Sessions: Saturday Ticket

Sessions: Saturday Ticket


Day Two of Convergence Sessions dives straight into immersive technologies and their influence and impact on storytelling, music, art, education, curation, podcasts and more.

The morning session is presented by Mixcloud, who invite some of the masters of podcasts and audio storytelling to meet Convergence attendees and discuss where its heading.

Punchdrunk, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Circa 69 and onedotzero take the reins in the afternoon to share how they use tech to create virtual worlds and design interactive experiences. 

Native Instruments wrap up the two-day event with genuinely unique DJ sets and performances from present-day music pioneers.

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10:00 - 10:40

Registration and Introduction

Collect your ticket, grab a coffee, say hello and take your seat as we give you an overview of Convergence Sessions.

10:40 - 12:20

Mixcloud Presents... A Morning of Audio Storytelling

As the well established home of long-form audio, Mixcloud celebrates the continued growth of audio storytelling and podcasts.

10:40 - 11:25 Interview / Audio culture with Coldcut
Mixcloud launches their podcast series on Audio Culture, conducting an in-depth interview with electronic music duo and sampling pioneers Coldcut, recorded live in front of the Convergence audience.

11:25 - 12:20 Panel / Why Audio Storytelling is the Next Big Thing
Helen Zaltzman (Podcaster, The Allusionist and Answer Me This)
Ruth Barnes / Director and Co-Founder, Chalk & Blade, Founder, The Other Woman)
Craig Duranti (Moda Black)
Nikhil Shah (Co-Founder, Mixcloud)

13:00 - 15:30

Exploring The Immersive: From URL to IRL

Key players explore technology as a means to enhance and expand fictional worlds and create new languages for storytelling. Sharing insight into their practice, these raconteurs discuss what immersive storytelling means in a digital age and where the balance lies between physical and virtual experience

13:00 - 13:40 Performance Lecture / CiRCA69 (Electronic Theatre Artist)
13:40 - 14:05 Talk / Lee Schuneman (Studio Head, Microsoft’s Lift London)
14:05 - 14:20 Talk / Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer, Punchdrunk)
14:20 - 15:30 Panel / Exploring the Immersive: Storytelling Panel
Catherine Allen (Immersive Media Specialist)
Robin McNicholas (Co-founder & Creative Director, Marshmallow Laser Feast)
Josh McNorton (Festival Producer, FuturePlay)
Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer, Punchdrunk)

15:45 - 17:15

onedotzero Presents... Conducting The Machine

Conducting the Machine features artists and educators who use machine learning, robotics, wearable computing and prosthetics to design performative systems and interactive experiences.

Introduced by Shane Walter (Creative Director at onedotzero).

15:50 - 16:10 Talk / Ruairi Glynn (Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett)
16:10 - 16:30 Talk / Mostafa ElSayed (Co-founder of Automata Technologies, Tutor at Architectural Association's Design Research Lab)
16:30 - 16:50 Talk / Phoenix Perry (Artist, Lecturer, Founder of Code Liberation Foundation)
16:50 - 17:10 Talk / Performance Lil Data (PC Music, Algorave)

18:15 - 21:30

Native Instruments Presents...

Join present-day pioneers as they showcase their work through DJ sets, live performances and talks.

Each artist is known for taking on the industry on their own terms and using their work to tackle unique terrains, from social philosophy to nanoscience. The second room is dedicated to interactive workshops showcasing new and exciting ideas in music technology. All selected by music production developers, Native Instruments.

18:15 - 18:45 Talk / Di Mainstone (Hybrid artist exploring sound through music)
18:45 - 19:15 Talk / Claire Tolan (Berlin-based ASMR artist)
19:15 - 19:35 Talk / Scientific Dreamz of U (DJ, Producer)
19:35 - 20:05 Live Music / Scientific Dreamz of U (DJ, Producer)
20:05 - 20:45 Live Music / Klein (Artist)
20:45 - 21:30 Live Music / Nkisi (Producer, DJ, Co-founder of NON)

Interactive workshops by: Heart n Soul, One Handed Musical Instrument Trust, and Native Instruments


Bela is an embedded system for real-time audio processing with ultra-low latency. Based on the BeagleBone Black single-board computer and featuring a custom hardware and software environment, Bela integrates audio processing and sensor connectivity in a single high-performance package.

Bela is an ideal platform for musicians, instrument designers, audio enthusiasts and interactive artists.

Bela was designed for audio hardware projects, but it doesn't stop there. Bela is the core of many electronic musical instruments, but has also been used for kinetic sculpture, interactive installations, even a game played in an analogue oscilloscope.

Catherine Allen (Immersive Media Specialist)

Catherine is a BAFTA-winning immersive media consultant, marketeer & creator. She's created high profile digital experiences with organisations ranging from the BBC to Siemens to Disney. Her most recent project is BBC No Small Talk, a 360 talkshow for millennial women. Catherine produced one of the BBC's first VR documentaries, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, which has toured theatres & festivals globally and was described by Broadcast Magazine as 'genre-defining'. Before VR, Catherine worked at educational app publisher, Touchpress; winning a BAFTA on the Disney Animated app.

Claire Tolan (Berlin based ASMR artist)

Since 2013, much of Claire Tolan’s work has found its foundation in the sounds of ASMR, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Tolan has hosted 'You’re Worth It', an ASMR show on Berlin Community Radio for three years. She has also worked with ASMR in performance, recording, and exhibition, collaborating with musician Holly Herndon, writer and artist Inger Wold Lund, and artist Camilla Steinum, among others. Tolan was the 2015 Goethe-Institut and SPACE Perlin Noise sound artist-in-residence at London’s White Building and a 2016 Berlin Musicboard Fellow. At present, Tolan is developing an ASMR-inspired tabletop role-playing game (RPG) system, die Siedler von SHUSH.


Coldcut are the UK’s most irrepressible musical mavericks. From their origins as 'the first Brit artists to really get hip-hop’s class-cutup aesthetic,' they introduced rap to ravers, creating a heady blend of hip-hop production aesthetics and proto-acid house grooves, and became a precursor for scenes as diverse as electronica, breakbeat, ambient and baggy.

Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer, Punchdrunk)

Colin's involvement in Punchdrunk started when he discovered the company's first project in London, Chair (2002) and was invited by its founder, Felix Barrett, to get involved in the realisation of future projects. His creative approach to production management and producing have become an integral part of Punchdrunk, helping to realise all UK major projects since Woyzeck (2004). As Senior Producer he successfully managed the company's first international project Sleep No More (2009) in Boston & its transfer to NYC (2011) which also included working on the collaboration with MediaLab, MIT to explore an online/digital experience that was embedded for a limited time in the New York production. He was the Creative Producer on The Borough (2013) an audio theatrical experience that unfolded on the streets of Aldebrugh, Suffolk.

Craig Duranti (Moda Black)

Craig Duranti is a record label manager, DJ, radio presenter and podcast host. 2017 sees the launch of Moda Black: In Conversation where Craig sits down with DJs & producers across the Electronic music spectrum. The first episode is with Ben Pearce.

Di Mainstone (Hybrid artist exploring sound through music)

Listed by The New York Times as one of the 'new generation visionaries', artist and researcher, Di Mainstone creates body-centric sculptures, designed to initiate movement and storytelling. Many of these wearable artefacts are inspired by technology. Some of them release sound when handled. Often, they can be modified to create new silhouettes, environments and functionalities. All of them tell a story.

Di’s body-centric devices have been performed at home and abroad, most notably at The V&A, The Barbican, The National Portrait Gallery, Eyebeam NYC and the Swedish National Touring Theatre.

Heart n Soul

Heart n Soul is an award-winning creative arts company and charity. They believe in the talents and power of people with learning disabilities, providing opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this power and talent as widely as possible.

In 2016, Heart n Soul won the best SEND Resource Award at the Music Teachers Awards for Excellence for SoundLab, were awarded PRS for Music Talent Development Partner status and were shortlisted for the Charity Governance Awards in the diversity category.

Helen Zaltzman (podcaster, The Allusionist and Answer Me This)

Helen Zaltzman is the producer and host of the independent comedy podcast Answer Me This, and the linguistics podcast The Allusionist. Debuting ten years ago, Answer Me This is one of the longest running British podcasts; it has won multiple awards, and been adapted into a book. The Allusionist was the first British podcast to be part of the prestigious Radiotopia network, and was iTunes' best of 2015 and 2016. Entirely self-taught, Zaltzman produces all her shows from home in south London.

HOST: Leigh Alexander (Digital culture writer and host of the Guardian's tech podcast)

Leigh Alexander is a journalist working at the intersection of technology and popular culture. She hosts the Guardian’s tech podcast, writes a technomancy column at Motherboard called "Oracles of the Web", and occasionally does narrative design for independent video games. She recently published Monitor, a cyberpunk novella, and launched an ASMR video series devoted to vintage computing.

Josh McNorton (Festival Producer, FuturePlay)

Josh McNorton is a Canadian-born, UK-based creative producer, curator and festival manager. Highlights of his 10+ year career include producing large-scale entertainment at two Olympic Games, international festivals, showcases and tours, and working for cultural and academic institutions. He currently works for Riverside Studios as the Producer of FuturePlay, a new digital arts and performance festival taking place in Edinburgh in August.

Klein (Artist)

South London based musician Klein is an artist who’s neoteric vision has seen her quickly become one of the UK’s most intriguing and unpinnable producers and performers. Her often playful and restive approach to composition is instantly alluring. Samples of obscure Nigerian B-Movies clatter into jagged beats. Distant piano loops lurk in the haze whilst beguiling vocals fade in and out of the sensory World she has created.
This year has seen the release of her debut album Only, self released online and then on heart shaped diamond USB stick by DIY label Howling Owl Records, and more recently the Lagata EP that has led her to be featured in Dazed and Confused, Wire, and i-D magazine; the latter of which premiered the beautiful Akinola Davies JR directed video for Marks Of Worship – a stunning five minutes piece of murky ambience dominated by a Whatsapp sermon sent from a Nigerian Aunt. You would expect nothing less from Klein.

Lil Data (PC Music, Algorave)

Lil Data aka Jack Armitage is a PhD Student in Media & Arts Technologies and musician, part of London-based record label PC Music. He has been live coding for three years, performing at Heaven (London), The Garage (SXSW), Create (Hollywood), and Berghain (Berlin). He has three years experience as a research engineer working at ROLI and FXpansion, and is now part of the Augmented Instruments Lab in the Centre for Digital Music. There he works on Bela, the embedded platform for ultra-low latency audio and sensor processing, and is researching craft in digital musical instrument design.

Mostafa ElSayed (Co-founder of Automata Technologies, Tutor at Architectural Association's Design Research Lab)

Mostafa ElSayed is the co founder of Automata Technologies, a London based robotics start up working to make industrial robotics more affordable and accessible to a variety of users . He is a graduate of the Architectural Association in London and is also a course tutor at the Design Research Lab program there.

Native Instruments (Cutting edge developer of software and hardware for music production and DJing)

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJing. The company's mission is to develop innovative, fully-integrated solutions for all musical styles and professions. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike. Native Instruments opened up the fascinating world of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers in 1996, and today offers an extensive product range for musicians, producers and DJs. The company currently employs more than 400 people in its offices in
Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shenzhen, and London.

Recent innovations such as the Stems open music format blur the boundary between production and DJing with exciting performance possibilities. Native Instruments’ hardware interfaces are the most widely used tools for beat-making, sound design and DJ performance. Their Komplete Kontrol S-Series is the first keyboard of its kind to include accessibility features for visually impaired users, opening up the world of Komplete and NKS instruments.

Nikhil Shah (Cofounder, Mixcloud)

Nikhil is Cofounder of online radio platform Mixcloud. Over the past 7 years he has helped lead the growth of the company from a couple of guys in a warehouse in Wembley to the world's biggest community of DJs and radio talent, reaching over 17 million people a month. Prior to Mixcloud, Nikhil was a brand strategy consultant and the Entertainments Manager at his University. He studied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Nikhil is a passionate crate digger and DJ, runs electronic music record label ManMakeMusic and evangelises dance through his side project Dance Club.

Nkisi (Producer, DJ, Co-founder of NON, a collective of artists of the African diaspora)

Nkisi is a member of London’s Endless crew and co-founder of NON, a collective of African and diaspora artists who aim to use sound as their primary means to oppose contemporary canons. Her sets uniquely weave Congolese rhythms with a palette of mutant electronic and new, hardcore sounds.


Pronounced 'oh-me’, the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust is a UK-based charity pioneering the development and adaptation of musical instruments for the physically disabled. Any deficiency in one hand or arm makes traditional instruments unplayable to any reasonable standard. As a result, millions across the world are excluded from music-making for the lack of suitable instruments.

The OHMI Trust’s objectives are to remove the barriers to music making faced by physically disabled people, and to enable undifferentiated participation in musical life, whether at school, in the home or in a professional ensemble.

Patrick Morgan (Creative Director, Room One)

Trained at the Royal College of Art, Patrick has worked as a commercial artist for over 20 years receiving commissions from famous designers and exclusive patrons; Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Dior, Fendi, The Royal Academy of Arts, The London Olympics, and was personally commissioned to do a portrait of US Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington.
Patrick had lectured for over a decade at the prestigious Istituto Marangoni Milan,london and Paris in fashion and design also giving talks at Goldsmiths, Tate Modern, NABA Milano and RCA.

Major works created in collaboration with Tom Ford for the English National Ballet, Ballet Russe’s 'The Firebird', which was then reused to represent Art and Culture at The Mayor of London's Office for the Olympics during 2012. Morgan also designed the Justin Timberlake world tour and most recently designing for Christian Dior Couture and James Bond film 'Spectre'.
photo credit: nicola favaron

Phoenix Perry (Artist, Lecturer at Goldsmiths, Founder of Code Liberation Foundation)

Phoenix Perry creates physical games and user experiences. Her work looks for opportunities to bring people together to raise awareness of our collective interconnectivity. As an advocate for women in game development, she founded Code Liberation Foundation, and is also an entrepreneur and principal founder in Dozen Eyes Games, a company producing works for social change and interactive installations. She is currently Lecturer in Physical Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Perry's creative work spans a large range of disciplines including drawing, generative art, video, games, interfaces and sound. Her projects have been seen worldwide at venues and festivals including the GDC, E3, Come out and Play, Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, Lincoln Center, Transmediale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, LAMCA, Harvest Works, Babycastles, European Media Arts Festival, GenArt, Seoul Film Festival and Harvestworks.

Robin McNicholas (Co-founder & Creative Director, Marshmallow Laser Feast)

Robin has directed teams involved in myriad of large-scale installations, live performances, VR & mixed reality experiences. Recently Robin has lead MLF's developments into multi-sensory narrative techniques in the form of an experiential project entitled Sweet Dreams - a collaboration between MLF and the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen. Touring installations include Laser Forest (interactive sculpture), In the Eyes of the Animal (mixed reality), Squarepusher (VR), Laser Face, Chameleon (mixed reality), TreeHugger (mixed reality) & Iris (robotics, lasers).

Ruairi Glynn(Artist, Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at The Bartlett)

Ruairi Glynn is Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab, and practicing digital artist with recent exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou Paris, the National Art Museum of China Beijing, and the Tate Modern, London. Drawing influence from the fields of psychophysics, cybernetics, and performance, his recent interactive installations have reflected upon rapid developments in robotics, and artificial intelligence exploring their uncanny aesthetics.

Ruth Barnes (Director and Cofounder Chalk & Blade, Founder The Other Woman)

Ruth Barnes is a podcaster, music expert, voiceover artist and broadcaster - founder of The Other Woman music network with a home on Resonance FM, and podcast production company Chalk & Blade.

Ruth has presented and produced music documentaries for BBC Radio 4. She has presented shows on BBC 6 Music, including BBC Introducing and an all-female 6 Mix. She is also a regular speaker at music industry conventions such as The Great Escape Convention and has chaired a panel discussion at the Southbank’s prestigious Meltdown Festival. Ruth has a voiceover career and is a voice of BBC TV continuity and gallery guides for the likes of The Tate and the National Gallery.

Scientific Dreamz of U (DJ, Producer exploring electronic music and nanoscience).

Scientific Dreamz of U is the musical output of a gentle London-based nanotechnologist. The project blends elements of Trance, 'New Age' and Body Music with the deeper reaches of Techno.
Long-form synaesthetic tracks have found homes on Tabernacle, 1080p Collection, R-Zone and Bokhari with upcoming releases on Emotional Response and Pinkman Broken Dreams.

The work discussed at Convergence represents the fruit of 4 years of research in the field of nanoscale magnetism. A description of the current state of the art will inform an outline of a recent breakthrough in next-generation magnetic computational processing, data storage and neural network technologies.

Shane Walter (Co-Founder and Creative Director, onedotzero)

Shane Walter is a multi-disciplinary creative director, designer, curator, commissioner and writer working in digital for 25 years, He is co-founder and creative director of onedotzero, a global- reaching digital cultural agency and international festival now in its 20th year at the forefront of digital culture.

Shane has produced and commissioned work from a generation of digital creators across installations, live AV, film, animation and online. He has brought digital culture into the brand world for the likes of Nike, Intel, Sky, Google, Acer, and worked with bands from U2 and the Stones to Take That and Lady Gaga for both music videos and global live shows.

Simon Wilkinson (Artist, also known as Circa69)

Simon Wilkinson's work incorporates audiovisual, installation, VR, electronic music, online
and performance mediums; often combining multiple approaches simultaneously. His work has been featured at Tate Modern and regularly tours internationally.

The most recent five works, produced under the name CiRCA69 and collectively entitled ‘Whilst The Rest Were Sleeping’, exist within a continuous narrative universe. Shows from this series have, in 2016, enjoyed a 14 nation world tour across 5 continents.

Sound And Music

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Theodore Spyropoulos (Co-founder of Minimaforms, Director of the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab)

Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator. He is the Director of the Architectural Association’s world-renowned Research Lab (AADRL) in London. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T’s Centre for Advanced Visual Studies working with the Interrogative Design Group and co-founded the New Media and Information Research Initiative at the Architectural Association. Theodore directs the experimental architecture and design studio Minimaforms with his brother Stephen Spyropoulos. Recent projects include a large scale land art work in Norway, a vehicle in collaboration with artist Krzystof Wodiczko, a behaviour based robotic installation for the FRAC Centre and immersive ephemeral environment for the city of Detroit.

Xanthe Fuller (Head of Community, Mixcloud)

Xanthe is the Head of Community of the online radio platform Mixcloud and spends her time working with influential artists and podcasters to assist them with getting the most out of their Mixcloud profiles. In her spare time she presents a monthly radio show on Soho Radio and ad hoc shows on Virgin Radio. Before joining Mixcloud Xanthe worked as a Radio Producer at BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6Music and Radio 2 producing the likes of Pete Tong, Mary Anne Hobbs and Rob da Bank.

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