ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
In partnership with Curated Place, I was awarded funding from Arts Council England to develop the machines. It has enabled me to transport them efficiently, upgrade the mechanisms and perform new music in collaboration with Plaid.
RESIDENCY @ ACCA
I have completed a two-week residency at The Attenborough Centre of Creative Arts in Brighton. I built a new configuration for the machines and worked with Plaid to develop our live show which features new music and projections. The performance is part of the Brighton Digital Festival on 19th September 2017.
SPECTRA LIGHT FESTIVAL, ABERDEEN
Installation in the oldest church in Scotland.
LIVE AT THE TATE TURBINE HALL
Enjoyed performing machine compositions in the Tate Turbine Hall this summer along with new material from special guests Plaid. Big sound in there! Recordings to follow…
LIVE SHOW WITH PLAID, CENTRE POMPIDOU, METZ
Following the residency at workshop Infiné, we took the Plaid show to Metz.
PLAID AND THE MACHINES
Plaid recently continued to develop music for Felix’s Machines during a residency at Workshop Infiné, Normandoux, France. Here’s a video of one of their tunes ‘Visible’ filmed at the live show:
GlASGOW SCHOOL OF ART
The machines were installed during an event at the Glasgow School of Art to celebrate the grand opening of the Reid building.
New year, new company! Tenhertz Ltd. Felix has teamed up with long-term collaborator Jon Sly. Find us here www.tenhertz.com
A new standalone piece was created for the ‘Adhocracy’ exhibition at Limewharf, London
The Latest addition to Felix's Machines; a marimba machine was premiered at this year's Brighton Festival performances.
LOOPMASTERS SAMPLE PACK
The sample pack contains: 71 Live Percussion Loops, 301 Virtual & Manipulated Loops, 09 Bass Drum Hits, 09 Snare Hits, 13 Cymbal Hits, 35 Glockenspiel, 133 Percussion, 07 Synth Hits, 176 MIDI Files, 376 Rex2 Files, 53 Soft Sampler Patches for NNXT, Halion, SFZ, EXS24 and Kontakt.
A personalised music box commission.
MOLESKINE ORCHESTRA, BLICKFANG, HAMBURG
Interactive installation with the Moleskine Orchestra at Blickfang design exhibition, Hamburg.
GAUDEMUS MUSIC WEEK, UTRECHT
Live performance and installation at Museum Speelklok as part of the Gaudemus Music Week Festival .
THE MOLESKINE ORCHESTRA
A themed set of machines built using Moleskine products to explore their sound-making potential and kinetic manifestations. Diaries are clappers, glasses are drum sticks, and the brand's new range of items are animated in a multi-sensory display.
DIGITALIFE2: Romaeuropa Festival
Felix's Machines installation in Rome, 26/10/2011-11/12/2011
FELIX'S MACHINES EP
Tracks selected to form Felix's first EP, documenting the growth of the machines and the performance spaces they have been exhibited in. Available now on audio CD and MP3 download - FLAC and WAV versions and a bonus track are exclusive to Bleep.
In collaboration with visual FX company Mattes and Miniatures and engineering partner SlybyDesign, Felix's Machines designed and built the central sections of this fully mechanical ‘Twirlygig’ for a cadburys commercial.
DE LA WARR PAVILION INSTALLATION & PERFORMANCE
The Pavilion has curated a nod to Cage; a seven-week programme of music, performances and installations in response to Cage's work and ideas. Artists include Margaret Leng Tan, Charles Atlas, Yoko Ono, Felix's Machines, Mount Kimbie + Creep, eighth blackbird, Brainwaves: Mira Calix, Anna Meredith, Aurora Quartet and Loop.pH and comedian Stewart Lee's reinterpretation of Cage's Indeterminacy readings. Events and installations take place throughout the Pavilion, most are free of charge.
LIVE VS. PLAID, VILLAGE UNDERGROUND
The second live collaboration with music from Plaid written specially for performance with Felix’s Machines. An experiment of live amplification and processing to join acoustic sound with digital synthesis. Line Up: Felix's Machines vs. Plaid, Leafcutter John, Plaid (DJ set), Missaw
LIVE @ THE APPLE STORE
Live amplified performance in the Apple store in Covent Garden, London.
SHOOTME FILM FESTIVAL
Short performances for a film festival, the Hague, Holland
SONATAS, MACHINES, AND INTERLUDES IN BRAZIL
Inspired by the work and the thought of John Cage, the English musicians Sarah Nicolls, Kathy Hinde, Felix Thorn and Frenchman Pierre Malbos present concert based on the prepared piano technique of the American composer. Felix's Machines presents a prepared piano using custom built solenoid attachments activated by Christmas tree light controllers with live processing through Logic.
'IN OUR BlOOD' METALWORKS, LONDON
Lineup: Plaid (DJ Set), Global Goon, Simon Fisher Turner, Tetine, Felix’s Machines, Dave i.D., DJs James Stroll On Crispin Dior, Tender Love Soundsystem, Missaw, visuals by Weirdcore
THE CREATOR'S PROJECT, LONDON
Event held at Victoria House, London in partnership with INTEL and VICE. Lineup: Peaches, Mark Ronson, Kele, Yuck, Cassette Playa, Mumdance, Radical Friend, Jammer, Paul B. Davis, Felix Thorn, Rodaidh McDonald, Moritz Waldemeyer, Trevor Jackson.
A challenge to build a machine in one night only and add it to the setup in an episode of the Soundbuilders series on Motherboard TV.
ETHER 10, SOUTHBANK CENTRE
Southbank Center Commissioned ‘Techno Harmonium’, a fully automated bellow-driven Harmonium as a new addition to Felix’s Machines.
LIVE @ THE BARBICAN CENTRE
A day of live performances in the foyer of the Barbican Centre, London
LIVE VS. PLAID, Bordeaux
Live Collaboration with WARP’s Plaid, ‘Evento’ Bordeaux Art & Architecture Biennale '09
'ARMADILLO' IN OXFORD
Interactive exhibition using sonar sensors, mini cams and live projection
Felix introduces his machines and performs live with the full setup.
MOTA SONICA FESTIVAL 09, SLOVENIA
On-site construction of new machines for a prepared piano. Various solenoid, motor and servo actuated machines built to hit, scrape and slide over piano strings. In collaboration with programmer Thomas Parslow
AD campaign for Converse ‘What do you Do?’. Included a series of installations at events for the Campaign. Interactive versions of Felix’s Machines were exhibited in London, Paris and Berlin.
3 week Installation and performances.