Visual music book chapters

I have two new chapters regarding the application of biofeedback and affective computing technologies with the field of visual music, in the book Recent Advances in Ambient Intelligence and Context Aware Computing.


Also coming up: this month our research team have a paper at Salford University’s Sonic Fusion festival.  Then in March I will exhibit Optical Research at the Axis Arts Centre in Crewe, and premier 3 compositions at Leeds College of Music’s International Festival of Artistic Innovation.

Article in Leonardo Music Journal


I am extremely please to say that I have a new article in Leonardo Music Journal vol. 24 (MIT Press).  The article is called ‘Affective Audio’ and discusses the collective work being carried out in our research team at Glyndwr University.  The article focuses especially on an exciting project currently being carried out by my PhD student Darryl Griffiths, which explores the us of sensor technologies to recognise human context in order to improve the selections made by musical playlists.

Click here to access the journal via MIT


JEWEL-002 Optical Research DVD

[JEWEL-002] Various Artists – Optical Research (2xDVD Set)


Optical Research is a 2xDVD (1x PAL DVD video disc; 1x Data DVD with HD files) set of video art, showcasing work from a variety of composers on the international visual music / experimental film / computer music scene. The compilation features 90 minutes of short-films ranging from psychedelic abstract cinema to cold digital geometric mind-trips, glitch and hardcore data visualisations. The works included have been screened at film festivals and concerts all over the world and won various awards. They are presented here on DVD for the first time.

Ordering info:

JEWEL-001 | Jon Weinel – Entoptic Phenomena in Audio (12″ Vinyl)


Jon Weinel – Entoptic Phenomena in Audio (12″ limited edition transparent orange Vinyl)

Psychedelic electroacoustic music based on altered states of consciousness research.  

1. Night Breed 

2. Surfer Stem (7:11)

3. Swamp Process (6:25)

4. Entoptic Phenomena (7:37)

Price: £10 + P&P


Can be ordered via Hardcore Jewellery directly, or from Toolbox Records (Paris) and Piccadilly Records (Manchester).


2nd place in EVA ‘Best Demo’ category, Fort Process…

The voting results are in from EVA London 2014: my demo of a real-time psychedelic visualisation (‘psych dome’) came 2nd place in the ‘best demo’ category!  Full results here.Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 10.32.56

Next week I will be presenting a talk on altered states of consciousness and electroacoustic music, and screening of my psychedelic visual music films at Fort Process, an arts council funded festival in a fort, headlined by free-jazz legend Peter Brötzmann.  I will also be performing at the festival with Repo Jazz.  The festival has already sold out!

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Programme note for the talk below:

Dr. Jon Weinel is an artist and academic researcher based in the UK (North Wales).  His work focuses on methods through which hallucinatory altered states of consciousness can be represented in sound and computer artworks.  His work in this area includes compositions of electroacoustic music, experimental video artworks, software and interactive systems.  In this talk, Dr. Weinel will give a brief historic overview of psychedelic art: from early shamanic cave paintings to modern electronic music.  He will then discuss a variety of his own projects which explore the idea of psychedelic altered states of consciousness, ranging from computer music to experimental video artworks and work with computer game engines.  The second half of the talk will include the screening of several recent experimental video artworks (visual music) by Weinel, including brand new work created using a combination of 8mm film and digital techniques.

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After Fort Process i’m going straight on the ICMC | SMC conference in Athens, where i’ll be presenting a talk on Easter Eggs: Hidden Messages in Musical Mediums and screening Mezcal Animations.  In the first week of October I’m then off to Denmark where i’ll be presenting a paper entitled Sound Through The Rabbit Hole: Sound Design Based On Reports of Auditory Hallucination at the Audio Mostly 2014 conference (University of Aalborg).

Cenote Zaci

My latest experimental video artwork was created using empty mezcal bottles and a bad attitude.

Cenote Animations: i. Cenote Zaci

Cenote Animations is a trilogy of psychedelic experimental video artworks. Drawing inspiration from his experiences swimming in the cenotes of Mexico, each piece is a cenote-themed visual music hallucination. The pieces utilise a combination of direct animation on 8mm film, together with stop-motion animation and computer graphics. The sound is also a blend of digital and analogue techniques, utilising analogue synthesis, hardware effects pedals, mezcal bottles and a shinobue purchased from a Tokyo flea market.

Brown Moss Nature Recordings

Some nature recordings, testing out my new recording setup for stereo ambiences, using a Rode NT4 + blimp.  These were recorded at Brown Moss nature reserve in Shropshire, 8th June 2014.  In the last two recordings you can hear it starting to rain, eventually becoming quite heavy!