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I'm an award winning, twice BAFTA nominated creative coder based in Leeds. Intrigued...?

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About

Amorphous OrchestraI'm a twice BAFTA nominated creative coder based in Leeds.

About this site: Below you'll see apps, experiences and experiments I've developed or collaborated on...

Services

Amorphous OrchestraI make web applications, games, learning tools and digital installations.

I also offer training services.

I build Unity 3D, HTML5, Flash, HTML5/JavaScript, PHP, iOS (Objective-C) and OpenFrameworks (C++ / OpenGL) applications

Who I work with...

I've worked on a range of projects with digital agencies for clients such as BBC, Channel 4, Co-op, Mencap, The Beatles and more...

I also work directly with clients such as David Hockney Studio, Salts Mill...

Please get in touch to check my availability.

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There's lots of high profile agency work that I can't show you here sadly. Feel free to ask about it!

uKinect : TIGA 2013 award winner!

uKinect The Gamelab team won "Best Educational Initiative" for uKinect in the TIGA Games Industry Awards.

We were also nominated in the "Best Tools and Technology" category.

Spooky events...

Spooky forest ... are afoot in the Enchanted Forest at Redbridge Library in Ilford this Autumn.

There's a storm brewing, bats are aloft, and what's that stirring in the woods?

Dare you visit?

uKinect at SEN 2013

uKinect You could try out our Makaton signing game/s at the Special Educational Needs Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London - 10-11th October 2013.

If you missed it, here's a quick demo video

Waves Around Us

Waves Around Us Working with the artists Jens and Morten, I supplied software for a festival in Denmark, celebrating "Waves around us". The "interactive oscilloscope" was built to respond to sound and movement...

Here's a short video of proceedings...

Beacons festival 2013

Beacons Social Tent Projections Amorphous Orchestra were at the Beacons Festival 2013 mapping interactive projections on to the Social tent. The audience could play multiplayer arcade and console classics.

Or just watch the trippy visuals... :-)

Guide Dogs Association: TAPS

The Nepalese Necklace July 2013: I've been hard at work on an interesting project... A collection of games based on "TAPS": physical gestures/exercises for visually impaired children, all aimed at improving orientation and mobility... Read more on the Reflex Arc site...

Playing with the Leap Motion

Leap Motion HTML5 A quick test with the new Leap Motion gestural device and HTML5 app integration - with a test panorama of Salts Mill (and a nice horizontal parallax effect thrown in for good measure)...

Just swipe left/right/up/down.

Media Museum Games Lounge

Media Museum installationAn interactive experience in the newly revamped games lounge at the National Media Museum. It explores various particle effects, deformations and tracking abilities of the Microsoft Kinect.

Enchanted Forest...

Amorphous Orchestra...with Amorphous Orchestra. Part of the amazing new children’s library at Redbridge Library..

An interactive “Enchanted Forest” with a waterfall, a population of mysterious creatures and magical effects. Here's a little teaser video

CSS 3D Twitter "Clouds"

CSS 3D experiment An experiment based on CSS 3D Clouds, pulling in data from the Twitter API and rendering it using CSS 3D transformations. Works on mobile browsers.

We look at how you'd go about doing this, refactoring, and more, in my HTML5 courses.

HTML5 Training

HTML5I offer training in the following areas, relating to the Open Web Platform:

I run courses for NTI Leeds

Amorphous Orchestra

Amorphous OrchestraWebsite detailing collaborations with Dave Lynch and Paul Miller.

Original visual experiences working with cutting edge technology in the fields of human computer interaction and projection mapping

Finding your feet...

Software Developer's JournalAn article for Software Developer's Journal: ActionScript to JavaScript: Finding your feet

The article contains tips and tricks to help Flash ActionScript developers adapt their knowledge to the JS-centric world of HTML5...

Gesture communication - uKinect

A Gamelab project funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and managed by JISC TechDis.

Phase 2 is underway... See the Gamelab site for more information.

Flash iOS Cookbook...

Amorphous OrchestraTechnical reviewer for this excellent book by Christopher Caleb.

"Build your own apps, port existing projects, and learn the best practices for targeting iOS devices using Flash Professional"

Unity3D Interactive Audio...

Unity 3D I was honoured to have twice been invited to Hong Kong in 2012 to teach Unity 3D modules. This was for Leeds Metropolitan University.

The teaching focused on interactive audio and audio game techniques.

Kala Sangam - Flux

Kala Sangam - FLUX

A new installation at the Kala Sangam arts centre in Bradford.

Interact with a digital flow of ribbons via gesture and sound....

A playful disposition between flow and form, exploring the subtleties and joy of movement.

Boom, shake the room!

National Media Museum - Boom, Shake the Room

This was a family activity at the National Media Museum in April 2012.

Families created their own audio track and then interacted with it in a digital, sound reactive, 3D experience. Here are some videos recorded on the day.

Duke of York connects with uKinect

Prince Andrew watches on as Jonathan Hassell demonstrates the systemThe uKinect software has been stirring Royal interest... Here it is being demonstrated to Prince Andrew at the Gamelab office.

We're now starting work on Phase 2 using the latest Microsoft Kinect SDK. See the Gamelab site for info.

Kinect Fun Labs Election

"Which of these six ingenious ideas would you most like to see become a Kinect Fun Labs Gadget?"

My music visualiser "hack" featured at the E3 games conference. It was runner up in the Microsoft Xbox Fun Labs election..

uScreen storyboard tool

AMI award winner 2011

uScreen's tools are a great way for young, aspiring film makers to start and enjoy the film making process.

See your script come to life by using this easy to use storyboard app, then save the results as a PDF.

uScreen collaborative cutting room

The collaborative cutting room is another uScreen tool

Aspiring film makers can put their creations together in the Cutting Room, and allow other uScreen members to join them in the process.  "A brilliant site for young film makers" tweeted a certain @stephenfry

uScreen player / accessibility editor

The uScreen media player features community led accessibility features.

Film makers can record their own audio and BSL sign captions, add subtitles and even add visual captions. Watch a demo here...

Flash tabbing / focus solution

An accessible solution to cross browser tabbing and keyboard focus issues with Flash.

Source available, or see the solution in action. Uses a combination of AS3 and JS.

Kinect experiments

"Very awesome music visuals that would be the perfect backdrop for a live gig or in a club setting" - the experiment was featured by The Creators Project.

Check out the interactive music visualiser. Also: more Kinect visuals & Chewy Visuals

BISCT: Blind cricket simulator

An immersive, virtual practice and training environment for people who are blind or have visual impairments using 3D virtual sound with Wii technology. The simulator has been built using the same "binaural" sound engine as an earlier project - "Sos and the Big Maths Adventure". This is a desktop application.

Click Postcard

Send a real postcard using your own holiday snaps with Click Postcard's simple application.

Create, share and send perfect, personalised postcards!

BAFTA nomination!

BAFTA logoNovember 2009. My colleagues and I at Gamelab were nominated for an award by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in the Children's Awards category.

The nomination is for Mencap Plannet, an easy-to-use online tool that engages families to plan their future together.

BAFTA nod for Performing Hands!

Signing avatarsNovember 2008

This BAFTA nominated project consisted of a series of Flash based 3D games, videos and learning activities.

Dynamic, signing 3D characters are used to help sign-bilingual deaf children with their BSL and English literacy.

NDCS Family Sign Language Tools

Signing dictionaryMarch 2010

Video dictionary and sign game built for NDCS.

The Family Sign Language website is a fun and interactive website for families of deaf children aged 0-5 who want to learn basic British Sign Language (BSL).

 

Salts Mill website

Salts MillThe Salts Mill website, was a collaboration with Jonathan Wilkinson. The brief: to capture the romance of the mill through an interactive experience.

It features the David Hockney gallery and a panoramic "tour" through the mill.

David Hockney Studio intranet

Webcam Experiments Image/video archiving intranet tools for David Hockney studios (Bridlington).

This is an image archiving solution (PHP / Flash) that synchronises with a custom built iPad / iPhone app.

CO-OP "Walking Bus" Game

COOP Walking Buses

September 2008

A Flash game to promote the "Walking Bus" scheme - an effort to cut carbon emissions, traffic congestion, and giving children a healthy start to their day. The game picks up this idea; if the emissions rise too high it’s game over.

Riad Farnatchi

Riad FarnatchiPanoramic, interactive experience of the sights and sounds of Marrakech. Commissioned for the Riad Farnatchi hotel website.

As you scroll through the panoramic experience watch the day unfold in front of you...

Radiowaves player / live broadcast

Radiowaves: Safe school podcasting, video and blogs for young people to report on their world.

I developed the site-wide video and audio player and a live broadcasting tool-set for members to publish their own stations.

Award nomination!

Raw February 2010.

I was nominated for a JISC Developer recognition award for my work on BISCT - Blind Interactive Simulation for Cricket Training.

This utilises an innovative dynamic "binaural" 3D sound engine based on AM3D technology.

 

Interactive 3D panoramic video

3D panoramic video in FlashThis is an interactive, panoramic experience / experiment running in Flash and rendering the video in 3D. Just move the mouse left or right to look around....

Video by Jonathan Wilkinson

PureMVC / Papervision

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