. Closely linked with the acclaimed Dekmantel crew for who he is in house designer, Orpheu is a big but back stage player on his native scene, and is now rightfully making a mark on the wider world.

 

Based in Amsterdam but very much with one foot in the cosmos, Orpheu The Wizard has been surprising and delighting people with his unconventional sets for years and years…

 

The Dutchman has done so with little fanfare before now, because his skills have simply spread through the mouths of those astounded by what they have heard when they see him play. It’s hard describe what goes down in one of his sets, the distinguished selector is not afraid of taking left turns, serving up curveballs and doing the unexpected.

 

Taking real pride and joy in unearthing and sharing his usually musical treats, Orpheu The Wizard is musically curious and invites his audiences to be so too. As versatile as he is eclectic, you are as likely to be floating in outer space one moment as you are rooted to a beat the next.

 

♬ ♬ David O’Donnell:
David O’Donnell is a creative producer and director with a vast experience in radio stations. He produced Gilles Peterson shows on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, BBC Radio6 Music and BBC Radio1; he also produced shows for Red Bull Studios Radio.
Until last year David was Managing Director of Worldwide FM radio, planning and implementation of the design, strategy, staffing and launch of the station, from brand identity and web/app development, through to on-air scheduling and talent acquisition.

Strrr TV – Gilles Peterson

Strrr TV – Gilles Peterson

When Daniel Brandt asked me to get involved with Strrr TV, with a focus on London’s ‘superstars and brilliant newcomers hailing from the world of music, art, design, film, and fashion’, Gilles Peterson was one of the first people I got in touch with, and it turns out his is the first episode I produced.

Despite having working with Gilles for years, I learnt new things from the videos he chose, particularly discovering more about the jazz funk and soul club scene of the 80s, and how it left such a lasting impression on him. It looked like a fun time to be clubbing!

Check the full episode out here.

Here are a couple video screengrabs from the shoot.

Kojey Radical – After Winter (videography)

Kojey Radical – After Winter (videography)

Here’s a live performance from Kojey Radical’s appearance on Kate Hutchison’s Worldwide FM show in August 2017.

It was filmed on my Sony A7s with a 24-105mm lens on a shoulder rig, and colour graded with Film Convert.

Worldwide FM talk at Glug x WeTransfer Event

Worldwide FM talk at Glug x WeTransfer Event

Last summer I was asked by Rob Alderson to talk at the Glug x WeTransfer ‘Passion Projects’ event in Shoreditch. It was a good opportunity to consolidate my thoughts on the launch of the station, and the first year of running Worldwide FM, as well as articulating the strategy for year 2, and the thinking behind it. A slightly scary but enjoyable experience.

Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander

A few weeks back, researching people for Strrr TV, I was reminded of the photographer Nadav Kander. I first came across his work when a former girlfriend brought me to see his show ‘Yangtze, The Long River’ back in 2010. By chance, early this year I walked by Flowers Gallery in Shoreditch and saw he was exhibiting ‘Dark Line – The Thames Estuary’, where he combines his photography with installations and a video piece.

Whilst reading about Nadav online, I came across a number of interesting videos which tell his story, whilst shedding some light on his creative process, and what motivates him.

WeTransfer’s A Message From Earth – Music Section

WeTransfer’s A Message From Earth – Music Section

In November, for the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Golden Record project, I produced the music section for WeTransfer’s A Message From Earth. 

The brief was wonderfully broad; programming, producing and delivering a music section which attempts to reflect the diversity of music on planet earth, and explore the experience of musicians today.

We approached this project in two ways, firstly by commissioning six music mixes from musicians and DJs on six continents, including:

  • DJ Soul Sister (North America)
  • Dengue Dengue Dengue (South America)
  • DJ Edu (Africa)
  • Lefto (Europe)
  • Maft Sai of Studio Lam (Asia)
  • Jordan Rakei (Australasia/Oceania)

Secondly, we shot six interviews with working musicians from six continents across two days. Each hosted by Gilles Peterson, each interview explores the musicians’ stories, examining the role ‘home’ has played in their music and how outside influences have effected their pursuit of a life in music. Musicians included:

  • Christian Scott (North America)
  • Luzmira Zerpa of Familia Atlantica (South America)
  • DJ Juls (Africa)
  • Nubya Garica (Europe)
  • Fatima Al Qadiri (Asia)
  • Nai Palm of Haitus Kaiyote (Australasia/Oceania)

Over Christmas extended edits of the interviews were broadcast alongside each continent’s corresponding mixes. You can find them HERE.

Strrr TV

Strrr TV

Since finishing at Mistral Productions, I’ve linked up with Daniel Brandt and the Berlin team at Strrr TV, working as their UK editor. It’s been a lot of fun so far,  allowing me to use my audio and video production background, whilst getting to research, contact and collaborate with all sorts of interesting people across the London creative community.

STRRR is the future of horizon-expanding television. Where superstars and brilliant newcomers hailing from the world of music, art, design, film, and fashion present their favorite clips and films through the nearly unlimited archives of the Internet. Each meticulously crafted episode presents a self-portrait of the selector, which allows us new insight into their life and work.

If you’re not yet familar with Strrr TV, check it out HERE.

The brief from Strrr in terms of contributors is wonderfully broad, and so it’s been a great opportunity to research and explore, to discover all sorts of people who are passionate about their specialism, and furthermore through their episodes, discover all kinds of  inspirational content.

Since getting involved, I’ve discovered some amazing stuff through the already published episodes from the first 3 series, including John Berger’s Ways of Seeing BBC series and Maurice Ravel’s – Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (videos below).

My first Strrr TV shoot was in December with producer Arthur Baker, who worked with Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol, and New Order.

I have programmed a bunch of future episodes with musicians, artists, designers and journalists. They will be published in coming weeks, so I’ll post them here as they premiere.

One of the first episodes I’ve programmed and produced drops on Friday, and appropriately it’s with a guy I’ve worked with for years, Gilles Peterson. He presents clips on London pirate radio, the jazz funk scene of the 80s, lower league football, some comedy and endurance running, and it’s well worth a watch.

You can check Strrr TV out HERE.

In-depth audio interviews and content discoveries, courtesy of today’s finest electronic musicians.