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Tim Cole AKA 'Colartz'

Artist, Technologist & BAFTA Award winnner

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In the 70s I went to school in Exmouth, Devon. Luckily for me, for my 14th birthday I was given a nylon guitar by my parents. That guitar was the genesis of my lifelong creative journey. I've been playing & writing music on that (and other guitars) ever since. I've even written a few things for piano, but (most of) those compositions have got lost.

Visual Artist

In the 80s I was living in Sussex (Eastbourne, Brighton & others). One evening in Brighton I had the extraordinarily good fortune of going to a Michael Hedges concert. He was an incredible guitarist and composer and his awesome performance just blew me away. As a result for a few years I mostly gave up playing and writing for guitar. I knew I needed to find a new creative outlet and that concert turned out to be the trigger that lead me to starting my artworks. This is also where my pseudonym 'Colartz' (pronounced as 'colours' came from).

Generative Musician

My music tech road started in Brighton in 1990. Being a physicist a few years back I learnt that you needed to have a clear idea of something before you could figure out how to build it (or how to get it built). See Technologist. It was never easy to do that for the Wotja Generative Music System meaning it is really something that is the result of many years of experimentation and serendipity. It has been an enormous (and ongoing) challenge to build it and has required every ounce of both my creative energies and those of my brother, Pete, too!


I had dabbled with writing songs ever since the 70s, but in the early 00s I decided in earnest to try my hand at it. Whether or not they are any good I get a great deal of pleasure out of it - so I am still doing it today. I've around 20 or so good new songs to get around to recording when I can figure out some lyrics.

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1990 - 2002


Some time in the early 80's after university (where I studied physics) I read Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. I imagined it might be possible to build something to create a real-time "intermorphic" performance. So, in 1990 I took myself off to do an MBA at Cranfield School of Management and where I am now an alumni. Whilst there I co-founded SSEYO Ltd and it went on to develop the SSEYO Koan Generative Music System. The Koan engine was principally designed / developed by Pete Cole (my brother) and me, with important input from Timothy Didymus and Brian Eno . We were very lucky and honoured that SSEYO Koan won a BAFTA in 2001 .

Tao Group

2002 - 2007

Head of Audio

In 2002 SSEYO was acquired by Tao Group and I worked there as Head of Audio. At Tao, Pete and I developed some spectacular audio technologies (e.g. intent Sound System) and apps (e.g. SSEYO miniMIXA, one of the earliest powerful music apps) for mobile devices. It was my view at the time that "the mobile phone is the next electric guitar " (via Internet Archive Wayback Machine), something that has now come true to some extent. We were obviously delighted when SSEYO miniMIXA won a BAFTA in 2005 . Sadly, however, Tao then went bust in 2007.


2007 - Today


In 2007 Pete and I co-founded another company, Intermorphic Ltd., and we set about building Liptikl (something altogether new) and Noatikl (a clean room developed replacement for Koan that could play Koan files). In April 2008 Intermorphic acquired the rights to Koan, miniMIXA and the intent Sound System and that technology base helped Intermorphic develop Mixtikl . We then went on to create Tiklbox and then Wotja . By Wotja V5 we had managed to consolidate all previous apps into just one app branded Wotja and which is now for iOS, macOS, Windows and Android. Get the latest version of Wotja (it's FREE).

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