Joel Davel clip

May 7, 2009

i finally found an old clip of joel doing his thing. Not quite sure what to think about it, as its a kind of novelty demo with comedy weird bits but here it is anyway


another live clip with buchla, wii-motes and blippoo box

March 15, 2009


March 2, 2009

sorry for slow updates – been tooooo busy. interesting things coming up I promise. In the meantime

March 4th -2009 22:00@Live! Hilary Jeffery (trombone, UK) + Richard Scott (buchla lightning, wiimotes, analog synth, UK) + One Man Nation (laptop beat mashing, Singapore)

Theaterkapelle – Boxhagener Str. 99, Berlin – Friedrichshain

check OMN and Richards Scott in action :, and Hilary Jeffery: myspace. com/auxhil, www. hiljef. com

Lightning III is go, maybe

December 31, 2008

looks like Mr Buchla finally paid someone to update the website, it has a chirpy upbeat feel which is not at all bad. The Lightning III is officially available but I don’t know if that means its actually available.

as promised it looks essentailly the same as Lightning II – not even the little data cards have been updated – strange!

Can anyone confirm they’ve actually had one delivered?


December 6, 2008

one day when I really have time on my hands I might read this. it seems to offer a thorough history and technical basis behind the technology we are using.infra

December 6, 2008

A little review of the recent “ir trio” berlin performance is here

concert in berlin

November 9, 2008

my buchla lightning system is going to have another very improvised outing in berlin.

“ir” (trio)

Dr. Richard Scott – Buchla Lightning & Nintendo Wiimote infrared midi
controllers, analog synthesizer, sampler
Adam Linson – double bass
Gustavo Aguilar – drums, percussion


Leipziger Strasse 36 /

Charlottenstrasse 24

D – 10117 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30 20648886

Tel.: +49 (0)30 20649143


berlin performance

October 15, 2008

I’m performing for the first time with my latest buchla/wiimote setup and a Rob Hordijk blippoo box (an extraordinary little anlogue box). Its a work in progress with two dancers.

I want a Wii – damn, the puns are endless

October 14, 2008

The Nintendo Wiimote is basically a whole bunch of buttons, directional sensors and velocity sensors in a tiny neat wireless handset. It has tremendous potential for musicians and for anyone doing anything performance based with a computer. It is very similar to something I was sketching out as a hardware extension for the Lightning Rods at STEIM a couple of years ago. I am happy that I didn’t need to figure all that out myself – because amidst the infinite pile of crap it ceaselessly generates, sometimes capitalism comes up with just what you need at a fraction of the cost you might expect. Nintendo make a dedicated games console for it but the good news is you don’t need to buy it to use the handsets because its broadcasting using bluetooth compatible technology – so any computer, mobile phone and god knows what else, can receive the wiimote’s data.

There are a number of computer based applications which can translate the Wii data into something useful. The most comprehensive is STEIM’s JunXion which more or less automatically recognises the Wiimote’s and can translate it into midi data – its Apple OSX only

Apparently the Wiimote controllers have revived Nintendo’s flagging fortunes. I wouldn’t know because haven’t played an video game since pong and space invaders in 198whatever and I was never great at those. But I played one of the Wii music games in current development which basically involves dancing rabbits and quite sarcastic badly sung cover versions of pop songs. You get to trigger drum, bass, guitar, horn or vocal parts and try to keep them in time with the track while reading a rudimentary score which scrolls down the screen remorselessly. Its entirely about doing the right thing at the right time and really uncreative – its really a game, you get points for confirming to the system. I’m too far gone for such a thing but I did get the chance to “perform” the vocal line for Born to be Wild, its been a long time since I did that…

As I say the game I played is in development so maybe the implementation is not finished but I must say I wasn’t impressed with the feel of the thing. It felt clunky and not particularly accurate. The link between the graphics, movement and sound didn’t feel particularly direct either. From my experience with JunXion and LiSa the wii is potentially a much more sensitive and capable tool. Maybe better will come but at least some of the current Nintendo implementation is barely scratching the surface of what is possible with the wiimote.

buchla lightning composition

October 13, 2008

I composed this piece using the buchla lightning for a dance piece choreographed and performed by Jadi Carboni. It is one of the few pieces where I use exclusively the buchla’s onboard sounds, with minimal processing. The voice towards the end is Jadi’s.