art[music]tech

Musings, ramblings, sewage and insights from an academic fighting his way through PhD Study in combing sound and visuals via technology. www.nickdonovanmusic.com - @nickdonovan

Another set (mobile, this time) of photos from my trip to Glasgow with MMUle and Proto-type.

One set of photos from a rehearsal trip to Glasgow I undertook in January with MMUle (Manchester Metropolitan University Laptop Ensemble) and Proto-type theatre. Photos here by Jonas Hummel

Today I have been programming new patches/instruments for each member of MMUle (Manchester Metropolitan University laptop ensemble) for performing my new piece for the Laptop-Theatre (#laptopera?) with Proto-type Theater company. We’re all headed up to Tramway Theatre in just under 2 weeks for rehearsals in their biggest space - very exciting.

Here’s a little coverage of the Hackathon I did on Saturday at MadLab in Manchester by The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/nov/19/manchester-data-visualisation-hackathon).

The details of the ‘Discover Conerhouse’ App me and @Danhett devised are below and some final images above - we also demoed a working flash version of the app designed to provide a non-linear, visually-focused approach to the Cornerhouse (Manchester)’s output based on a ‘that’s pretty, what’s that’ discovery experience.

Hackathon Notes - Cornerhouse Discovery App

We’re using the image (Exhibitions set in Flikr), movies (shown at the Cornerhouse) and books (published at Cornerhouse) datasets to create an app that provides a platform for the discovery of those past works/events in a very intuitive and impulsive way - using the information outside of a system ordered by author, date or ID numbers.

The app collages image, text, and sound to create a free (thumb) roaming experience allowing the user to discover books, movies and artworks through serendipity. In browsing through the multi-layered coffee table of media, the user is encouraged to select phrases from books, images of exhibitions and quotes/posters from films as an entry point to their journey. Each media layer is independent to next (image and text are not stuck to each other) to facilitate random discovery.

As users click on their choice of quotes, phrases or images more information and enlarged images come to the fore and the discovery environment is re-populated with other media related to those chosen, creating a mediascape that is defined by taste.

> Minimal Menus - only delete taste preferences, to aid new discovery, and add media to a favourites list.

> The primary aims of the app is to provide a platform for the discovery of artworks, movies, books and other Cornerhouse media (such as artists interviews, audio/music from artworks etc) through an intuitive and inviting interface. It uses the aesthetics related to the data provided and if people want to get more information they can simply select it and it will enlarge. The user then has the choice to discard that media and continue exploring or add to their favorites for easy reference later.

> Finding the cornerhouse font with whatthefont.com to use for text quotes etc

Motos for the Hackathon **Fake it till you make it ***Keep your datasets positive.

> Notes on what we could develop the app into - Share options through twitter etc

A screen shot from one of the media control patches in my forthcoming work Digital Spaces (working title). It has made me consider much more seriously having this inner workings on display (on a separate screen/monitor) and allowing the user see where they are in the digital zones - to see themselves being tracked too might aid their experience of what it is occurring.

A screen shot from one of the media control patches in my forthcoming work Digital Spaces (working title). It has made me consider much more seriously having this inner workings on display (on a separate screen/monitor) and allowing the user see where they are in the digital zones - to see themselves being tracked too might aid their experience of what it is occurring.

Introducing LiPS (work in progress version) -  A revision of my Labyrinthian Pathways System - The Linear Pathways System. It facilitates a dynamic, choice-based interaction with media allowing users to explore sound/images through tracking their choices and enabling narratives or reward-based objectives through their interaction. This is a sub-patch of my forthcoming final PhD project -Digital Spaces (working Title)

Introducing LiPS (work in progress version) -  A revision of my Labyrinthian Pathways System - The Linear Pathways System. It facilitates a dynamic, choice-based interaction with media allowing users to explore sound/images through tracking their choices and enabling narratives or reward-based objectives through their interaction. This is a sub-patch of my forthcoming final PhD project -Digital Spaces (working Title)

baptistsbootleggers:

We’ve put together a bundle of the compilations from Sounds From The Other City & Fat Out Fest along with a new mask by Volkov Commanders for November’s ORBIT.

They’ll be available in limited quantities as of tomorrow (Wednesday 10th October) from Common, V Revolution and from Volkov Commanders at events during their residency at Islington Mill, starting tomorrow at 4pm with “Body Parts” workshop.

Check here for a list of events to get the bundle at…

http://www.facebook.com/events/371768019568914/

WEAR THE MASK.