A man in his 30s is looking at the camera. He has white skin, and has brown hair which falls around his ears. He is smiliing with his mouth closed, and has a beard. In the background, there is a grey bus.

Loui Binns – Video Technician and Graphic Designer.

Loui supports Dan with maintenance of the IOU studio and also technical work on current and future projects. Design work involves asset and media creation for a wide variety of formats.

How long have you been with IOU and what has been your highlight?

I have been working with IOU since June 2016. Highlights have included working in the First bus depot on the tech for the bus just before it went on the first tour of Rear View. Cold months in the warehouse getting the tech ready for Patternarium and the continual quest to fit Speaking Tubes into rooms with multiple large pillars in.

Tell us about your professional journey before joining IOU?

I work as a freelance designer, audio producer and technician alongside releasing music under the moniker Rhombus Index. I also help run a Sound System called Sonorous Sounds.

My interests in creativity fall at the line (blurred line?) between interactive/ reactive digital art and electronic music. I do my best to explore this both with the music and visual art I make and from an installation perspective at events with Sonorous Sounds. I particularly enjoy generative and random systems in art and music and include these concepts in my work wherever possible, let the computers run free!

My recent work has included the release of my EP ‘Planar’ on See Blue Audio in July 2021. A commission for IOU Theatre’s Speaking Tubes called ‘Abiogenesis Tessellation’ in 2020. The piece used a mixture of digital synthesis and sounds recorded in IOU’s workshop to create an immersive spatial audio composition. Also, the release of my EP ‘Tracts’ in 2020 on the label hibernate as part of their #TwoPointSixChallenge. 

In 2018 I worked with Make Do Theatre to create the soundtrack for their production “Little Change” which explored homelessness through verbatim and physical theatre.

Tell us about any stand out productions or exhibits you’ve experienced that left their mark on you?

‘I’m not sure I can distinctly pick out any one thing as having inspired me the most. What I can say is my overall experience of live electronic music and digital art has an ongoing impact on what I spend my time doing.’