Optical Research at the Axis Arts Centre



From 9-20th March i’ve curated an exhibition of the ‘Optical Research’ collection of visual music and related work at the Axis Arts Centre in Crewe (MMU Cheshire), and on the 18th gave a gallery talk about the exhibition in the context of my work in psychedelic/cyberculture.  This was included as part of MMU Cheshire’s ‘Curating Knowledge’ series of exhibitions and gallery talks.  Big thanks to MMU Cheshire for making this happen and organising everything so smoothly!


3 New Compositions Premiered at iFIMPaC


Last week my compositions Flood City, Cenote Zaci and Cenote Sagrado premiered at the iFIMPaC festival held at Leeds College of Music.  Flood City was featured in an electroacoustic diffusion concert on the Thursday, and the two audio-visual pieces were performed at the late night concert held at Belgrave Music Hall on Friday 13th March, in support of the incredible Radioland: Kraftwerk’s Radioactivity Revisited concert.


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).