Demonstration and Q&A – Leafcutter John's light-controlled musical interface

The Boudoir, West Dean College

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Since 2010 John has been busy designing, building, and developing his light controlled musical interface. The interface is a music performance system comprising a light sensitive controller and specialised software developed by John that is played gesturally using handheld lights and other light sources. The sounds produced are strongly related to the performer's actions and are all produced in real-time to create an immersive audiovisual experience.

He's performed throughout Europe using the system and given talks and workshops with it at various Music and Art Schools. In 2012 he took this system to Vietnam at the invitation of the British Council and in 2014 played it to a sold-out Roundhouse in London supporting Imogen Heap. In 2015 the interface won the Quartz Award for Innovation.

Join us at this afternoon event in which John will introduce and demonstrate his new invention, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Doors open at 3:30. Talk starts at 4pm.

Open to all age 12+. This is a Pay What You Decide event. Please register to book your seat.

"Alongside Aphex Twin and Bogdan Raczynski - he's one of the UK's most fearlessly inventive electronicists" Time Out London

"A musician who combines acoustic and electronic music with an irresistible compulsion to build Heath Robinson-like inventions" The Guardian

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