Wednesday, March 7, 2018

We now return you to regularly scheduled programming...

This goes out to my amazing Blackball kids.

We will be back in business Thursday, 22 March.

I'm finally finished making beats and writing riffs for Undisclosed Location, a cool new album of original music written and performed by the inmates at Grand Valley Institution for Women.
The album will be free-downloadable Thursday, March 8th, International Women's Day.

I'm so looking forward to seeing you all on the 22nd! We'll listen to some tracks from the album, and then we can get back to work.

But then, work is play.

Tight is right.

Have an excellent March Break.

And tell Sheilana to behave herself.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

In October, we're taking control.

With less than a month to go before Blackball shatters the peace and quiet of Regent Park and Trinity-Bellwoods, Blackball kids are raring to take their places and get synthesized.
Who's the lucky Blackballista that gets to make medicine with this newly-acquired M-Audio Axiom 25 control surface? The one with semi-weighted keys and a real-time velocity display?

We'll talk.

In the meantime, you can watch this this live Blackball performance footage.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Give me the high hat...

Ableton just released a pack of real-drums high hat patterns. I just dropped a couple of these little babies over a simple kick-and-snare pattern, courtesy of the SparkLE. If you're one of those lucky people with a special affinity for drum pads, check out the link for this new, new, super-heavy funk:
Live High Hats.

Take your places.

We are making electronic music history.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Second Sight.

Thanks to the very generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, Blackball's long-awaited second site goes operational in the New Year.

With this much-needed contribution of a significant amount of moolah, Blackball will deliver its transformational electronic music performance and production program to not one, but two Toronto Kiwanis Boys And Girls Clubs locations, Regent Park and Trinity Bellwoods.

Is there space in your community for innovative electronic music programming? Blackball would love to partner with you.

It takes two, baby.

Friday, July 22, 2016

FW ii: Magnificent. Seven.

The fourth iteration of the Blackball electronic music project is underway at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club.

As of this writing, seven kids
—a Blackball record—have signed on for the Fall/Winter term.

But there's more. Talks are underway with a TKBGC unit in the downtown Toronto area for a second, discrete Blackball site.

Watch this space for news, performance dates and exciting updates.

Photos by Simon Remark at

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Blackball: Alive and Pictured.

On the 15th of June, the young musicians of the Blackball Project's school-year session took the stage at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs AGM and ended the year with big beats and sweet synths.

Meanwhile, there's a new band waiting in the wings: Blackball's second summer session is already underway.

Every picture tells a story.

Photo credits, 1-7. Simon Remark at, 8. Alexandra Hall.

Monday, May 9, 2016


We produced this short video to give the world at large a clue to the Blackball project is all about.

Won't you lend your ears and eyes to our fledgling project, and watch this rivetting "What-We-Do"?

The play length is all of 2:59.

That's 28 seconds less than the '45 radio edit of Kraftwerk's Autobahn. You can't go wrong.

See It Now.