Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Pulse moved to new home

Pulse was installed yesterday into the Perspective Gallery at the new Jubilee 2 building, Newcastle- under-Lyme Staffordshire.

“PULSE” is a sound installation that creates interactive soundscapes in real-time.
“PULSE” has been created by musicians Shaun Bailey and Clive Mollart of MonkeyTrial, and by the sculptor Tim Potts.
In this installation soundscapes are created and controlled by software developed by Shaun Bailey. Interaction with the sculpture produces soundscapes in real-time, and 'of the moment'.
The sculpture inspired by the movement of a sound wave, is formed from resin with a rough tactile surface to specifically encourage interaction and exploration of the piece.
Sensors mounted in the sculpture give visitors the opportunity to interact with the soundscape and the sounds produced are always within the context of the music, triggering the same sensor twice may often produce different results.
Alternatively, should visitors just want to listen, the technology detects when the sensors are idle and will then react by creating more elements within the soundscape.

Pulse will be at the Perspectives Gallery until March 2012.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Pulse sound sculpture photos and sound

Pulse is now exhibiting at the Martin Bush Gallery Plymouth until 4th Dec. The installation is creating quite a lot of interest as a fringe event to the British Art Show which is also taking place at Plymouth .

 I thought a few pictures of the sculpture and a recording of the sound it creates in realtime with no interaction will provide a taster of the exhibition which is well worth a visit. We hope to exhibit Pulse closer to home later this year and into 2012. Details soon.

We wanted to take some video footage of the installation, but the Gallery was so busy and noisy during our visit and during installation it was impossible to get a noise free opportunity so we hope to arrange a less busy day later when we next visit.

The setup was quite stress free and the sounds created in the wonderful ambiance of Martins Gallery is stunning we are very pleased with the installation and await reaction to the concept.


Any hoo enjoy the pictures and  soundscape created by Pulse.


This is an example of the soundscape produced by the 'pulse' installation when idle. The music is created in real-time by our own software. In the live installation it's not a recording - there are no loops - it constantly changes but always remains the same.
Copyright Shaun Bailey and Clive Mollart, 2011.
credits
released 30 October 2011
Shaun Bailey, Clive Mollart





Monday, 31 October 2011

New MonkeyTrial Recording



This is a recording of Shaun and I creating a improv performance at the Bignal End CC on the 22nd October 2011. In front of a very appreciative audience.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

'Pulse' Sound Sculpture

A new development in the world of MonkeyTrial is the creation of a new Sound Sculpture 'Pulse'. Details below


 “PULSE” is a sound installation that creates interactive soundscapes in real-time.
“PULSE” has been created by musicians Shaun Bailey and Clive Mollart of MonkeyTrial, and by the sculptor Tim Potts.
In this installation soundscapes are created and controlled by software developed by Shaun Bailey. Interaction with the sculpture produces soundscapes in real-time, and 'of the moment'.
The sculpture inspired by the movement of a sound wave, is formed from resin with a rough tactile surface to specifically encourage interaction and exploration of the piece.
Sensors mounted in the sculpture give visitors the opportunity to interact with the soundscape and the sounds produced are always within the context of the music, triggering the same sensor twice may often produce different results.
Alternatively, should visitors just want to listen, the technology detects when the sensors are idle and will then react by creating more elements within the soundscape.
The installation is a fringe event to coincide with the British ArtFair, Plymouth and will be at the Martin Bush Gallery from 29th October until the 4th December 2011.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Judging for britain in bloom


I have spent the last two days venturing out of my little office into the great wide world of judging for the Newcastle-under-Lyme, Britain in Bloom, residential garden and hanging basket competition which was a very interesting and enjoyable two days.


In my line of work I tend to only visit gardens in which the owner is desperate to achieve horticultural excellence in a redesigned makeover garden which I hope would eventually mature into a garden the owner would make their own mark on over time, but to be given the chance to wander round in most cases a garden which you would aspire to, turned into the two most interesting days of my year so far.


Myself and Marcus Chilton-Jones curator from the Dorothy Clive Garden  were given the task to visit and judge 24 gardens in the Newcastle Borough over two days, the awards we were judging for were, overall winner - gardens, overall winner - hanging baskets, most environmentally friendly garden and best newcomer. There will be gold, silver and bronze prizes awarded and also a new award for outstanding achievement. The point system which we were working to which was devised by the Newcastle Borough Council was a very fair and comprehensive system which was a joy to work with.


The most interesting part of the whole experience was to meet and listen to the garden owners who were quite obviously very proud of their gardens with good reason. We were audience to thier life story in some cases and how they become gardeners, we were taken through the trials and tribulations of plant loss due to the harsh winter and to learn of the joy in finding a new plant which they proudly displayed and as always in gardening you come across a new plant or gardening tip yourself,  you are forever learning in gardening.

Some times during my 35 years in horticulture  the interst does tend to wain but its times like these when you meet and dicuss gardening with people who still hold on to that passion you have lost, inspires and invigorates you to get your hands dirty once more.

I look forward to returning next year if I am invited.

Monday, 4 July 2011

New mobile mini sound wall

We have been working on new developments and products based on the success of the interactive music therapy system "The Sound Wall" which was lunched at RHS Tatton 2010. The first product is now on the market and is a smaller version of "The Sound Wall" this smaller version which 85cm square by 20cm deep is WiFi capable and portable.


Developed for sensory room areas it can also be developed for outside areas, ideal for sensory gardens as a alternative to the larger permanent sound wall.

The same technology is used as in the larger Sound Wall but with less sensors. We expect this new product to be very popular and we are already gearing up for orders.



To order or request a demonstration on site visit the echomap website.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Clerestory by MonkeyTrial

The clerestory track has been tweaked and remixed  and remastered- it sounds more like it should.

Clerestory was inspired by the effects of light viewed through coloured glass in medieval buildings. Copyright Shaun Bailey and Clive Mollart, 2011.

released 24 April 2011
Clive Mollart: keyboards, programming
Shaun Bailey: guitars, programming



Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Trentham Gardens Tours: Naturalistic Beauty

Trentham Gardens Tours: Naturalistic Beauty: "Now I might be biased because I spent the last three years working in and developing the Eastern Pleasure Garden here at Trentham Gardens in..."

Monday, 9 May 2011

For Sale "The Beast"

After much deliberation and heart felt angst I have decided to sell my beloved MGB GT V8 known affectionately as the "The Beast". This fine example of MG going bonkers down in what was the Factory at Abingdon, by creating a 3.5 Litre two seater sports car squeezing in to the relatively small engine bay the indestructible Buick  V8, proved eventually to be commercial suicide because the car had to compete with the new V8 Ford Capri which was much more successful causing MG to stop production soon after.

I have owned the V8 since 2001 and built many gardens and show gardens with the car using a  small trailer.

I must have turned a few heads at RHS Tatton Park flower show during the build of my first show garden in 2002 manly because it was so odd for some idiot to be using such a car in the first place instead of the usually four seat cab Mitsubishi 4x4`s which many of the garden designers and landscapers had at the time.

The car was used thereafter has my every day transport, it was always a good ice breaker when meeting clients and during garden builds wonderful advertising to.

Anyway, the time as come to lose the old girl to raise some much needed funds for future projects.

Blatantly advertising section !!!. FOR SALE MGB GT Factory V8
One of only 155 produced in Glacier White so Very Rare.
Wesbasto Sunroof
Original V8 Wheels
Recent restoration work done to good Standard incs-  Sill Inner & Outers both sides.  New floor and boot floor. Rear arches.
New petrol tank,rear springs, and clutch.
12months MOT and Taxed.
Bargain at £10500
Interested ? e-mail me clive.mollart@august-garden-designs.co.uk

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

New MonkeyTrial Track !!.



Here be a new MonkeyTrial !! track. Originally created to be submitted to an arts festival but it did`nt get used.

The track will end up on the new MonkeyTrial album which we hope to release soon. The track will be re- mastered for the album, at the moment its in demo format because we were working to a deadline for the festival.
What do you think ??.

The inspiration for the track is  the effects of light viewed through coloured glass in medieval buildings.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Trentham Gardens Sound Wall back on line

The sound wall at Trentham Gardens  was powered down in January 2011 to allow software update and the development of new sensors. This work is now finished and the sound wall is now playing once again. Four of the eight sensors are responsive at the moment and we are awaiting  delivery of recently developed sensors to be configured into the wall.

For those of you not aware of the sound wall garden it was originally built as a show garden for the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2010, it was designed as a music therapy garden which would equally be at home in a school for special needs education or a health-care centre.


One of the unique aspects of the garden is that is houses an interactive sound installation. This is controlled by our own software running in a computer behind a curved wall. Sensors in the wall relay information to the software, which creates music based on a combination of the sensor inputs and its own real-time generative soundscape engine. Triggering a sensor twice may or may not produce the same note, or even the same sound, but the installation is configured to always produce music within a certain context rather than random notes or noises (although it could be configured to do that too, if necessary). The soundscapes produced by the software are always self-consistent, but they never actually repeat, creating an interactive and ephemeral experience. When people interacted with the wall they were really playing an instrument, although it didn't require any musical skill.'

The software powering the Sound Garden was developed by Shaun Bailey of MonkeyTrial.

Click here for an example of the soundscapes produced. MonkeyTrial release music on the Magnatune label , which is available on iTunes, Amazon and other online stores.'

Friday, 21 January 2011

Trentham Gardens Tours

I have been commissioned by The Trentham Estate to provide Garden Tours and Garden Workshops on a free lance basis.

Part of the service is to keep a Blog on garden updates such as what the garden team are doing through out the year

http://trenthamgardenstours.blogspot.com/