I supported The Orb (pinch me!?)

I can almost *taste* the transparent TDK90 cassette with ‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’ recorded onto it, I loved it that much 😂. I can clearly conjure the memory of my cousin’s bold handwriting on the sticker across the body of the tape – green sharpie, all caps: THE ORB.  I don’t remember if I stole it from her or if she gave it to me, but I suspect the former as it would take me years to find out what this album was actually called 😉 Those two words were all I had to go on. As a 12year-old kid who’d had a pretty turbulent childhood, this tape was my first safe space – mentally, spiritually and musically – a complete palette of sounds to soothe, to feel uplifted by and get lost inside. Years before I started going to free parties or being part of any scene, the die was cast: I was going to be a raver, lose myself in the sub, still be dancing at dawn when the sun rises and everything is touched by the purity and brilliance of a new day, still be awake at dusk to gaze into the horizon and answer the question, “What were the skies like when you were young?” As it happened, jungle was just around the corner and the crunchy down-tempo Amens I first encountered on Little Fluffy Clouds would soon skitter all the way up to 160bpm, taking me with them for the following decade, but I didn’t know that then and I certainly didn’t need that then: I needed to centre and CHILL >>>> and The Orb made that space for me.

Fast forward to 2019, and I was a bit blown away to find myself supporting founder member, Alex Paterson, on a warm evening in early July on my home turf in East Anglia, at Colchester Arts Centre, almost exactly 1 year since I’ve put myself ‘out there’ as a solo artist.

For this gig I wanted to take Paterson’s audience on a 45-minute synth journey from squealing high-jinks FM to stripped-back, bit-crushed sub, layered with sympathetic strings and plinks courtesy of the Rings, vocals hazing in out and from the Radio Music, all held together by a backbone of 909 drums. I was determined to play this one 100% live, forgoing a ‘break glass in case of emergencies’ laptop, which is also an important milestone for me. I’ve put together two bits of phone footage to give viewers at home a flavour 😉 It was an absolute honour to play at this level – the sound system and light show was amazing. It all just came together beautifully on the night, as if it was meant to be ❤

Alex’s set banged of course! But that goes without saying, right?

Next stop #LadiesofModular / Brighton Modular Meet on 19th July, hope to see some of you on the south coast for a weekend of workshops, performances and nerd chat.

me and the big guy … (no of course i couldn’t resist asking him for a cheesy picture after the show.)


A huge thank you to the #Apo33 collective for inviting me to participate in Electropixel9 on 5th July 2019 in Norwich. They’re a French sound art collective who are currently touring an amazing array of performances and sound installions around Europe, including David Tudor’s Rainforest IV which the group had re-created upstairs at St Mary’s Works in collaboration with NNSAC. I took a little tour of the installation in the dark, just the ambient street lighting sneaking through the rooflights, throwing shadows of all various objects suspended from wires on the ceiling – everything from crash barriers to kettles – the transducers whirring away to themselves like tiny washing machines! It very much felt like I was witnessing the living embodiment of the old conundrum, “If a tree falls in the forest and there is no-one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Next stop for them is London – catch them at Goldsmiths on Thursday (and other places around LDN next weekend). Special shout-out to #Enerzion aka Chloe Malaise 😘 and to Oliver Payne of NNSAC for the picture below.

iHack / Ipswich / 8 May to 12 June

Hello! Sonitus – myself and Dave Stitch – are running some workshops inspired by Nicholas Collins’ Handmade Electronic Music at South Street Studios, Ipswich on Wednesdays from 8 May to 12 May 2019. There are two 2.5hr sessions per day, 10am or 1.30pm, and workshops are open to any adult with an additional need. We’ll be twitching loudspeakers, listening to the world through mics, making our own arduino FM synths, and circuit bending some toys! There are still spaces available so get in touch 🙂

Atari Punk Girls LIVE

Behold the Noiselings! Atari Punk Girls first LIVE performance on Saturday 23 March 2019 in Norwich. These girls were incredible: building all their DIY synths from scratch and putting together a performance in almost no time at all and without ever having played with these kind of machines before! Absolute hardcore punx the lot of them, so PROUD! 💖♥️👏🌈 Big thanks to Plink Plonk and Norfolk County Council for helping BRING THE NOIZE.

APG group photo 23 MarchP1090610

INTERACT at The Sainsbury Centre

Currently beavering away putting together some work that combines drone with debris in a new collaboration with sculptor Ed Murray. I’m creating three separate but interlinked sound pieces that will emanate from inside the bodies of a collection of sculptures, Anthropocene Chimera.

We’ll be displaying them as part of INTERACT at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich on 19th March 2019.

EDIT: Concrete Magazine reviewed the exhibition here

Some photos from the inaugural ‘The Smokehouse Presents’

The Smokehouse in Ipswich is part of the South Street Studios complex – a really important cultural hub for music in one of the UK’s most deprived areas. They are an amazing bunch who are working tirelessly to build links, foster a scene and promote music and the arts in a community where there is very little provision currently. The complex combines a recording studio and a radio station, alongside The Smokehouse venue – a place which bridges that really important gap in venues for live music in Suffolk, between pubs and 100+ capacity venues, i.e. a small but perfectly formed (and purpose-built) place to put on gigs! Also the great new PA system and lighting, as well as a decent bar and friendly engineers all deserve a high-five and a mention ;D

Last Friday, 1st March 2019, was the inaugural Smokehouse Presents gig, an event curated by the team themselves rather than as the usual venue hire-out. I was really pleased to be asked to support the brilliant Sink Ya Teeth and to share a bill with the ever-lovely Sorrdes.

Stuart Gilson just kindly sent me a few pics of my set on the night, so I thought I’d post em up here 🙂

Innalog? Modulog? A log with a modular synth in it!
Innalog? Modulog?
Loula Yorke live at The Smokehouse Presents
Loula Yorke at The Smokehouse Presents
Loula Yorke live at The Smokehouse Presents
Loula Yorke at The Smokehouse Presents
Eyes closed, headphones on, tinted pink ... Loula Yorke live at The Smokehouse Presents
Lost in the moment 😉 Loula Yorke at The Smokehouse Presents
Loula Yorke live at The Smokehouse Presents
Loula Yorke at The Smokehouse Presents

Atari Punk Girls partner with NNSAC to deliver sound workshops in Norwich

Wicked news that Norfolk and Norwich Sonic Arts Collective are bringing Atari Punk Girls to the Shoe Factory Social Club in Norwich on Saturday 23 March. I’ll be running workshops for girls on safe soldering, making a stepped-tone generator and sound composition, all followed by an evening performance at Plink Plonk where the Atari Punk Girls will be, quite literally, bringing the noise!

This workshop uses teaching materials and printed circuit boards designed by Nina Richards and the Yorkshire Sound Women Network.