Sunday, 20 September 2009

Friday, 18 September 2009


Mixing the 'Black Sea of Trees' piece in Pro-Tools HD3 on a great Digidesign ICON D Command Desk in 5.1 surround sound.

The inaugural show of creative digital media work from Culture Lab, showcasing a diverse range of interactive digital media art and live electronic performance by the Culture Lab research community

Culture Lab: Render includes work by students from the Digital Media Master of Research programme, Culture Lab residents and regional practitioners working with Culture Lab.

Culture Lab: Render serves as a platform for the presentation of research towards a concept for a regional "space" dedicated to the exhibition of creative digital media work.

OPENING RECEPTION:Friday, 25th September 2009 - 7-9pm
EXHIBITION DATES:Saturday, 26th September to Tuesday, 29th September 2009 12pm - 8pm
12-14 Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

Regional Practitioners working with Culture Lab:

Benjamin Freeth and Nick Able

Black Sea of Trees

"The intense atmosphere of ancient forests, ghostly guitar drone, haunted weather and butoh inspired movement - A unique 5.1 installation."

Improvised Dance performance by Surface Area Dance Theatre on opening night.

Original Concept by Benjamin Freeth

Produced by Nick Able and Benjamin Freeth


Nick Able - sitar, production, engineering, 5.1 mix (Ravi & Anoushka Shankar)

Phil Begg - guitar, effects, laptop, field recordings (Hapsburg Crow, Hapsburg Braganza, Chalfont, Domovoi)

Benjamin Freeth - laptop, synth, shahi bajaa, singing bowls, field recordings (++YELM++, Bong, Surface Area)

Molly Hodkinson - dance (Surface Area Dance Theatre)

Mike Smith - percussion, pedals (Lobster Priest, Bong)

Nicole Vivien Watson - choreography, dance (Surface Area Dance Theatre)

Supported by Institute of Digital Innovation and Culture Lab.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Photo Shoot

Photo shoot for an upcoming project. Great work from a fantastic photographer -

Saturday, 5 September 2009


Kings Cross...for the millionth time...i should set up a bed here...
The Live Room at Brick Lane Studios. Known for its great sound. Queens Bohemian Rhapsody vocals were recorded in this very room.
Brick Lane Studios- previously owned by Producer Trevor Horn. Many great artists recorded here. Madonna, Seal, Queen.....
Time to eat!!

Whats on my desk today??? Surround Sound...this is HARD WORK!!

My main workstation area (being upgraded) with part of my 5.1 Surround Sound Monitor System by Blue Sky.
The multichannel options available in Logic Pro! Oh yes, Apple rules!!!

more BSOT....

Editing out hiss and other unwanted noise with the great program Soundtrack Pro! Apple rules!
Phil Begg- Musician, AMAZING MUSIC BY THIS GUY!!! (see enc link)
Graphic EQ
Keeping time whilst recording...

BSOT cont....

Trying some other stuff with Ableton...adding Sitar and other effects...
The famous 'Pen Synth' free with a magazine whilst in Japan!
Ben Freeth- Artist, Musician, Filmmaker (see enclosure link)