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My ongoing mission to replace fireworks

Anyone that knows me, knows that it’s my long-term goal to replace fireworks. (There are so many reasons that they’re problematic, but let’s save that for another post!) I’ve been making interactive digital fireworks since 2007, but it didn’t really get serious until I launched PixelPyros in 2012. The project has since travelled far and […]

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Review of 2019

It’s been another incredible and overwhelming year, and I’ve added more highlights to my career. There has been a huge variety of projects and I’ve got to work with some incredible artists, including Bec Hill, Matt Parker and Norman Cook(!) Laser Light Synths But it kicked off in January with a new iteration of one […]

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Laser Light Synths wins ILDA Award

The latest incarnation of my Laser Light Synths project was installed in February at Middlesbrough Town Hall, and of course this time we added more lasers than ever before! The original version of this project (in 2014 believe it or not) had a single powerful laser to project graphics behind each custom-built synthesiser. But this […]

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Lasers for Fatboy Slim

Thanks so much to The Old Market and Norman Cook for inviting me to provide lasers at last week’s fundraising event. We filled the venue with 11W RGB lasers, somewhat overpowered for this venue to be honest, but the results were quite spectacular. As you might know, I write all of my own custom laser […]

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Review of 2018

This year has been overwhelming and exciting and it’s probably been the most varied one so far. The stand-out experience was at The Albert Hall for Space Shambles where I shared the stage with an actual Apollo astronaut who played a massive version of Lunar Lander, laser projected onto a 25m wide screen.  But there have been […]

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Lightning projects take home TWO awards!

After 5 years of working with lasers, it seems that I have now been accepted by the wider laserist community! The International Laser Display Association (ILDA) have honoured me in their awards ceremony in Montreal, as part of their annual conference. My awards are in their Innovative and Art category, second prize for Lightning Catchers […]

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Astronauts, lasers, and music at the Royal Albert Hall

I still can’t quite believe it, but last week I shared the stage at the Royal Albert Hall with astronauts Rusty Schweickart and Commander Chris Hadfield. You might know Chris from his popular twitter stream during his stint as commander of the International Space Station, including his performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. And you […]

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Installing LaserShow Xpress on Windows 10

I thought I’d give LSX a try – it’s pretty cheap and seems like fun laser software. I had some trouble installing it on Windows 10 – kept getting the message “Code execution cannot proceed because msvcp100.dll was not found”. It seems to be a problem with Visual C++ apps, and I found the solution […]

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Review of 2017

I can hardly believe it but this is now the tenth anniversary of my annual review, and therefore I’ve been blogging for over ten years – how the internet has changed since 2007! Back then it was all about open APIs, personal websites and blogging. Facebook was a tidy and uncluttered alternative to MySpace, the […]

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Calling all speakers! A hardware button to toggle display mirroring

I’ve been really frustrated that my favourite keyboard shortcut to toggle display mirroring doesn’t work on TouchBar MacBooks so I’ve made a button that can emulate it! Of course since I’ve got this working I’ve discovered there’s a weird work-around to get it working on the TouchBar, but it’s still quite a fun device, and […]