James Baldwin


Cherry, Pine, Brass and modified Sanyo cassette recorders, 2020


The most limiting factor of how we interact with and integrate AI within our extended community is the language we use and it’s extended reflection upon society at large.

mellosette is a tool in which humans can converse musically with AI and allows a user to interface with and actually ‘talk’ to a computer in a call and response manner. It has been constructed in such a way that human language is not a necessary tool for understanding a connected AI’s response. 

Constructed in two parts and finished in pine and cherry, firstly as a recognisable chromatic piano keyboard using a mixture of found materials and computer parts, secondly a MIDI controllable cassette tape array, able to be used as 24 individual replaceable sampled tracks which are tuneable over a range of musical scales as to not limit the user tonally.

Taking cues from both the portable record players of the 60s and the home and office computers of the early 80s, the mellosette has been carefully designed as a piece of functional furniture intended for use in a living or comfort room producing audible analogue warmth helping to create a normalising of cultivation or nurturing behaviours whilst using AI. 


Less of an artist and more of a maker, Baldwin’s work is used as a visual extension of his own comprehension of larger situations and ideas. Whilst often diverse in theme and physicality an attempt is made to retain a certain level of visual cohesion within the body of work, keeping to a pallet of earthy tones highlighted with accents of bright primary colours.

Above all else his work attempts to engage an audience, with no prior knowledge necessary, but always in an inquisitive nature. Attempting to realise answers, big or small, together. 





Fine Art