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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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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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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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Margate Games : Lazer Arcade video and photos

Now that the Margate Games residency is over it’s time to take stock and document the project. Lazer Arcade draft edit from Seb Lee-Delisle on Vimeo. To my great relief the system worked really well and Lazer Arcade proved to be a huge hit – there were constant queues throughout the GEEK festival. So what […]

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Margate Games : ready to play?

It’s been an intense week of troubleshooting calibration – but I finally got it working today! It’s still a bit fragile so I’m not sure how well it’ll hold up over the festival but fingers crossed. There have been so many things to fix – just one was the vibrations from the floor so I […]

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Margate Games : calibrating LazerArcade

Today was my first day on site in Margate and setting up the LazerArcade system at full size. I’ve had a tiring day trying to calibrate and I can’t seem to get it quite as accurate as it was at home. And the microphones pick up all the vibrations on the floor so I can […]

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Margate Games : research on Brighton Pier

Yesterday I was researching on Brighton Pier to see if there were any shooting / throwing games that I could steal, or in art-speak, “draw inspiration from” for my LazerArcade project. It’s always interesting the current crop of characters from popular culture converted into plush toys. Last year it was Angry Birds, the year before […]

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Margate games: locating bullets with sound

I’ve been working on a system that uses microphones to locate where a bullet has hit the wall, so that I can make a digital firing range using lasers and Nerf guns. Since I posted last, I’ve been thinking more about the history of arcades, first with traditional manned side-shows, and then in the 80s […]

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Margate games: Digital shooting gallery R&D

I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since my first Margate visit and since then there’s been a burst of technical R&D. I’ve decided to recreate the magic of an old fashioned side show, with additional computers and lasers. I was initially inspired by the Das Blinken Blonken project on Instructables. It’s a hand […]

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Margate Games residency – revisiting Margate

It was my first visit to Margate yesterday since I was a kid. I walked around and got a feel for the town, and was lucky enough to get a tour of the dilapidated theme park, Dreamland. There are creepers and weeds everywhere – a stark reminder that nature takes over astonishingly quickly when left […]