Category Archives: misc

Luddites

Reading about the tactics of Luddites, a mysterious, unnamed, disorganised collective, spread out over a large geographical area, doing denial of service attacks on the technology of large corporations, with the government laughing at them while failing to keep up with them, all under the guise of a mysterious fictional character (“General Ludd”). Reminds me of Anonymous..

Eulerroom tech

Euler-Room-Facebook-Header

I’m running an EulerRoom event this Saturday, and have the tech about ready for it..

It’ll be a live event in Sheffield, streamed online, and I want the video stream to say who is playing when. A complication is that there will be four stacks of speakers, for multichannel sound..

For the scheduling, I’m using an old Perl script I wrote for a headphone event over ten years ago. It has.. evolved over this time. But it will display who is playing now and next for on the wall for the local people, and save that out to a file, for the streaming software (the excellent obs) to pick up and render on the video. OBS will take two webcam feeds which I’ll be able to switch between/blend on the night.

For the audio, I’m taking a feed from my mixer of the four outputs that are also going to the four speaker stacks (of the phenomenal dangernoise soundsystem) and bringing them into puredata (via a focusrite 6i6 sound module). I then have a simple puredata patch which uses the soundhack +binaural~ object to turn the quadrophonic audio into binaural stereo.. So those listening on headphones will still get the ‘3d’ (actually 2d, as opposed to the usual 1d.. Well I guess still 1d but trying to follow a circle around you instead of a line in front) audio.

This then gets fed into OBS (routed with jack audio, all running under linux mint), which then streams using the RTMP protocol up to my server  (running nginx with RTMP), which then forwards the stream on to youtube live (which should take plenty of listeners) and watchpeoplecode.com (which will work for those who aren’t allowed to watch youtube live for licensing reasons, e.g. those in Germany).

That’s it! Oh and all the graphic design is by the awesome David Palmer.

Hopefully it all works. If so, you’ll be able to watch it on http://eulerroom.com/live/

Upcoming events

Things coming up..

  • Gravitational Waves in Sheffield, a new series of events planned with UoSheffield Sound Studios. The first one will be on this Friday 4th March, curated by Vanessa Massera and myself. It’ll be in celebration of the upcoming International Womens’ day.
  • On the 10th March I’ll start my ODI sound art residency.. Looking forward to getting into that!
  • Then going to FoAM Kernow in Penryn for the Tanglebots workshop on Sunday 20th March, a family workshop making robots to make tangles.
  • While in Cornwall I’ll be performing with Dave as Slub on Friday 25th March, streaming live to the SuperCollider 20 year birthday party in New York City.
  • Then back to Sheffield for EulerRoom on 9th April, another new series of events I’m doing, with focus on live stream. The first one will be multichannel, featuring the excellent Joanne Armitage and Calum Gunn, plus myself as resident live coder.  It’ll be multichannel as well, with four stacks of dangernoise PA, bang.
  • Further ahead I’ll be giving a talk at the excellently named AHEM conference on unravelling live coding on the 15th April, and a couple of weeks later joining an Algorave tour around Leeds, Newcastle and London..

Open access journals

I asked around the social media, “What are the good open access journals in digital arts, computer music etc?” Motivated by deciding that once I get some commitments out of the way, I’m not going to write for closed access publication any more, especially not with public funds. The results so far, in no particular order:

Superdirt

SuperCollider Symposium 2012 conference group photo

I’ve always been impressed and a bit jealous of SuperCollider’s community, especially since taking the above photo after sneaking into the supercollider symposium in 2012. Such a strange mix of musicians, engineers, philosophers, artists and otherwise confused. It’s great then that the upcoming 0.7-dev release of Tidal has tight integration with supercollider, via SuperDirt, ultimately meaning an easier installation for everyone, more effects, and a healthy mix of sample-based and synthesis-based noises. Big thanks to Julian Rohrhuber for making superdirt, this is going to be fun..

ODI embedded sound art residency

odiI’ve been chosen to be the first sound artist in residence at the Open Data Institute headquarters in London, part of both their Data as Culture programme and Sound and Music‘s Embedded composer development programme. This is a really exciting opportunity, and I was astonished to be picked. My application didn’t really say what I’d do on the residency; part of the reason why I was so astonished, but also partly why I’m so happy to be doing it.. I really need some time to reflect and develop something new without too much planning. The residency will be spread over nine months, so it’ll be good for that.

I did develop some vague ideas in my application, though. After reading Tim Ingold and Peter Gärdenfors, I want to use the time to explore open data not as interconnected networks, but through the process of making music interfaces, think of the sharing of data as interwoven threads. I also got interested in the notion of “Data Anthropologies” that the Data as Culture theme has been exploring, wondering whether exploratory computer programming could be described as “Data Ethnography”, as a way (again thinking of Ingold) of exploring the seams between imagination and reality, through the act of writing code. This train of thought made me think about the critical engineering manifesto.. I think this will continue from various collaborations (weaving codes, sonic pattern) around pattern, the ODI context helping me work through for example the notion of pattern that runs through machine learning, and the growing tradition of using textile patterns as data sources for sound.

Big thanks to ODI and SaM!