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Sessions at Digital Shoreditch Festival 2012 about Music

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Monday 21st May 2012

  • I Know Me - a musical

    by Martin Wright

    A special pre-transmission screening of a musical developed for BBC Learning. This musical has been developed for and with young people with learning difficulties.

    Questions answered :
    TV and media content for Special Educational Needs. Talking to audiences with a difference.

    At 9:00am to 3:30pm, Monday 21st May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

  • Whimsichord

    by Di Mainstone and Dave Meckin

    The WHIMSICHORD is a wearable interactive musical instrument that will react to the movement and touch of users (or Movicians) responding with sound. We have coined the term ‘Movician’ to describe this hybrid act of composition and choreography. WHIMSICHORD comprises of striking spring-like modules that are connect to a series of fixed landing-pads via retractable chords. Each component can be plucked from its landing-pad and attached to the Movician in a myriad of ways. Our soft sculptures are specially designed around the body to seamlessly grip to the Movician as they traverse space and interact with the piece to produce music. As Movicians connect to the modules they will draw elegant lines from the surrounding architecture onto to the body. These strings can be twanged to produce sound, and each participant will become a human string instrument.

    Artists: Di Mainstone and Dave Meckin, Queen Mary University of London.
    Sponsored by Queen Mary University of London.

    At 9:00am to 3:30pm, Monday 21st May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Tuesday 22nd May 2012

  • Exhibition

    by c4dm, Hannah Collins, g.hack, Patrick Weber, qMedia, MAT PhD Doctoral Training Centre, John Spindler and UCL's CASA

    Lunch for those who attended the morning session followed by the Exhibition.

    A chance to see, hear and touch the results of University collaboration. Demonstrating digital work (games, apps and hacks) created as part of ongoing collaborations. Meet students, researchers and academics who will show you their work on a variety of mobile devices and big screens.

    Listen to the stories from businesses who have achieved amazing things through collaboration.

    Exhibitions include:

    RCUK Digital Economy
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) invest £3bn annually in research in Universities and the Public Sector. The Digital Economy is a key RCUK strategic research theme. So far £138m has been invested in building the capacity and expertise needed to realise the Digital Economy through our three Digital Economy Research Hubs, led by Nottingham, Newcastle and Aberdeen Universities and training a new generation of digital economy researchers through seven Centres for Doctoral Training.

    CS4FN (Computer Science for Fun) MAGIC
    Computer science is behind today’s technological magic – from audio compression to imaging the human brain. See clever conjuring tricks that will challenge you to work out how they are done. We then reveal how the same techniques that make the magic work are responsible for some of the most interesting computer science applications around. http://www.cs4fn.org/

    G.Hack Teapot
    Take a teapot and use technology to modify/hack/enhance it. Make an interactive tabletop installation that allows visitors to navigate London through its contemporary tea culture. The Sound Mapping London Tea Houses installation was born!

    Ben Bengler group music making Table
    How can technology be used to enable strangers to make sweet music? Come and play!

    David Meckin assistive musical instrument
    A Glockenspiel controllable by a touch screen or soft padded cushions to enable everyone to join in.

    Julie Freeman data visualisation owl
    An owl that can be controlled by a data stream.

    Christian Heinrich and Andrew McPherson's enhanced keyboard
    A keyboard that can bend and sustain notes using the keys....and then can become a guitar if you feel the need!

    Media Arts Documentaries
    What is new media art? How are new technologies changing our perception of art and....what does it look/sound/feel like? Media and Arts technology researchers have produced these short films to explore this new and dynamic art form.

    Di Mainstone and Dave Meckin the WHIMSICHORD
    The WHIMSICHORD is a wearable interactive musical instrument that will react to the movement and touch of users (or Movicians) responding with sound. We have coined the term ‘Movician’ to describe this hybrid act of composition and choreography. WHIMSICHORD comprises of striking spring-like modules that are connect to a series of fixed landing-pads via retractable chords. Each component can be plucked from its landing-pad and attached to the Movician in a myriad of ways. Our soft sculptures are specially designed around the body to seamlessly grip to the Movician as they traverse space and interact with the piece to produce music. As Movicians connect to the modules they will draw elegant lines from the surrounding architecture onto to the body. These strings can be twanged to produce sound, and each participant will become a human string instrument.

    Chatterbox
    Chatterbox are developing a conversation platform which enables brands and corporations to identify and engage with their community of consumers in online interactive media such as Twitter and Facebook. Powered by recent research emerging from Queen Mary University of London, we enable corporations to find and support brand advocates and manage their brand reputation. We do this by applying high grade conversation analytics to large quantities of social data in order to extract the core users who drive brand conversation and opinion.

    C4DM (Centre for Digital Music) B-Keeper
    B-Keeper - Drum tracker for live performance that allows you to take over the role of drums in a band. The software program analyses the beats played so that the song varies its tempo in response to the drummer.

    C4DM tools
    Automatic mixing & intelligent sound engineering tools

    C4DM Sonic Visualiser
    Sonic Visualiser - software for viewing and analyzing audio files- The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it. We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

    City University London - Fly an airship
    Fly an airship using your body movements, see if you can successfully navigate the course

    City University London - Dynamic Boris bike visualisation
    Do you use a ‘Boris Bike’? See how other people use their bike in our dynamic representation of ‘Boris Bike’ usage that visualises data supplied by TfL

    City University London - Real-time eye tacking
    Experience City’s Human Computer Interaction Lab. Try the real-time eye tracking that shows you where you look, and for how long, as you browse the web

    City University London - Thought control
    Control a computer with your thoughts using our brain interaction software

    City University London - From print to digital
    Learn how SAGE Publications is handling the transition

    City University London - Elements
    See science reported in videos and animations in our student-generated digital science newspaper, ‘Elements’

    City University London - Dementia
    See the City app that is helping dementia carers find new, creative ways to engage with patients

    City University London - Games
    Play 5 new computer games developed by Games Technology Students at City

    UCL's CASA (The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) digital research from presented in a physical form: Pigeon Sim
    Have you ever looked at a pigeon and wished you could experience life through its beady eyes? Well now you can, thanks to the Pigeon Simulator – created as a new way to visualise the cities and its data feeds.

    UCL's CASA London Data Table
    The London Data Table cycles through a series of visualisations to show to present a view of London from above. Combining a projector with a short throw lens, a table cut to the outline of London and various processing scripts and movies allowed an instant view of complex data feeds. The visualisations depict the hidden city in which we live giving people a greater understanding of transport and pedestrian flows that happen everyday in the city. The Visualisation to be shown on the day is sponsored by UCL Advances and analyses and visualises east London's Tech City.

    Capital enterprise
    The membership organisation for providers of business advice, training and resources to new entrepreneurs and small businesses in London.

    At 1:30pm to 4:00pm, Tuesday 22nd May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Tuesday 29th May 2012

Wednesday 30th May 2012

  • Table Top: Artists find an innovative new way to make money thanks to CueSongs

    by Tammy Weis

    Tammy Weis is one of many recording artists who have ‘joined the Cue’ (well CueSongs that is) It’s a new company that music innovator Peter Gabriel has co founded. CueSongs provides ‘Ready to go’ music licensing by well known artists. Tammy has seen success in her native Canada, Europe and London where she now resides. But like many successful musicians, she still struggles to support herself soley on her music….until now It was last summer when she watched CueSongs CEO Ed Averdieck (co-founder along with Gabriel) do a presentation on the company.

    She immediately knew she wanted to be involved. After the session she introduced herself and gave a brief background of her music and media sales experience. To her surprise Ed responded by saying ‘I know you; I just heard you on BBC Radio Four Woman's Hour!' and the rest is history Weis, like so many other artists realizes that only a relatively small proportion of copyrights earn licensing income in syncs at the moments. CueSongs plans to create a new revenue stream for artists and writers, consisting of hundreds of thousands of smaller sized transactions, and bring new money into the music business.

    Our current partners include: Sony Music, Sony ATV, Peer Music, MusicSales, Real World, Infectious, Skint & Black Hole Recordings . As well, some of our artists include: Ferry Corsten, Boy George, Peter Gabriel, Katrina & the Waves , Ziggy Marley and the Stereo MC's to name a few Questions answered : How can I reduce the headache of music licensing? How can I licence tracks from iconic artists with a budget of less than £1000?

    At 1:45pm to 2:15pm, Wednesday 30th May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Thursday 31st May 2012

  • Table Top: Personalised Music and Gaming

    by Robert Thomas

    Mobile computing has opened the doors for many new types of personalised interactive experiences. When experience designers know so much about what a user is doing at at time, they can tailor the content to fit perfectly into the users life. This talk will look at some of the ways RjDj has explored this with apps such as Inception the App and Dimensions. For instance by creating sonic experiences which change when you are still, quiet, running, during the night, or when its full moon. Questions answered : What can make content relevant to peoples lives? How can we make digital content have real value again? What is the future of distributed music beyond the recording?

    At 1:45pm to 2:15pm, Thursday 31st May

    In Digital Shoreditch Big Top

Friday 1st June 2012

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