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Reblogged Unvisualize the Interface

audiem.jpgAudiem is a non-visual web experience. It is inspired by online usability studies and the fact that our culture is so dependent on sight. It is designed primarily for people who are not visually impaired, to let them experience a linear audio interface without the distraction of visual content. It also provides podcasts of life without sight. Listen to them and focus on the background noises you would normally tune out. They are what the visually-impaired rely on to experience the world, sounds that most of us discard. We ignore nearly everything we hear and, apart from music, there are few sounds that we consciously focus on. [blogged by Luca on Ecopolis]


Oct 11, 2007
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Live Stage: iMAL [be Brussels]

thegate_01.jpgSecond Front, The Gate :: October 4, 2007; 6:00 pm :: iMAL, Brussels – Through the Gate installation, Second Front will perform live from Second Life directly projected in iMAL (related post) new public space; and the Brussels public will become performers in Second Life.

ESPACES CROISES + PYROGENESIS (FR) – October 5, 2007; 8:30 pm :: iMAL invites Pascal Baltazar and Mathieu Chamagne, two artists supported by GMEA, the musical research group of Albi. They will play personal compositions where they explore new types of gestural interfaces for controlling multi-channel computer-based sound processes Continue reading


Sep 27, 2007
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Audio Cubes

vancouver.jpgFrom an interview with Bert Schiettecatte about AudioCube by David Zicarelli. Bert Schiettecatte is the founder of Percussa, a music hardware and software company located near Leuven, Belguim. The company’s first product is the unusual controller system called Audio Cubes.

DV: If someone asks you to explain what the AudioCubes are, what’s the first thing you say?
BS: A tool for creating and performing electronic music and sound, which aims to stimulate creativity and lower user interface barriers.
DV: Can you give me an example of the kind performing interface I can make?
BS: If you use the AudioCubes out of the box as a MIDI controller, you can map relationships between the cubes and distances to trigger and continuous controller information. For example, Continue reading


Sep 7, 2007
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Atlantic Waves

atlanticwaves.jpgAtlantic Waves is an improvised network music performance by Monolake and Deadbeat. A special application, the Atlantic Waves Interface III, makes it possible to create music together in realtime while being thousands of miles apart. The Atlantic Waves Interface utilises a beautiful graphical surface which is projected during the performance. This interface is simple enough to be controlled in real time but allows for building up complex musical structures. It also allows the audience to follow all actions and to become part of the process. Every sound generated has a visual representation and all interaction with the software is displayed. The result is a unique and constantly evolving and changing piece of audio-visual art, created simultaneously in two different locations on the planet.This radical new concept of internet performance provides the bridge between club and fine arts, between computer graphics and music, between installation and improvisation.
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Aug 27, 2007
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Tenori-on

pic-001.jpgNot yet ready for sale, this truly marvelous little instrument is a collaboration between media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha. Tenori-on has a 16X16 matrix of LED switches that allows anyone to play music intuitively, creating a visible music interface.

The switches function as individual displays that emit light that emulates intuitively the related sound. When you push a switch for a short time, a ripple of light spreads out from the switch that corresponds with the sound you have chosen. If the switch is held longer, a dot of light remains on the panel indicating that the light and sound will be played repeatedly (looped). Even non-musicians can quickly understand the relationships between the sounds and switches and can enjoy improvising with it. Continue reading


Aug 24, 2007
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Björk uses reacTable in Summer Tour

According to several recent articles, and even video posts on YouTube, Björk has incorporated the reacTable interface into her “Volta” world tour. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQwW3dp2FZY[/youtube]This was actually announced on the reacTable site in late April, but only picked up by Wired and other sources more recently. The reacTable, developed by a team under the direction of Dr. Sergi Jordá at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, has been mentioned several times on this blog as it is part of a larger developmental trend for tangible musical interfaces.

Most of the general public rarely sees or is even aware of the development of alternative controllers and musical interfaces, so it is particularly interesting to read some of the comments on the YouTube video showing the reacTable’s use in Björk’s performance.


Aug 17, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Freqtric Drums

freqtricdrums.jpgFreqtric Drums allows a performer and her ‘audience’ to communicate as a single set of drums. Freqtric Drums enables us to not only recover face-to-face communication, but also to enhance the possibility of body-to-body communication … being open to another body and becoming a part of another body…

Freqtric Drums requires human contact to conduct a signal that triggers drum sounds generated from MIDI through wires. There are two types: Freqtric Drums Live, which is designed for live performance, has a ring interface and a sensor that is responsive enough to express the drummers’ performance in its most delicate nuances; and Freqtric Drums Home which has a knob interface, a wireless MIDI module, an A/D Converter, and a voice change function that make it portable and easy to use at home.


Aug 15, 2007
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Music Maker: A Camera-based Music Making Tool

camera.pngMusic Maker (From the abstract) The therapeutic effects of playing music are being recognized increasingly in the field of rehabilitation medicine. People with physical disabilities, however, often do not have the motor dexterity needed to play an instrument. We developed a camera-based human-computer interface called Music Maker to provide such people with a means to make music by performing therapeutic exercises. Music Maker uses computer vision techniques to convert the movements of a patient’s body part, for example, a finger, hand, or foot, into musical and visual feedback using the open software platform EyesWeb. Continue reading


Aug 6, 2007
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Reblogged Robert Henke – Atlantic Waves

atlantic_waves_5_04.jpgOne of the more impressive audio-visual events of last few years, for me, was the Nicolai / Henke / Ikeda gig in the Tate Turbine Hall, London, back in May 2006. All three performers won me over, providing very different interpretations of the audio-visual aesthetic.

Robert Henke performed his Atlantic Waves piece, a custom software application which drives Ableton Live. It’s a graphical mutating score that provides a visual representation of the sound and acts as a kind sequencer to the music itself. A nod in the direction of Mondrian’s grid paintings perhaps, the screen is populated with moving coloured squares that seem to interact like traffic or Cellular Automata, sometime imploding and regrouping in perfect synchronisation with the abstracted beats. Continue reading


Jul 30, 2007
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Glasbead + FAFFTOPIA

gbicc.jpgGlasbead, by John Klima, is a multi-user persistent collaborative musical interface allowing players to manipulate and exchange sound sample files and create a myriad of soundscapes and rhythmic musical sequences. Current bandwidth allows as many as 20 people to play Glasbead at the same time. Jeremy Owen Turner composed a piece for Glasbead called FAFFTOPIA in 2006. “Here is the 5th solo performance demo video of Fafftopia. This one is probably my fave performance so far…it is brief and yet it has a kind of aesthetic balance (compared with the other performances). For this performance, I was making use of the “z” keystroke that alters the pitch of the selected stem (via the spinning red ring which also controls the volume parameters).


Jul 26, 2007
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