Formuls Review

Fluid Visuals with Formuls at SOUNDKitchen

I had recently posted about performing a show with James Dooley as Formuls, a live real-time algorithmic audio-visual duo at Birmingham’s SOUNDKitchen concert series, supported by Sound and Music. We received a very favorable review from the night courtesy of Fluid Radio and moreover, nobody had any reaction to the intense strobing!

Read the full review from the night over at Fluid Radio.

SOUNDKitchen September 2014 Formuls shadows of two performers against a projected background full of visual static
SOUNDKitchen September 2014

SOUNDKitchen Sep ’14

“The third evening in SOUNDKitchen’s 2014 series of electronic music events in Birmingham opened with a set from the duo Formuls. James Dooley made music using a self-developed algorithmic audio environment, while Matt Parker created real-time fractal visualisations that were projected behind the pair. Things began quietly, but it wasn’t long before a shuddering sub-bass pulse brought a more purposeful sense of drive, herding along high-end bleeps and whistles. Despite the heavy beat, I wouldn’t have called this dance music as such; sounds at the top and bottom ends of the audible spectrum seemed to cluster together in swarms rather than marching along in the orderly and predictable fashion demanded by the dancefloor. The visuals weren’t simply slavish representations of sonic events, but had a developing logic of their own, which was great to see. I wouldn’t normally listen to this style of music, but to my ears and eyes the set was fully convincing.”

Huge thanks to Nathan Thomas at Fluid Radio for coming and watching/listening and being positive about our debut (and full credit to him for the photo of us head moshing too).