Steel and Silicon

Project Title: Steel and Silicon

Project date: 04 July 2019

Image credits: Ian Stevenson

Client: Audile

Media: Streaming audio

Contribution: composition, performance, recording

More info: Steel and Silicon is an experiment in generative modular composition and guitar improvisation. Static patches on the modular generate evolving gestural material or drones. These are laid up as a continuous sequence on the computer and the guitar improvisation is performed against this in one pass.


Bjorklund Rhythm Device


Try out a my bjorklund M4L:

A rhythm comprises a number of sounded pulses played in each set of steps. The algorithm distributes these pulses as evenly as possible throughout the number of steps.The rhythm names and origins are copied from the paper by Godfried Toussaint. The javascript algorithm is based on work by Jack Rutherford (


G. T. Toussaint, The Euclidean algorithm generates traditional musical rhythms, Proceedings of BRIDGES: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science, Banff, Alberta, Canada, July 31 to August 3, 2005, pp. 47–56.

E. Bjorklund. The theory of rep-rate pattern generation in the SNS timing system. SNS ASD Technical Note SNS-NOTE-CNTRL-99, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, U.S.A., 2003.