Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club … School of Noise

Ever since I first met School of Noise almost a year ago now I’ve loved what they do and how they get people of all ages interested in sound. They really are an amazing group and the work that they do in exploring and experimenting with sound is awesome.

I’m very happy that they’re going to be with us at the Beautiful Octopus Club this Friday (9th of September) at the Royal Festival Hall from 7pm until midnight. Full details for the event are here, and you can find out more about the School of Noise at their page at Palm Sounds, and at their own site which has details of all their upcoming events.

Hope to see you on Friday!

Seeing Deerful play live, and some thoughts on mobile music performace


And in this performance an PO as well. In fact, in this show by Deerful, everything was battery powered, and I have to say that it worked beautifully.

You might remember Deerful from a video I posted a little while ago:

I’m a big fan of her work and so it was great to see her live for the first time at the Shacklewell Arms last Friday. It was an excellent performance. Deerful synth based pop is delicate, subtle and crafted with care. But just because it’s synth pop doesn’t mean it’s disposable, on the contrary her music is full of meaning and her lyrics are well worth several listens.

But apart from being battery powered you might be wondering why she’s getting a mention on PalmSounds, well that’s a good question and an easy answer too. Deerful is making music with a lot of mobile devices and apps too. In fact, her latest release (iTunes link) has been made with an OP-1 and NanoStudio on an iPad Mini. Moon Maps is one of the tracks on this release and I have to say that I’ve played it quite a few times now. I keep coming back.

But that’s not the only release from Deerful that I’ve enjoyed. City Bells (iTunes link) is also excellent and is probably one of the only songs I know of that has the word ‘Michaelmas’ in it, and yes, it rhymes too. If that wasn’t enough then Emma (Deerful) is also a part of School of Noise too, and if you don’t know what that is then click the link and find out, you won’t be sorry.

But playing with an all battery powered rig has it’s challenges too. Before the gig Emma talked to me about the challenges it creates and how a constant reliance on batteries can make one somewhat nervous. I can understand that having done it myself.


But none of this had any impact on her performance, which was wonderful. Polished and yet emotional. Even though this little rig was small enough to fit on this tiny table it gave a big sound and all very complimentary too. Throughout the gig there wasn’t one song I didn’t enjoy.

But there was one song that really stood out for me for a couple of reasons.


Emma introduced this song by assuring everyone in the audience that she wasn’t going to play it on a pocket calculator. Of course it was a Teenage Engineering PO (a robot I think). And the track was amazing. Really amazing. I hope that she releases it in the not too distant future. It was awesome to see someone perform with a PO device, and do it so competently as well, but to see and here this track and vocal were amazing. I can’t stress it enough.

So if you get a chance to see Emma (Deerful) then I’d strongly suggest that you take the opportunity. You won’t be sorry at all.

If you haven’t already then please check out the School of Noise

I posted a few times about the School of Noise, and now they’ve got their own permanent page on the site too. You can find the page here, it’s just under the about page.

You’ll probably be hearing a lot about the School of Noise over the coming weeks, mainly because they’re really awesome and do amazing things in teaching kids about sound and experimentation with music.

If you’re in Bradford this weekend then do this!


If you’ve seen any of my previous posts about the School of Noise you’ll know that I think that the work they’re doing is really important. So, if you’re in the Bradford area this weekend you could visit them and much more besides at the National Media Museum.

From what I know of what’s going on it should be pretty amazing actually and well worth attending.

You can find all the details here, and the School of Noise page and site too. Let me know if you make it to the weekend.

If you’re in Bradford next weekend you might want to try this


You’ve probably seen my previous posts about the School of Noise, and maybe you’ve checked out the page here for them too. Well, if you’re in the Bradford area next weekend you could visit them and much more besides at the National Media Museum. From what I know of what’s going on it should be pretty amazing actually and well worth attending.

You can find all the details here, and the School of Noise page and site too. Let me know if you make it to the weekend.

School of Noise at the Festival of Imagination

I’ve mentioned these guys before. The work they do is pretty amazing actually, and these two videos just show a tiny amount of what they can achieve in getting kids to experiment with sound.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with them at the Festival of Imagination a couple of weeks ago, and if you ever get the chance to see them in action I’d recommend taking a look.

If you want to know more about them, check out their site schoolofnoise.com, and also the PalmSounds page about them here.

If you’re in London this weekend you should take a look at this

I mentioned The School of Noise yesterday. If you’re interested in actually seeing what they do you might want to come along to the Festival of Imagination at Chats Palace in Hackney tomorrow or Sunday. It looks like it’ll be a pretty awesome event. You can find details and tickets here.

Say hello to the School of Noise

I’ve posted once before about the School of Noise. I worked with them as a part of SoundLab’s Play Space event at NESTA in November, and they were amazing. So much so that I knew that I couldn’t leave it there and not be a part of what they were trying to achieve. So I expect to be doing stuff with them from now on, and you can expect that you’ll be hearing more about them in the coming weeks.

It’s not just the amazing array of musical equipment that they brought, but also the approach they took to working with it that really distinguishes them. They have a really inspiring attitude to making music and encouraging others to do so.

They’ve already worked at a range of festivals in 2015, such as WOMAD, which was apparently a big hit, and they’ve got more planned for this year.

They were a huge hit at the NESTA Play Space according to just about everyone I spoke to, so I’m looking forward to working with them a bit more in the future. Stay tuned for that!


If you want to know more about the School of Noise then you should definitely check out their web site here.