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Paul Higham and His iPhone Band

Hidan – Timeline Music for iPhone from Paul Higham on Vimeo.

Paul Higham’s Hidan — an iPhone composition culled together from 12 music apps and edited in Final Cut Pro — really begs the question as to just how much tapping one small touchscreen can really take. After all, we have to imagine a cracked screen is a bit more traumatic than a snapped string or a broken drumstick. The track itself if is — well I don’t really know what they call this kind of music anymore — but it starts off with some ambient, minimalist keyboard riffs and builds into something that sounds like a combination of Aphex Twin and Street Fighter II. Whatever it is, we really like it.Jordan Breindel. More Information here.


Aug 20, 2009
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Walking in the City with Christina Kubisch

elettronica_matteomilani01.jpgMatteo Milani: Christina, could you tell us about your background, and how you arrived, through your career, to conceive the “Electrical Walks” project?

Christina Kubisch: When people asks me what I am, what do I do, I always struggle to answer. I am an artist, a composer, I work with magnetic inductance, but I also write pieces for other musicians. I am a performer, I draw. It’s hard to define me. I was a flautist, I studied Composition with Franco Donatoni at the G.Verdi Conservatory of Milan, and also Electronic Music with Angelo Paccagnini . At the end of my studies at the Mila Conservatory, I started a much more personal and effective research, attending for 2 years night courses in Electronics. During these courses, I discovered a telephonic amplifier, a small cube, from which came curious sounds. This cube had inside some coils, and it amplified the magnetic sounds close by. Fascinated by this system, I had 50 special cubes built, and with them I created my first installations. Continue reading


Jun 26, 2009
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Live Stage: e-MobLArt [gr Thessaloníki]

n81846179124_897.jpgThe Institute of Unnecessary Research presents e-MobLArt — Exhibition of the European Mobile Lab for Interactive Media Artists following a one year collaboration :: May 20 – June 10, 2009 :: Opening: May 20; 8:00 pm :: Center for Contemporary Art – Warehouse B1, Thessaloníki, Greece.

The exhibition includes two projects involving Anna Dumitriu: KryoLab is an installation that brings together bioart, ice sculpture and sound, in an investigation of delicate relationships in the Arctic ecosystem. This work is about our journey, the experience of participating in the E-MobiLArt project, working with artists from other backgrounds and travelling to new locations. Initial discussions about the nature of arctic, the sound of cracking ice, the disintegration of ice with sound, and the bacterial flora of the Arctic, discussed under the hot Athens sun at the first workshop gained momentum during long nights of conversation illuminated by the cool midnight sun at the edge of the Arctic Circle. Continue reading


May 13, 2009
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On the move – sharing music, inspiration and fun

pushmusic_autosharing_s.jpg[Image: Push!Music autosharing situation and software demo on handheld] “Instead of sharing music in front of a computer, what if you could simply share songs, directly from your MP3 player, with friends and other people you encounter in your everyday life? And what if songs could send themselves autonomously from player to player, depending on where they ‘fit in’? Together with my colleagues at the Future Applications Lab in Sweden, I have explored how music could be shared wirelessly between mobile devices in ways that are intended to be playful, intriguing and spontaneous. Mobile wireless technologies not only let us stay connected to those far away from us, they can also increase our awareness of what is happening right here, right now. For example, recent mobile applications let you search for apartments for sale in the same neighbourhood you are currently walking around. Continue reading


May 11, 2009
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Ocarina – iPhone as Musical Instrument


SMule: Ocarina [Zeldarian] from Smule on Vimeo.

Ocarina™ is the first true musical instrument created for the iPhone. Continue reading


Apr 22, 2009
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Tweet A Sound

Mobile Music: Band Geeks Play iPhones…

st_iphoneorch_f.jpgOnce upon a time, orchestras required instruments. Then computers reproduced the sounds of symphonies. Now, band geeks are playing iPhones.

Stanford University’s newest ensemble is called (MoPhO), short for Mobile Phone Orchestra. Its conductor, Ge Wang, is a veteran of Princeton’s Laptop Orchestra (see issue 14.04) and is obsessed with making electronic music as mobile as possible. “The iPhone holds a lot of potential for what kind of music can be made and how it can be made,” Wang says. Continue reading


Apr 15, 2009
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Live Stage: Active Radio [ca + Italy + online]

Wi: The Journal of Mobile MediaActive Radio … Launch and Demo :: April 7, 2009; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm :: Simultaneous Broadcast**: MONTREAL: Department of Communication Studies C-Pod Space, Room CJ 2.192; and Concordia University–Loyola Campus, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West; TORONTO: Mobile Media Lab at York University, 217 York Lanes; BOLOGNA: Marconi Foundation.

Active Radio focuses on the role and place of Active Radio. The concept of active radio comes from Jean Laurendeau’s french-language biography of Maurice Martenot — inventor of les Ondes Martenot. This early electronic musical instrument (1928) produces its sound through the interaction of two radio waves. Continue reading


Apr 1, 2009
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Net_Music_Weekly: Suite 4 Mobile Tags

mecanicapb.jpgSuite 4 Mobile TagsNomadic Music for Nomadic People by Giselle Beiguelman e Mauricio Fleury @ FILE Rio 2009 :: March 9 – April 19, 2009 :: Oi Futuro, Rua Dois de Dezembro 63, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Suite for Mobile Tags is a project based on QR-Code (Quick Response Code), which proposes an exercise of random and anonymous collective musical composition. Don’t say: I cant go to Rio. Test the suite on-line.

Suite para Mobile Tags é um projeto baseado em QR-Code que propõe um exercício de composição musical coletivo, repentino e anônimo. Não diga: Não vou ao Rio…Se não puder comparecer, faça um test drive no site.


Mar 12, 2009
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Net_Music_Weekly: “Cyberbirds” by Benoît Maubrey

maubrey.jpgCyberbirds: Audio | Video Peacock are mobile multimedia screens by Benoît Maubrey — The Audio Peacock is a wearable electronic instrument constructed out of polycarbonate (plexi-glass) equipped with loudspeakers, amplifier, battery and different sound-making devices (microphone, sampler, radio receiver, interactive sensors). As Video Peacocks, the costume functions also as a mobile screen onto which theme-specific visualizations (movies, pictures, internet blogs, interactive computer images, webcasts and closed circuit camera views) are projected.

This wearable electroacoustic instrument is shaped into a peacock’s fan-like plumage and is highly directional — projecting the sound into a space like an oversized radar dish. Much in the same way that the courtyard peacock “strutts his stuff” in front of a pea-hen and imposes with his awesome cry, so does the Audio Peacock stalk his architectural domain — using sound as a scalpel that cuts through air and sculpts it, transforming it to into his new realm. Continue reading


Feb 19, 2009
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