8 years ago London was hosting the Olympics and I met Philip Su for the first time at Browns in Covent Garden to talk about the engineering office Facebook was planning to open in London. By the end of this year Facebook London will have thousands of people working in technical roles. It was an amazing ride.
Along the way I was lucky enough to work with some incredible engineers to help build numerous things that I would have considered impossible 8 years ago: a static analyser which defies the halting problem to finds bugs in massive code bases in minutes; immersive multi-user VR experiences that support hundreds of mutually aware people running on a mobile phone strapped to your face and a working siege engine built overnight on the roof of a castle.
8 years on it feels like mission accomplished. Despite the incredible recent events, I can’t remember the last time I heard anyone question the future of Facebook London engineering: I can move on and it will continue to succeed without me, so that’s what I’m doing.
Recent events have also made me think more about where I want to spend my time. In the near future I’m going to spend more time with my family and friends in Brighton, more time supporting XR, more time making music and software and then, eventually, some time thinking about what comes next. If you’d like to make some music or software with me, let me know.
100 robots Vs The Audience
100 robots Attack!
Lots of exciting 100 robots news! Our debut album, Attack!, has been professionally mastered by Chris at Melograf Mastering who has done an amazing job and made the album sound incredible. The new version is already available at bandcamp and will be available on itunes, amazon and many other download …read more
Data Is Not Art
This week I experienced two remarkable combinations of music and the moving image.
This evening I watched Nature — Mira Calix and Quayola’s audio visual piece which took video footage of flowers blowing in the wind and used motion tracking technology to generate music …read more
“100 robots attack!” Album Out Now!
On Friday I jumped on the train to London to attend Playful 2010, a one day conference put on by mudlark of World of Love fame. Despite billing itself as a day of cross “disciplinary frolicking” and featuring designers, podcasts, discussions of narrative, iphone augmented paper games and Disco Snake …read more
HTML 5 Audio Redux
HTML 5 multimedia
Always Watching The Watchers
Always Watching has been one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever worked on. Using a commodity PC and the incredible Ableton Live …read more
Battle of the Battle of the Bands
So, which band is the best and which battle of the bands is better? Early indications favour The Providence …read more