Alex Allmont: Portfolio

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Wired Next Generation

Showing my LEGO clock and how exploring ideas in playful ways can help develop new insights and creative tools.

Hong Kong Contemporary 14
HKC 2014 @ The Excelsior, Hong Kong
16th May to 19th May 2014

Featuring Missing Link and videos of my work.

ITV Big Think
ITV Big Think @ BFI Southbank
7th May 2014

An opportunity to see Play House again as part of ITV's event focusing on popular culture in society.

AudioGraft Festival
Audiograft @ OVADA
25th February to 3rd March 2014

Play House is an automata that mechanically computes and performs hooky and hypnotic acid house. A sequence of LEGO gears, levers and latches move to mutate riffs and rhythm patterns. Their motions are played out in real time on analogue drums and synthesisers from the halcyon days of 1980's dance music, while the machine gradually shifts the timbre and space of the sound. With the process and function laid bare one can pick apart the interactions driving the score, seeing sound as it changes in sculpture - or simply rocking out to some fruity acid.

Commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music, Play House has received media attention in, Mixmag and Creators Project. A story entry about the process of the build is on Makezine.

The Mechanical Cabaret
Events @ Museum of the History of Science
13th March to 24th March 2014

A family-friendly drop in at the Museum to make mechanical toys with gears, levers and cams made from card, toothpicks and straws!