Songs of Inanimate Objects

This project is an ongoing collaboration with Andrew Brown and Daniel Della-Bosca. The work is presented as an exhibition of interactive sonic objects. The exhibit visitors are encouraged to handle the objects which have varying haptic […]

JAK

JAK is a modular synthesizer built by John Ferguson, Alex O’Donovan, and Kai Mohrholz during 2018 at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU). This page documents the creation of an instrument, public performance of a new composition, […]

Scatter

Scatter is a collaborative project by Erik Griswold, John Ferguson, and Sulja Raam Nezovic. Scatter is inspired by Gordon Monahan’s ‘Speaker Swinging’, the environmentally attuned work of Andy Goldsworthy, and the kinetic sculptures of Arthur Ganson and […]

Listening Boxes

Sounds from the local environment are captured and presented in antiquated library drawers, which function as instruments for sonic exploration. The upcycled library catalogue houses the sounds of place, and provides a tangible visual metaphor […]

Bent Circuits

Bent Circuits is an interactive installation that offers ‘hands-on’ exploration of sounds hidden in technology. The technologies include electronic toys and an instrument that makes no sound of its own. Participants are asked: can you coax sound […]

Purple Pd Machine

Purple Pd Machine is a wooden box with an array of buttons and knobs wired to an iPhone 6 via a microcontroller (Teensy LC) and a USB hub (for additional connectivity). Software written in Pure […]

Nhoj Elocin 2018

Nhoj Elocin is a collaboration of John Ferguson and Nicole Carroll. The above image was captured June 2018 at New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), although not in-shot I’m spinning light-sensitive analogue electronics (HST1d) in […]

Tomlin|Fergus

Tomlin|Fergus is the duo of Vanessa Tomlinson and John Ferguson. The research  objective is to expose commonality in seemingly disparate musical disciplines. The activities of a percussionist and an electronic musician may often appear dissimilar, but although each […]

HST1d Feral Technologies

HST1d FERAL TECHNOLOGIES AKA The Music Technology Frisbee (as christened by Electronic Instruments students 2018) is a six-voice portable and battery powered synthesiser based around a 40106 (Hex Schmitt-Trigger).  Three voices are operated via resistive-touch on […]

Sculptural Sonic Agents

Sculptural Sonic Agents is a collaboration between Andrew Brown and John Ferguson. The goal is to explore the development of sonic sculptural agents, these ‘agents’ are bespoke instruments that comprise artificial listening and sound generating capabilities. They […]

Circles

Circles is a wooden box that contains a single-board computer and two micro-controllers. Bespoke software is written in Pure Data and Arduino, running on Linux. Sampling is via in-built microphone. Semi-random sequencing and the creative […]

Perspectives on Musical Time

The movie and patches below relate to a paper with Paul Vandemast-Bell titled ‘Perspectives on Musical Time and Human/Machine Agency in the Development of Performance Systems for Live Electronic Music’. This was presented 8th September […]

Analogue Revolutions

Analogue Revolutions is handbuilt using integrated circuits (ICs) and passive components, there’s no programmable (PIC) chips and thus no computer is involved. This point was important to me back in 2014. Analogue Revolutions was completed […]

Nhoj Elocin 2017

Nhoj Elocin is a collaboration of John Ferguson and Nicole Carroll. This project explores improvisation with lively/semi-autonomous processes in surround-sound environments using custom software and self-made instruments. While human interaction with tactile interfaces is vital to the […]

Mobile Noise Rig (MNR)

The ‘brain’ of Mobile Noise Rig (MNR) is a Pure data patch running on iPad via Mobile Music Platform. This is connected via Lighting to USB adaptor to a handmade instrument built around a Teensy […]

Drum Thing

‘Drum Thing’ was presented at World Science Festival Brisbane 2017 as part of 100 Ways to Listen. 'Drum Thing' as presented at World Science Festival Brisbane 2017 from Music Technology QCGU on Vimeo. ‘Drum Thing’ […]

P I A N O

PIANO (Performance Interaction and Augmented Noise Object) by John Ferguson and Mauricio Iregui. PIANO is an instrument that revolves around a computer, a projector, an infrared (IR) camera and IR lighting, built-in speakers, and a […]

Ferguson/Hayes/Michalakos

Excited by the sonic possibilities offered by digitally augmented instruments, the collaborative practice of FHM (Ferguson/Hayes/Michalakos) explores common themes of physicality, gestural interaction, and responsiveness in live electronic music. This trio utilises laptop-processed electric guitar […]

Cobra

Wednesday 5th October 2016 Music Technology at QCGU presented John Zorn’s infamous game piece from 1984 in collaboration with Winds, Strings, Composition, and Percussion. More information on Cobra here. Download John Ferguson’s print-ready version of the […]

NIME 2016

NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) is the premier academic conference in designing human-computer interfaces and interactions for musical performance. In 2016 NIME came to QCGU and I was performance chair, so curated and programmed […]

TRaNsMOGRiFiER

The TRaNsMOGRiFiER changes things in unpredictable ways. Objects dropped off during the day are subject to transmogrification–an overnight process that involves people, found materials, cardboard, electronics, and hot glue. Owners pick up their objectsTR the next day. […]

AAV 1.0

 These three sketches for analogue audio visual instrument (AAV 1.0) are a first attempt aimed at figuring out what I might achieve with a cigar box connected to loudspeakers and a projector. Although the […]

East of Borneo

SCRUNCH was recorded live at the MEME studios at Brown University June 2014 and released October 10th 2014, it features Michael DeQuattro on percussion, sound, and processing; Jim Moses  on guitar, sounds, and processing; and John […]

Robert Dominicus

Robert Dominicus is a collaboration of John Robert Ferguson and Seth Dominicus Thorn. The goal is to explore techniques and timbres associated with a variety of vernacular electronic music practices, avoiding the latent dynamics of […]

Max Stuff

Although I built fairly complex systems with Max software during my Ph.D., this was mainly self-taught. Joseph Butch Rovan is a noted expert so to be sitting-in on his autumn/fall 2014 ‘Real-Time Systems’ course is a fantastic […]

Emotional Improvisation

In June 2014 I was invited to spend a week at the Institute for Aesthetics of Music at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Austria. My time revolved around various open-ended and explorative […]

Feral Technologies

This strand of my practice explores circuit bending/hardware hacking and foregrounds disassembled electronic commodities and the inherent appropriation and reuse of sampling culture. I orient this toward one central question: how might the technologies of sonic […]

Machine-assembled Dislocation (MAD)

In 2014 I performed Flingle_Flangle live at Wesleyan University as part of SEAMUS (Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) and at NYCEMF (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival). A mediatized version was presented […]

Porous Torsion

Porous Torsion is the collaborative project of Diana Salazar (laptop/controllers) and John Ferguson (electric guitar/laptop/controllers). This duo’s collaborative practice involves a process of filtering and restraining semi-autonomous and chaotic agents (of human, electromechanical, and computational […]

Whistle Pig Saloon

Whistle Pig Saloon is the live audio collaboration of Robert van Heumen (Computer/controllers) and John Ferguson (Guitar/effects). Wide and disjointed, blending a fractured pulse with dynamic texture, this is an immersive and disorientating music, sometimes […]

Tron Lennon

Tron Lennon represents the collaborative work of John Ferguson and Paul Bell. Working beyond a paradigm where musicians perform pre-composed works, they celebrate spontaneity and the ephemeral nature of sound. In uncovering hidden and unintended potentials in seemingly […]

Ghost Orchestra

Ghost Orchestra is the working title of a collaboration with Bennett Hogg that was premiered at the Newcastle-Gateshead AV08 Festival as part of the “Haunted House” event at Culture Lab, Newcastle, curated by Sally Jane […]

The way in which Earth was formed

Collaborative project for Connecting Principle 07 with Will Schrimshaw and Cath Keay. A matrix of speakers are set into a wooden box. The speakers are then covered with various combinations of fluids and other materials (such as resin and granite […]

Wormhole

Wormhole is Bennett Hogg on violin, viola, and piano, Will Edmondes on double bass and SU10 sampler, and John Ferguson on Guitar and percussion/noise. ‘Breath wood Bone’ was released by Clinical Archives on 23rd August 2008 […]

Randy Wormhole

Randy Wormhole is John Ferguson (guitar, percussion, laptop/electronics) & Gwilly Edmondez (SU10, dictaphones, cello, cymbal), they have been broadcast in London via Mark Russell of Resonance FM and in New York via Scott Williams of […]

ionventsinter

ionventsinter (an anagram of ‘interventions’) is an instrument I originally assembled, installed, and premiered in September 2005 for my final MMus concert, i creeps dan remind due ten (an anagram of ‘precise and undetermined’). Featuring nearly fifty channels […]

My Little Pop Group

“My Little Pop Group” was formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, in 2004 by John Ferguson (electric guitar, effects pedals), Bennett Hogg (violin, piano), Will Schrimshaw (live electronics and occasionally drums) and John Ayers (laptop/bass […]