I’m not sure how many people are familiar with the popular TV show Grand Designs, which features unusual and often elaborate architectural homebuilding projects, but this coming Wednesday 21st November on Channel 4 in the UK, I’ll be making a special appearance in the show. I was filmed in my studio speaking about using my elegant modular synth set up to design the permanent sound installation to this unique concrete house in London, Vex.
I thought it might interest some people to see how such systems can be applied in very special situations. It feels especially exciting to sneak into such a popular show that so many folks watch, with some quite challenging music and ideas too. You should be able to watch the show back online afterwards too, in case you miss the broadcast of course.
More on the house here
And you can watch it back here after the broadcast
Well, it is in a sense, as you’ll be able to see the grand interior (if it remains in the edit that is)
Perhaps I’ll only be on for a minute but the viewership for this show is huge and any chance to share more exploratory ideas in such a public forum is exciting I find!
I’m going to put the release on Bandcamp today as well I think after a lot of interest
Whilst in the house itself meanwhile I made this recording, where I followed a kind of Alvin Lucier “I am Sitting in a Room” pattern where I played the sound back into the house and kept re-recording it. This, to me, is really how the piece should be experienced:
I’ve only just seen this thread but am a Grand Designs regular, so it was a lovely surprise to see you on the show. I ran through to tell my girlfriend that “Scanner’s on Grand Designs!” and then went off on one about how beautiful your studio looks Off to listen to the track now…
Thanks. It’s typical of TV unfortunately in terms of editing and in fact failing to tell the full story, i.e. the sound was commissioned by the architects to be a permanent part of the fabric of the house. And it’s the reason I generally decline invitations for TV as you are filmed for three hours, only for them to use 30 seconds!
Nice one, thanks! I do enjoy working on such extraordinary projects as this. The next one launching in two weeks time is a project sonification of soil through an App so you can measure the levels of quality in European soil. A Christmas Number One I suspect