CMBR – MRI/CT scans

2nd July 2006

Random conversations are great. I’ve been looking at mappings between cosmology and ‘other things’ for several years now. Recent conversations keep orbiting links between psychology, music, perception, spirituality and cosmology … So I was delighted to see at least one example of cross-over research between MRI scanning and CMBR analysis here; Haven’t found the […]

Interdependence Day

1st July 2006

Interesting event today at the Royal Geographic Society. The only thing missing from the site (and the RGS site!) is the address … so here’s a link to find it.

HT – nearly there…

27th June 2006 getting closer to Human Tamagochi, but still not quite there….

Appeal for earthquake zone around Yogyakarta.

21st June 2006

Via Mark and his remarkable team at Internews Following an assessment mission from Jakarta, Internews is making a public appeal for donations of radio sets to isolated villages in the earthquake zone around Yogyakarta. According to Reuters Alertnet, over 1.5 million people were made homeless by last month’s earthquake, three times the number uprooted by […]

12th June 2006

“a gathering of video makers, programmers and web producers developing online video distribution as a tool for social justice and media democracy.” it said. it was very good fun. and might just produce some good results….

SoundJunction wins NMA award

2nd June 2006

The powered SoundJunction just won the “Music” award in the NMA awards I seem to have a knack for turning up/helping some of the “winners” … Playlouder’s Glastonbury webcasts won before.

In response to…. PPL Licensing

8th May 2006

In the guardian again, this time with my exequo hat on.,,1766532,00.html Again, it’s not a “bad thing” but an evolution of a licensing framework to try and meet a demand. It may seem a bit slow moving, but it’s progress of sorts.

BBC launches Programme Catalogue

26th April 2006

Another step function today on the web… “This experimental catalogue database holds over 900,000 entries” … from the 1920s onwards. This is one of those landmark events that will change the course of broadcasting forever. Hat’s off to everyone on the team! Other commentary: Matt Biddulph Tom Coates

BBC Creative Future

25th April 2006

BBC Creative Future… (link) “The second wave of digital will be far more disruptive than the first and the foundations of traditional media will be swept away, taking us beyond broadcasting. The BBC needs a creative response to the amazing, bewildering, exciting and inspiring changes in both technology and expectations. “On-demand changes everything. It means […]

Climate Change … more seeds

25th April 2006

This should turn into quite a nice resource over the next few months…

Best SMS ever…

25th April 2006

A friend just sent me the best sms ever… “Quick question: what is a universe?” Lovely.

Trivial Jargon

11th April 2006

I often wonder quite how far the language of the Web (2.0 or not) must seem totally alien to everyone … this is a recent favourite excerpt from the “Haddock” site: BadgerFish David’s Ning-based web service and PHP code for turning any XML doc into JSON Thanks Yoz

Online video, 10 years in.

1st April 2006

It’s about 10 years since people started getting serious about online video distribution. RealVideo launched in ’97 and there was certainly a lot of dot.i.ness about it. There was stuff bubbling away in the year leading up to it, and many people who have fallen by the wayside since. I remember trying to describe to […]

Climate change noticed…

31st March 2006

Expect a lot of interesting things to start on this very soon.,9171,1176980,00.html And, coming soon,

3D tag clouds (and up to 7D)

27th March 2006

Tags are going n-dimensional… Ben (the new-look Ben) & Co have implemented a nice 3D tag system using 2 spatial dimensions and the 3rd with colour. Also have a look at the “schematic”/time-linked cross-tagging presented at the recent “technology 2.0” event. This helps pave the way for some nice n-dimensional data visualisation techniques: 3 spatial […]

AOL/TW launch “broadband TV”

22nd March 2006

Yet another “first” … this time it’s AOL and Warner Bros. Launch In2TV – the First Broadband Television Network “In2TV begins to realize the true potential of Web-based TV by putting the viewer in charge of their own TV schedule online,” said Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.” Glad they’ve caught up. Pity […]


21st March 2006

way to go Lee


13th March 2006

Significant Hi-Fi geekery (hopefully my only such post) – ATC SCM100A’s – the Rolls Royce of loudspeakers (as used by BBC, Abbey Road and many of the best studios). This pair were bought from Presshouse Studios in Devon, where they’d been used by the likes of Jethro Tull and Portishead… I used an ATC setup […]

Mr Cutler dies

7th March 2006

It’s a sad day today … (bbc obituary) I’m glad I had the privilege of seeing him perform. Certainly one of the most influlential artists in my world.

Binary Dust review

4th March 2006

A lovely review of “Binary Dust” by Steve Mayall at “It often seems as if digital music manufacturers compete to cram the most technology into the lightest, most tiny, pocket device. So it was refreshing to discover the latest musical release from avant-garde performer and new media veteran Gavin Starks: a musical rock. Starks, […]


27th February 2006

The HM Revenue & Customs site gets my award for the most confusing site(s) I’ve seen in a long time. compare this with this. Both take you into something to do with VAT and Tax, and may be tied to your Company or to you as an Individual, or both, in some way. And then […]

CI turns it up

24th February 2006

At CI, we turn it up to 11 ……………………………………………………..

BBC start multicasting

23rd February 2006

This is great news (the start of convergence at last): “The BBC & ITV intend to test the technical possibilities of streaming more of their TV channels via broadband. We intend to Multicast these. This should result in a higher quality viewer experience. We are running this technical trial to seek some feedback about […]

Digital Identity Top 10

8th February 2006

Went to Cory’s talk on yet more digital rights management attempts. Can’t help thinking that either (1) this will be far too complicated to create and market successfully or (2) if it works, we consumers deserve everything we get. I hope for (1) of course. The no2id folks are also doing sterling work – faxyo^D […]

In the Guardian

2nd February 2006

Got a mention in the Guardian today with my CI hat on…,,1699518,00.html I said a lot more in my interview of course, like it’s an odd twist of tech history that at one end you’ve got studios pushing up to 192KHz 32-bit sample rates, the production of (doomed) “Super Audio” CDs, surround DVD’s and […]

Poitiers presentation

1st February 2006

Talk went ok. Dominique Proust was interesting – mapping the history of Music of the Spheres from Pythagoras to Kepler to Herschel, so I followed on nicely with my 21st Century “Music of the n-dimensional hypercube” His astronomy research also focussed on the Great Attractor, so he wants to use the Radio Cube sonification tool […]

France :: Acoustic Cosmology

29th January 2006

If you are near Poitier or Bourges next week you are very welcome to come along to a small festival of music and science.. I’ll be giving my first “Acoustic Cosmology” talk on Tuesday 30th in Poitier at 6pm, and then playing in Bourges on the 3rd Feb. Context of my presentation: “A conjoining of […]

Rebranded CI launches

28th January 2006

We just relaunched CI ( and with our new design, and started video delivery to iTunes for a dash of excitement. A nice start to 2006. Thanks to Adrian Philpott for the design.

“My ‘walkman’ is killing my hearing”

16th January 2006

… is doing the rounds again… so I thought a few facts would help.

Your information aura

18th December 2005

Your information aura Your mobile phone changes the definition of who and what you are, and since everyone has them, changes the reality of humans as a species. Mobiles are treated as an essential, to be picked up as you leave a burning building with the same priority as your money and keys. As both […]

Switzerland presentation

19th May 2005

‘Space:Planetary Consciousness and the Arts‘ – 10th Workshop and Symposium Château d’Yverdon, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland (PDF 2MB)

Science Museum presentation…

29th April 2005

Presented “Music and Astronomy” at the Dana Centre – Science Museum, London, UK As part of the Cybersonica “Symposium on Music and Science”, 2:30-3:45pm (also played ds2 series1)

“La France” concert

25th February 2005

“La France”, private concert on the river Thames, London (UK) Played: Tempest, Joan of Arc, Absorptance, Glass, ds2 series1

Pirate Drugs – a different frontier….

8th December 2004

tired: pirates of the carribean fired: pirate software/music/la la la hired: pirate drugs ref: pfizer “running out of money to fund new R&D” cost of R&D “spiraling out of control – destroying innovation” stockpiles of “out of date drugs in africa” with “huge pirate drugs companies in india” and “the impact of unregulated pirate drugs […]

ResonanceFM presents…

19th November 2004

Resonance FM (London (UK) radio) Played Absorptance, and ds2 series1 Here’s an example sound and image for the show

DEAF presentation

12th November 2004

DEAF04: Affective Turbulence – Rotterdam (Netherlands) Biennial international festival for electronic art Played ds2 series1 Download Visual Presentation (PDF 2.4MB)

SPRAWL concert

10th November 2004

SPRAWL: Underground playground – London (UK) Played: Tempest, Absorptance, ds2 series1

Dorkbot presents…

20th October 2004

DORKBOT: People doing strange things with electricity – London (UK) Talked: Music and Astronomy Played: ds2 series1

Latvia performance

22nd June 2004

ACOUSTIC SPACE: RT32 Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the conversion of the RT32 telescope at VIRAC, Riga & Irbene, Latvia. A collaboration between VIRAC, RIXC & r a d i o q u a l i a. ds2 series1 was written for this event

“Broadcast Assassins” @ BBC

8th March 2004

Invited speaker – “Broadcast Assassins” an internal BBC workshop for key managers Quite nice to be invited to, albiet by this time most people should have “got it”. Of course, walked straight into the room and met John Ousby…. should’ve known. (apparently I have two brains: “a word of thanks to … Gavin Starks, a man […]

In response to…. BBC Charter

4th March 2004

In response to [published in the proceedings from] Westminster Media Forum “BBC 2016 Charter Renewal” meeting 2004-02-25 at Millbank Tower. Inverting the Model Working at the junction between the macrocosms of broadcasting (TV and Radio) and the internet (everything) is always stimulating. You always have to assume that you know nothing about either. Both have […]

Live-Demand: an introduction

1st March 2004

Webcasting, Streaming, Digital Downloading and Broadcasting All these terms refer to the same thing: the ability to distribute media. Until recently, we’d been using TV, Radio broadcasting, CDs and tapes to distribute our media. The internet has changed all that: making receiving some music, TV and moveis as easy as sending an e-mail. People are […]

In response to…. EFF

29th February 2004

In response to Summary I remember this kind of idea coming from the utopian folks on the mailing lists a few years back – the kind of “it’ll all be alright if we just co-operate” scenario. Unfortunately, and I’m cynical having spent time embedded in the commercial side, I think it’s well off the […]

To a scribe

20th February 2004

To a scribe. Early adopters of the Internet were scribes. This is why we drown in text. Although around since pre-history, we evolved through our visual and aural cultures. Our Speech, Music, Photography, Video and Art combined outweigh our written word. Our past century gradually re-invented visual and aural tradition; cultured in a globalised petri-dish […]

IMA Awards

22nd November 2003

IMA Awards – Virgin Radio win (again) This time I got to hand out the award, rather than helping them win.

Globalisation limits diversity…

9th April 2003

Diveristy Stimuates Cultural Growth // Globalisation limits diversity. (note to self) There is no conceptual difference between cultural, social and biological diversity. Each is critical to the ongoing survival of a species. Entropy is self-evident. This is a basis for rejecting globalisation. Globalisation in any form. The biological analogy is the easiest to follow – […]

Broadcast Engineering

1st January 2003

Broadcast Engineering Article

Streaming Handbook

1st April 2002

Streaming Handbook launches Amazon link Technology of Video and Audio Streaming (Paperback), by David Austerberry (fwd: Gavin Starks)

Radio Academy

1st December 2001

Radio Academy – Online Radio Conference I was one of the speakers… quite interesting watching this industry evolve. Will be interesting to see when TV kicks in. PDF overview and interviews

Human Tamagochi

28th August 2001

Human Tamagochi is a mass-market, consumer-controlled interactive TV format.

NAB Panel

28th April 2001

Invited speaker on an NAB panel – with Real, MS and Apple My second NAB experience – only 111,000 delegates this time. And I still dont like Vegas.

Communications Week interview

2nd April 2001

Communications Week interview on Multicasting and such-like, only partly available online article

Distributing Digital Music

25th October 2000

Invited speaker at the Distributing Digital Music conference, London. Quite why anyone thinks they’ve got a grasp on this I don’t know. If only they knew…

Scientific American

1st January 2000

Scientific American quotes me about, of all things, day-trading …. go figure.

d::gen launches

19th December 1999

d::gen “launched” (although it existed inside some other sites from about 1997) – after I left, and just after setting up Tornado Productions. The first “travel blog” type project I did was in March 1999 when I went to China (and just as the term was coming into existence) Of course, it then took […] presents…

19th October 1999

Various articles and presentations at conferences: 2001-10-24 2000-03-16 1999-10-19

“Sound on the Web”

1st May 1998

“Sound on the Web”, 3-part series, .Net magazine, Future Publishing I enjoyed doing this.

“Adding Sound to your Website”

1st May 1998

“Adding Sound to your Website”, The Mix magazine, Future Publishing Unfortunately I don’t have the copy for this any more…

NAB – “Internet Broadcasting”

25th April 1998

A major NAB presentation on “Internet Broadcasting” with CNN and ABC on the same session. I thoroughly confused the audience by trying to describe the interconnectness of future media business models in a digital age. Assisted by the fact that, since I was working at Virgin Net, I had nothing “flash to show (the other […]

British Computing Society

10th July 1997

Lecture to the British Computing Society – “Broadcasting on the Internet”

Vision & Audio conference

28th May 1997

Vision & Audio conference – “Internet for Broadcasters”

NVA Virtual World Orchestra

6th April 1997

Webcaster of and contributor to NVA‘s amazing Virtual World Orchestra This was the first significant live event webcast for me (setting aside Virgin Radio, the V97 Festival and a bunch of nice but small things) with over 170 countries contributing to a massive “collaborative” event in the Glasgow Fruitmarket. Participants had their blood samples taken […]

Hong Kong concert

26th August 1996

ICMC Computer-music festival in Hong Kong. Premiered “Glass” in Hong Kong UST GLASS [8m08s] 1996 The French surrealist literary movement ‘ecriture automatique’ expressed the inner essence of objects in relation to our association with them; writing in a stream of conciousness. This piece was composed in a similar style, to depict the essence of glass. […]

I joined Virgin Net

15th December 1995

I joined Virgin Net as the 5th employee, in 1995. 2 weeks later they took the ex-Wired UK / Guardian PDU team wholesale, including Tony Ageh (now, in 2006, “Controller – Internet” at the BBC), Danny O’Brien (now EFF) and a rather fantastic bunch of other folks who change my, and everyone else’s, lives just […]

Canada concert

10th August 1995

ICMC Computer-music festival in Banff, Canada. Played “Tempest” (listen) TEMPEST [6m13s] 1993 Drawn from the essence of drama in the play; the struggle of humans between the power of nature and the power of art. The listener finds themselves between the rolling of the ocean and the creaking of the boat close to breaking point; […]

AES presentation (3D sound)

15th August 1994

Published and presented Starks, G.R. & Linton, K.N. (Feb. 1994). “A 3-D Stereo Processing Tool“, 96th Audio Engineering Society Convention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Postscript copy to follow…).

ICMC presentation (3D-sound)

25th January 1994

Part of the results of my Masters Degree in Computer-Music from Glasgow University. Amongst other things, we “streamed” uncompressed WAV files between Glasgow and Edinburgh, because we could. I went on to build a 3-site, 40 NeXT machine network to do audio research at the University. Starks, G.R. & Linton, K.N. (Sept. 1994). “sndSpace: A […]

Jodrell Bank

2nd January 1994

I used to work as an Experimental Officer here… doing lots of coding, data processing, and set up their website in ’94.

Internet Music Survey

10th January 1993

Surveyed all the free digital signal processing (DSP) and music software available on the Internet. In those days you could – there were about 120 references to “music software” if you did an Archie search… Early days …. funny to think that years later it’d be so relevant.