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Creative Digifest #SxSC

Lisa HarrisMay 20, 2012
by Lisa Harris

This was an all-day informal event on 18 May 2012 at the University of Southampton Students Union building for anyone involved in the region’s creative industries.

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#SxSC: Chronotape

May 16, 2012
by Sotonde

Peter Bennett will talk about Chronotape which is a tangible timeline for family history research, developed as part of the PATINA project within the Bristol Interaction & Graphics group. The chronotape explores the concept of using a tangible interface to control time, effectively turning the abstract concept of time into something that can be held and controlled.

Links

http://chronotape.com/

http://www.patina.ac.uk/

#SxSC outline schedule

May 16, 2012
by Graeme Earl

This is an outline schedule of talks and demonstrations for #SxSC. Anyone attending is invited to talk and demo their work.

10.30am

Composer Benjamin Mawson investigates ways to use space as an expressive layer in studio-produced music. Developer Enrique Tomas has built a tool using GPS to interpret a listener’s position and movement in order to create a unique way of hearing music. Musical compositions can now be spread across a landscape, mapped to a territory. Music is created which can now exist in a dialogue – at times symbiotic at others contradictory – with its physical surroundings.

11am

Alain Renaud will be talking about distributed music. Alain’s research explores high-speed networks as a medium for developing real time interactive performances in a multiplicity of spaces. Alain’s background in is music production and sound engineering. He is a senior lecturer in Music and Audio Technology at Bournemouth University. His research focuses on the development of networked music performance systems with an emphasis on the creation of strategies to interact over a network musically and the notion of shared networked acoustic spaces http://alainrenaud.net

11.30am

Our keynote speaker will be Alan Patrick who is the co-founder of Broadsight:

Broadsight focuses on market intelligence, strategy and systems development across the multi-media ecosystem. Broadsight has consulted to many of the major digital-media players in Europe and has helped start or turn around a number of startups. They have also developed innovative technology for a number of clients. Alan also writes the well regarded Broadstuff blog on technology development (www.broadstuff.com).

The topic of Alan’s talk is “Technology Hype and Bubbles – Why do they Exist?”

He will deal with Creative Destruction, the role of bubbles in these cycles, and the role of hype in creating bubbles – and what you need to look for to understand where you are in the cycle. Alan will examine how this is applied to (complicates) technology prediction, going through various prediction models and laws. He has also developed the ‘Broadstuff Bubble-o-Meter’ tracking the current Social Media  bubble’s evolution, which has been picked up by other technology blogs and the Guardian.

12.30pm

Ajay Chakravarthy and Paul Walland will demonstrate a new way of viewing digitised 3D objects from cultural heritage collections. They will talk about some of the cool applications they see for this kind of virtual model representation. Ajay is a researcher at ITI, expert in knowledge modelling using Semantic Web. He has a PhD from Sheffield in knowledge acquisition, has worked on various media projects at ITI among other things. Paul is a manager at IT Innovation responsible for media-based collaborative projects and social networking.

1:00pm

Adam Procter will be talking about the growing way we interact with social networks via “streams” and the emerging conversation economy. http://www.adamprocter.org/

1.30pm

Peter Bennett will talk about Chronotape which is a tangible timeline for family history research, developed as part of the PATINA project within the Bristol Interaction & Graphics group. The chronotape explores the concept of using a tangible interface to control time, effectively turning the abstract concept of time into something that can be held and controlled.

2pm

John Ribbins from Roll7 will be talking about “Serious Games and Fun”. He will also be demoing some new Roll7 games http://roll7.blogspot.co.uk/

2.15pm

The Re-reading the British Memorial project is investigating the potential for using a variety of technologies for the recording, interpreting and sharing of data about church memorials in the UK. Find out about them at: http://ourti.orgGareth and Nicole Beale will be talking about the project and demonstrating Highlight based Reflectance Transformation Imaging capture using Digital SLR cameras and RTI with an iPhone Camera.

2.30pm

James Miles will outline the use of Reflectance Transformation Imaging – a simple and cheap surface imaging tool – on existing three dimensional datasets in a virtual environment. He will show some worked examples, and evaluate the potential of the methodology within cultural heritage. He will focus on comparing the different datasets and will highlight the surface detail that could be overlooked through conventional means of visualisation.

2.45pm

The Tsinghua-Southampton exchange program was set up to serve as a platform for young researchers to exchange ideas on key issues within Web Science. The chosen project was to analyse, extract and visualise how the young perceived the world using online data. As part of the Visualisation team Christopher Hughes will be demonstrating the chosen tools that were used to represent the data, highlighting some key issues and concerns.

3:00pm

Martin Warne and Elliot Salisbury will be talking about their mobile audio D-Touch projects.

4pm

Close – Diverse musical interludes

Demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the day

  • Ben Oliver will show that there is some evidence that structured training can benefit cochlear implant (CI) users’ appraisal of music as well as their music perception abilities. There are currently very limited music training resources available for CI users to explore. This demo will introduce the ‘Interactive Music Awareness Program’ (IMAP) for cochlear implant users, which was developed in response to the need for a client-centered, structured, interactive, creative, open-ended, educational and challenging music (re)habilitation resource http://www.soton.ac.uk/mfg
  • Peter Bennett will demonstrate http://chronotape.com/ which has been developed by him as part of http://www.patina.ac.uk/
  • James Miles, Nicole Beale and Gareth Beale will demonstrate highlight based reflectance transformation imaging, using an iPhone and other methods.
  • Ben Mawson and Enrique Tomas will be performing throughout the day.
  • Martin Warne and Elliot Salisbury will be demonstrating their mobile audio D-Touch projects.
  • Jaipal Channa is a composer who specializes in creating music for virtual, interactive environments and will be displaying his work at #SxSC. www.jaipalchanna.com

 

SXSC Demo: Tsinghua-Southampton Visualisation

May 15, 2012
by Sotonde

The Tsinghua-Southampton exchange program was set up to serve as a platform for young researchers to exchange ideas on key issues within Web Science. The chosen project was to analyze, extract and visualize how the young perceived the world using online data. As part of the Visualization team Christopher Hughes will be demonstrating the chosen tools that we used to represent the data, highlighting some key issues and concerns.

SXSC Presentations: Virtual RTI

May 15, 2012
by Sotonde

James Miles will outline the use of Reflectance Transformation Imaging – a simple and cheap surface imaging tool – on existing three dimensional datasets in a virtual environment. He will show some worked examples, and evaluate the potential of the methodology within cultural heritage. He will focus on comparing the different datasets and will highlight the surface detail that could be overlooked through conventional means of visualisation.

SXSC Presentation and demonstration of “Music You Can Walk Inside”

May 15, 2012
by Sotonde

Music composed in the digital studio has always been heard on loudspeakers. All of the theatre and unpredictability of a performance is absent.

Composer Benjamin Mawson investigates ways to use space as an expressive layer in studio-produced music.

Developer Enrique Tomas has built a tool using GPS to interpret a listener’s position and movement in order to create a unique way of hearing music.

Musical compositions can now be spread across a landscape, mapped to a territory.

Music is created which can now exist in a dialogue – at times symbiotic at others contradictory – with its physical surroundings.

Link

http://music.benmawson.com

SXSC Presentations: ICON – A content exchange mechanism for 3D Cultural Heritage Models

May 15, 2012
by Sotonde

Ajay Chakravarthy and Paul Walland will demonstrate a new way of viewing digitised 3D objects from cultural heritage collections. They will talk about some of the cool applications they see for this kind of virtual model representation.

Paul is a manager at IT Innovation responsible for media-based collaborative projects and social networking. He has many years experience running R&D groups in media equipment companies (from fibre optics to cameras to 3D to compression and digital TV). Ajay is a researcher at ITI, expert in knowledge modelling using Semantic Web. He has a PhD from Sheffield in knowledge acquisition, has worked on various media projects at ITI among other things.

The ICON project is developing a content exchange mechanism, through which 3D digitised design artefacts will be made available for reuse by the digital media industries. High-quality digitised 3D models and textures are required for use in film and television post production, games development, architectural visualisation and, most recently, furnishing virtual business premises within VR worlds like Second Life. Traditionally these models and textures have been created from scratch by digital artists as required, but this is a costly and time-consuming process. The task of just researching the source designs takes a significant amount of effort before modelling can even begin.

ICON will allow for pre-digitised furniture, decorative objects, fashion, fabric designs and wallpaper patterns to be made available for the dressing of virtual sets and clothing avatars amongst many other uses. Users of ICONcontent will benefit from easy access to pre-built high-quality authentic period and contemporary digital models. For design rights holders, ICON will provide new promotional channels from pre-digitised designs. The projectaddresses the technical challenges that must be overcome in order for this vision to be realised.

Link

http://www.it-innovation.soton.ac.uk/projects/iconproject/

SXSC Presentations: Using the potential of high speed networks for real time distributed musical interactions

May 15, 2012
by Sotonde

Alain Renaud will be talking about distributed music. Alain’s research explores high-speed networks as a medium for developing real time interactive performances in a multiplicity of spaces. The technological usefulness of the latter is of limited importance if the various musical, sociological and philosophical aspects are not considered. Once the latter factors are taken into account, high-speed networks provide a timeless and borderless collaborative medium for mixing musical cultures, acoustic environments and performance practices which offer potential for developing applications that use the network as a core for interactions. Moreover, such research spans across a multitude of disciplines where natural interactions are needed, including the development of smart connected spaces, which can be used in a wide variety of ways.

Alain’s background in is music production and sound engineering. He is a senior lecturer in Music and Audio Technology at Bournemouth University, and holds a PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His research focuses on the development of networked music performance systems with an emphasis on the creation of strategies to interact over a network musically and the notion of shared networked acoustic spaces. He performs regularly over the network with the NetVs.Net collective and the Jackson4s. Alain held residencies at the Banff Centre for the Art and The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University.

http://alainrenaud.net

SXSC Presentations: Re-Reading the British Memorial

May 15, 2012
by Sotonde

We are starting to get in details of some of the presentations at SXSC:

The Re-reading the British Memorial project is investigating the potential for using a variety of technologies for the recording, interpreting and sharing of data about church memorials in the UK. Find out about them at: http://ourti.org

RTI captured using an iPhone

Gareth and Nicole Beale will be talking about the project and demonstrating Highlight based Reflectance Transformation Imaging capture using Digital SLR cameras and RTI with an iPhone Camera.