Archive for December, 2007
Caroline Bassett’s new book “The Arc and the Machine: Narrative and New Media” by Manchester University Press is out now. It’s sitting on my desk in front of me and I’m very much looking forward to reading it as Bassett’s How Many Movements? (see below) is one of my favourite readings.
This is from the cover of the book:
‘The arc and the machine is a timely and original defence of narrative in an age of information. Stressing interpretation and experience alongside affect and sensation it convincingly argues that narrative is key to contemporary forms of cultural production and to the practice of everyday life in an increasingly mediated world where globalised information networks are pervasive and ubiquitous.
Re-appraising the prospects for narrative in the digital age, it insists Read the rest of this entry »
My supervisior’s book is finally out, just in time for Christmas!
This is from Routledge’s website:
About the Book
This innovative study opens up a new area in sociological and urban studies: the aural experience of the social, mediated through mobile technologies of communication.
Whilst we live in a world dominated by visual epistemologies of urban experience, Michael Bull argues that it is not surprising that the Apple iPod, a sound based technology, is the first consumer cultural icon of the twenty-first century. This book, in using the example of the Apple iPod, investigates the way in Read the rest of this entry »
In the week before the Mobile Music Workshop:
REMINDER: CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
18th December 2007, 5pm – Conference deadline
CONFERENCE THEME & CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
THE SOCIAL – ONLINE, MOBILE AND UNPLUGGED SOCIAL NETWORKING
Urban Festival of Art, Music & Ideas
1-4 May, Manchester, UK
The Futuresonic international conference and the Social Technologies Summit invite proposals for talks, presentations, workshops and session themes. Submissions of innovative formats for social
interaction are encouraged.
The conference theme is The Social – Online, Mobile and Unplugged Social Networking.
Deadline for conference submissions — 5pm 18th December 2007
See also — A GBP 5000 commission plus many other opportunities are available in the Futuresonic 2008 Art, Music & EVNTS calls for submissions.
5TH INTERNATIONAL MOBILE MUSIC WORKSHOP 2008
13-15 May 2008, Vienna, Austria
Call for Submissions: Deadline 10 February 2008
The Mobile Music Workshop 2008 is the 5th in a series of annual international gatherings that explore the creative, critical and commercial potential of mobile music. They are inspired by the ever-changing social, geographic, ecological, emotional context of using mobile technology for creative ends. We are looking for new ideas and ground-breaking projects on sound in mobile contexts. What new forms of interaction with music and audio lie ahead as locative media, ubiquitous networks, and music access merge into new forms of experiences that shape the everyday? Can they change the way we think about our mobile devices and about walking through the city?
The emerging field of Mobile Music sits at the intersection of ubiquitous computing, portable audio technology and New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). It goes beyond today’s personal music players to include creative practices of mobile music making, sharing and mixing. The mobile setting challenges existing notions of interfaces and interaction, stretching music to new creative limits. The workshop has been at the forefront of this innovative area since 2004. Past editions of the event have taken place in Amsterdam, Brighton, Vancouver and Göteborg in collaboration with the Viktoria Institute, STEIM, Waag Society, Futuresonic, NIME and others.
The 2008 edition of the workshop will be held in Vienna, one of the hotspots in the European for laptop, glitch, and electronic music. Hosted by the University of Applied Arts, it will feature three evenings of performances and installations, an exhibition in the heart of the city, invited speakers, paper presentations, posters and demo sessions as well as hands-on tutorials. Besides the workshop proceedings, we will publish a catalogue that will gather key contributions from the last 5 years. We invite artists, designers, academic researchers, hackers, industry professionals and practitioners from all areas, including music, technology development, new media, sound-art, music distribution, cultural/media studies and locative media and more to present and discuss projects, prototypes, applications, devices, performances, installations, theoretical and historical considerations.
Submission deadline: 10 February 2008
Notification of acceptance: 14 March 2008
Submission deadline for final papers: 14 April 2008
Registration deadline: 14 April 2008
Please upload your submission in any of the three following categories at http://ocs.waag.org/. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by a committee of international specialists in the field.
We invite submissions of workshop papers presenting new projects, approaches or reflections exploring the topic of mobile music. Potential submissions could include but are not limited to mobile music systems or enabling technologies, interface design, legal issues, user studies, ethnographic fieldwork, social implications, art pieces and other areas relevant to mobile music. Accepted paper authors will be given a time slot during the workshop for presentation and discussion of their work. They are encouraged to bring a demo of their work if possible.
Format: 4 pages in ACM SIG publications format (for templates, see http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). More artistic submissions are free to pay less attention to the academic or technical detail of the format, and to include more media instead.
Posters and Demos
We also invite the contribution of posters and demos that document work-in-progress projects or ideas in similar areas of mobile music technology as the papers. There will be a poster and demo presentation session where attendees will be able to discuss work with the authors. The most robust of the demos will be offered the opportunity to exhibit to the general public during the open sessions (although this is not mandatory). Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference.
Format: 2 pages in ACM SIG publications format (for templates, see http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). More artistic submissions are free to pay less attention to the academic or technical detail of the format, and to include more media instead.
Installations and Performances
We invite mobile art installations and performances in the genres of mobile music and locative audio. There will be an exhibition space in central Vienna, and the possibility to show work in the city. There will also be a series of evening performances/concerts/parties.
Format: Please follow loosely the ACM SIG publications format (for templates, see http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html) without too much academic or technical detail and include more media instead. Please indicate if your project would be suitable for indoor or outdoor, installation or performance.
REGISTRATION & FEE
The workshop will have both closed sessions for registered participants and sessions open to the general public. The number of participants for the closed sessions of the workshop is limited to 50 places. Accepted submitters are given priority, other participants are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Registered participants will have automatic access to all sessions of the workshops.
Registrations fees for the closed sessions of the workshop have yet to be confirmed. However this will be in the region of 75 € at full rate and 45€ for concessions.
Deadline for Registration: 14th April 2007.
The 2008 edition is hosted and co-organised by the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria (Nicolaj Kirisits). The Steering Committee is formed by Lalya Gaye (Dånk! Collective and IT-University of Göteborg, Sweden), Atau Tanaka (Culture Lab Newcastle, UK), Frauke Behrendt (University of Sussex, UK), Kristina Andersen (STEIM, The Netherlands).
More information: http://www.mobilemusicworkshop.org
Erik Kristiansen presented “Designing an Auditory Experience Using a Location-based Computer Game” at the “Sound, Art, Auditory Cultures” conference in Copenhagen (28.-30.11.07). These are personal notes I took of his paper – not a summary or review.
Didn’t manage to get Kristiansen’s card, but at least a picture of one – at the wine reception of the conference.
Erik Kristiansen’s interest is to go beyond audio as part of the game or supporting the game to audio-mostly games – and how they intersect with pervasive gaming or location-based games. Erik Kristiansen is designing a new audio-mostly pervasive game. It is “serious” game where the participants are supposed to learn something. It is called Klintespillet (I’m not 100% sure about the spelling here…it translates as “Cliff Game”). The exiting thing is that it works without maps or screens. The participants are depended on listening to find the 29 hotspots in the outdoor area. The outdoor players are guided by online players that have access to maps and the outdoor player’s location.
Picture of the cliffs on Mons by dacoba on flickr.
Kristiansen explains the game in his abstract:
‘In cooperation with a new geological museum (“Geocenter Møns Klint”) and the Danish Forest and Nature Agency (“Skov og Naturstyrelsen”), we wanted to Read the rest of this entry »
Ansa Lønstrup gave her paper “Sound Aesthetics, Soundscapes, and Acoustemology” at the “Sound, Art, Auditory Cultures” conference in Copenhagen (28.-30.11.07). These are personal notes I took of her paper – not a summary or review.
Ansa Lønstrup (University of Aarhus, DK) is interested in sound in museums, how we cope with soundscapes in general and in sound perception in everyday lives. Lønstrup noted how the ear is often conceptualised as avant-garde of the body in recent discourses.
Her recent research project is looking at sound in the museum. She suggests that the action of listening enables us to cope with unlimited sound and discusses sound as a modality of knowing and being in the world. For me the most interesting aspect of Lonstrup’s research was her focus on agency studies.
In Mori’s exhibition “Oneness”, picture from http://www.interactivespaces.net/
Lonstrup is studying on how the audience moves in in the museum space and pays attention to the interactive gestures of the audience. One of her case studies is Mariko Mori’s exhibition “Oneness”at the ARoS art museum in Aarhus.
I’m sorry for those of you who can’t read German, but this conference and its description is in German. It’s organised by the Berlin “Sound Studies”, notably Holger Schulze with whom I presented at the same workshop recently. The conference is about functional sounds such as ringtones, signals in electronic devices, police sirens, sonic feedback in hard- and software. It is an interdisciplinary gathering to study the various aspects of functional sounds. Sound in product design, signal design, designing sound for specific rooms or machines, game sounds and sonification. Many of the presentations are relevant to the Sonic Interaction Design (SID) action and Thomas Herrmann, my German SID co-delegate will also present.
Symposion Akustische Konzeption: Funktionale Klänge
Freitag, 7. Dezember 2007
10 bis 19.00 Uhr
Aula im Medienhaus der UdK
Funktionale Klänge haben eine große Bedeutung in unserem Leben: Klingel- und Signaltöne in elektronischen Geräten, Sirenen der Feuerwehr oder Polizei, Rückmeldungen und Hinweise der Soft- oder Hardware. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s a new issue of the Culture Machine Journal on “Recordings” with a paper by my colleague Jérôme Hansen whom I keep bumping into at Sound Art conferences were we both present, but I hardly ever see him on home turf at Sussex… we both presented at the “Sound, Art, Auditory Cultures” conference in Copenhagen and at conference “SoundAsArt: Blurring of the Boundaries” in Aberdeen last year. Anyway – check out his paper “Mapping the Studio (Fat Chance Matmos): Sonic Culture, Visual Arts and the Artist’s Studio”.
This special issue on “recordings” is edited by Paul Hegarty and Gary Genosko and includes the following papers:
Eugene Thacker: Pulse Demons
Greg Hainge: Vinyl is Dead, Long Live Vinyl: The Work of Recording and Mourning in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Paul Hegarty: The Hallucinatory Life of Tape
Jérôme Hansen: Mapping the Studio (Fat Chance Matmos): Sonic Culture, Visual Arts and the Artist’s Studio
Gary Genosko : 8 Track Rhapsody
Ross Harley and Andrew Murphie: Rhythms and Refrains: A Brief History of Australian Electronica
Dan Hays: Painting in the Light of Digital Reproduction
The Conference “Music, Sound, and the Reconfiguration of Public and Private Space” will take place 18-19 April 2008 in Cambridge, at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH).
‘The conference addresses the ways in which sound and music, particularly as they are technologically mediated, have come to play a pivotal role in re-drawing the boundaries between the ‘public’ and ‘private’.’ and the line-up of speakers looks quite impressive (see below).
From their website:
Georgina Born (Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music, University of Cambridge)
Tom Rice (ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow in Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge)
This conference pursues themes central to the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of auditory culture studies, which has evolved at the interface of musicology, philosophy of music and critical theory, ethnomusicology and anthropology of sound and senses, sociology and psychology of music, and the new practices of sound art and site-specific music and sound. Read the rest of this entry »
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 14th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD)
IRCAM, Paris, France
June 24-27, 2008
ICAD 2008 will take place from the 24th to 27th, between the Agora
IRCAM’s festival (June 5-20) and Acoustics 08 (June 29 – July 4) Read the rest of this entry »