Monday, 13 August 2012

Sound Wall at Donna Louise Hospice Garden

I promised some photos of the Sound Wall we installed at the Donna Louise Hospice 'Tree Tops' in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.

The new sensory garden in which the sound wall sits, was official opened by the Heslop family from Fenton in Stoke-on-Trent and Matthew Wilson who is now chairman of the Greenfingers Charity who played a great part in the creation of the garden helped by Honda uk Lawn and Garden, Veolia Enviromental Services and Staffordshire County Council Aim High for Disabled Children Programme

Shaun and I were at the official opening event representing echomap, demonstrating the wall and discussing the various applications of our interactive installations. We were quite pleased with the interest we received from guests and parents who were amazed at the soundscapes that can be created by the installation.

We have since received excellent feed back from the Hospice who are only just beginning to learn about the potential application of the Sound Wall and its ability to surprise and entertain as well as being a therapy aid for the children attending the Hospice.

To learn more about echomap interactive sound installations go to

Friday, 13 July 2012

Judging amazing gardens

I was invited back this year to judge for the Newcastle-under-Lyme, Britain in Bloom, residential garden and hanging basket competition, which once again gave me the opportunity to look at some amazing gardens and chat to some very interesting gardening characters. There were 32 entries in this years competition and the standard was mind blowing, the dedication and passion along with ingenuity that goes into the creation of many of the gardens we viewed was inspiring.

Marcus Chilton-Jones curator of the Dorothy Clive Garden  was my judging partner in this very difficult journey, part of which was quite emotional when we discovered many of the life story's behind the creation of some of the gardens presented to us.

Once again we were judging for :- overall winner - gardens, overall winner - hanging baskets, most environmentally friendly garden and best newcomer. Additional awards were added this year which will be announced during the presentation in October. In addition to the special awards there will be gold, silver and bronze prizes awarded. The point system which we were working to which was devised by the Newcastle Borough Council as proved itself once again to be a very fair and comprehensive system and helped us immensely in the judging process.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Tribe Magazine Article and CRE8 Radio

The Pulse Sound Sculpture by echomap is featured in the Tribe Magazine blog this week. Pulse is currently exhibiting at the Martin Bush Gallery Plymouth until September. This is the second time the sculpture is exhibiting at Martins Gallery due to the popularity of the piece and its recent showing at the HLM Architects Summer Party which was held at the Royal William Yard Plymouth.  Check out the blog for more info and please visit the Gallery if you are in the area he has some stunning work currently on show.

Shaun and I were invited by Leeka of the the Kulture Klub show on CRE8 Radio yesterday to discuss echomap sound art installations. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the CRE8 studio. There is a repeat of the show on 6Towns Radio next Wednesday.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

ccMixter Track

ccMixter is a wonderful remix site on which I have created some very interesting tracks under the creative commons licence. Its usually this time of year I visit the site to see what it has to offer to tempt my creative juices. I should visit more often there is a wonderful array of talent there.

This is my latest offering from the site called 'I See you Every Morning' featuring the wonderful voice and lyrics  of  CiggiBurns  from her song 'Canary Wharf'

I`m Intrigued!

I am intrigued by this wonderful sound installation that I stumbled upon at West Park in Wolverhampton, it’s obviously been there quite a while and there are no details regarding who designed it or the reason for its existence.

This is a stunning example of excellent design in function and obviously standing up to the test of time with the added challenges of an interactive sound installation. I`m well impressed (can you tell!)

Can anyone can shed some light about the origin of this installation and let me know, this guy or gal needs some credit if not already given.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Trentham Gardens Tours: A tour in the sun

Trentham Gardens Tours: A tour in the sun: AT LAST !!! if the weather forecast is to believed I will be conducting a tour at Trentham Gardens in the sun today and it actually might be...

Monday, 23 April 2012

Princess Anne to check our Pulse

Shaun and I will be introduced to Princess Anne as the creators of Pulse long with other Artists exhibiting, during her visit to the new Jubilee 2 Health and Wellbeing centre in Newcastle under Lyme.

For those in the know we have been exhibiting our interactive sound installation Pulse at the Perspectives gallery  since December 2011.

So we will be there  bright and early to be briefed on protocol etc and get the chance to introduce ourselves, we are hoping that this boost of activity around Pulse will spread the word about our innovative products and service.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Sensor developments hold on to your seats !.

If one could wish to get excited about the notion of sensor housing development then nows the time to bite your lip, cos this next post could be quite a rush !!!!.

Behold !! Our new sensor housing !!!. 
After lots of head scratching and test bed development in various locations to extreme weather conditions we have the new improved sensor enclosure which quite frankly we are proud of.

The enclosure ensures quick replacement of sensors if needed and can be applied to all of the sensor types we currently use. The enclosure can also be adapted for use in any of our other sound installation applications.

This is just one more step in the development of our unique sound therapy and sensory sound installations by Echomap

Monday, 13 February 2012

Video of Pulse

Here be a short stills video of our sound sculpture Pulse so named because the sculpture can pick up your pulse if you place your hands on the sculpture within certain areas of the piece and the software then produces soundscapes based on the rhythm of your pulse. Cool or wot.

Pulse from MonkeyTrial on Vimeo.