Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Hands-On-workshop “moves make music” at KIT

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

WS moves make music

The research project MediaArt@Edu at KIT’s Institute of Vocational Education and General Education will be hosting the Hands-On workshop “moves make music” with the artist Onyx Ashanti over 27 to 28 February at KIT.

The workshop was developed in the framework of the BMBF research project InformAttraktiv of the “Digitale Media in Education” research group at the University of Bremen. It is part of the study profile on “artificial intelligence, cognition and robotics”, one of 3 study profiles in computer science in Bremen.

See here for Onyx Ashanti’s performance on the TED conference.

For further information please see here

Here is some information about Onyx Ashanti published on TED:

“Why you should listen to him:

Onyx Ashanti is a musician, geek, open-source advocate, Maker, collaborator … and we come back around again to musician. The intrumentation he has created fuses technique and technology into a full-body musical system, playable with hands, arms, mouth and body. As he says:

I am what can only be described as a cyborg musician. in other words, the music i create live, can not be replicated without technology. My music is called “Beatjazz.” It is a mix of sound design, live looping and jazz improvisation. My instrument of choice over the years has been a Yamaha Wind MIDI controller, but now the limitations have started to stunt the growth of this new form, so i designed an instrument that can take it into future.

He is now working on the next iteration of his instrument, codenamed Tron, and built around a helmet-mounted controller.”

WS moves make music

Electronic Textile: Sew your own wearable musical interface

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

DIY Logo

A workshop on Electronic Textile to develop wearable musical interfaces is part of the diy* — Festival fuer Kunst und Technologie/ festival for art and technology, to take place in Zuerich over 5-7 Dec. 2008 . The programm can be accessed here

“This workshop aims to be an introduction into soft fabric electronic circuits and a DIY concept of wearable technology. Both in our own projects and in workshops we choose to introduce affordable, available, off-the-shelf materials, basic techniques and DIY instructions, so that workshop participants can continue to develop their own ideas and solutions at home. We believe that sewing, soldering and experimenting with materials is not hard and should become everyday practice.

In this workshop we will take apart cheap electronic musical toys and create wearable circuits that interfaces with these. We will provide an easy to follow circuit pattern and instructions that can be printed on your festival t-shirt. But for those of you who feel creative, we will encourage you to come up with your own ideas and textile solutions. We will help you plan your soft circuits, sew fabric buttons, sensors, conductive traces and stretchy connections. The aim in this workshop is to learn different techniques and use them in order to personalize and complete your very own wearable musical interface.

Feel free to bring with you any clothing items you would like to modify as well as any old
electronic musical toys you wish to hack.

6 December 2008, 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Location: Textil Studio at Dynamo Zürich”

via diy* list Festival for art and technology

transmediale call for entries

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007


transmediale.08 – Conspire . festival for art and digital culture berlin
29 January – 3 February 2008,
club transmediale.08 – Unpredictable
festival for adventurous music and related visual arts
25 January – 2 February 2008

is calling for entires:

_Call for Entries_

:: Deadline: 7 September 2007
:: Award Ceremony: 2 February 2008

Find the complete call and submission form for download at:

*transmediale.08 – Conspire … & club transmediale.08 – Unpredictable*

“Together, transmediale and club transmediale invite the submission of
works and projects for the festival 2008. Submissions for both festivals
participate in the transmediale Award 2008, for which an international
jury will award prizes totalling ca. 10 000 EUR. Abstracts and papers
for a proposed Vilém Flusser Theory Award are also being invited.

As one of the leading international festivals for art and digital
culture, transmediale presents and pursues the advancement of artistic
positions reflecting on the socio-cultural, political and economic
impact of new technologies. It seeks out artistic practices that not
only respond to scientific or technical developments, but that try to
shape the way in which we think about and experience the technologies
which impact virtually all aspects of our daily lives. As such,
transmediale understands media technologies as cultural techniques that
need to be embraced in order to comprehend, critique, and shape global

club transmediale (CTM) is a prominent international festival dedicated
to contemporary electronic, digital and experimental music, as well as
the diverse range of artistic activities in the context of sound and
club culture. CTM presents projects that experiment with new aesthetic
parameters and new forms of cooperation, develop possibilities for
informational and economic self-determination, and reflect on the role
of contemporary music against the backdrop of technological and social
transformations. Now more than ever, music emerges as a laboratory for
multiform experiments and as an active agent that allows for new
cultural techniques to be tested and proffered to the wider world. CTM
puts the focus on direct experience, risk-taking and personal
interaction, and thereby emphasises the situational potential of live
performance, the interplay of various media – sound and image, in
particular – and candid exchange between sub-cultural and academic

transmediale is a project of the Kulturprojekte Berlin in cooperation
with Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
transmediale is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
club transmediale is funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.”

via transmediale list

ICH² – Intermedia dance performance for planetariums

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Ich hoch 2

Friday we went to ICH² (Me to the power of 2), an intermedia dance performance for planetariums in the MediaDome Kiel (at University of Applied Sciences), which was co-ordinated by Tom Duscher, professor at the Department of Digital Media/Intermedia at the Muthesius-Academy of Arts, Kiel, realised in cooperation with the ballet from the city of Kiel with the director and head of choreography Mario Schroeder as well as Eduard Thomas, director of the Mediadome of the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel

We were discussing the changing meaning of the term of “the scenary setting” which changes in terms of the motion, the behaviour and the augmentation of the real environment attached to the choreography of performing bodies (very different from the kind of bombastic stage technology used in musicals and the like). The following elements were brought together in the performance: The performing dancers equipped with sensors and , motion capturing/tracking, the freezing of still images which creates a kind of temporarily planetarium paintings at the ceiling, immersive video animations projected and last not least the overall sound arrangement (by Sven Lütgen).
Also spoken text and typographic elements were integrated in the overall intermedia performance. Here is the link (English version, German: Would be interesting to discuss more low cost models to be developed with schools kids, students and other partner institutions.
Here’s the project description:

“ICH² is a unique installation for an extra-ordinary space: a planetarium including a 360 degrees moving image projection. State-of-the-art projection technology is merging with dance theatre and interactive media into a fascinating wholesome piece of art, is modifying it and allowing a completely new kind of production: dancer and media together create an artistic environment that involves the audience in a new way. The impact of the imagery and the intensively short proximity of the performers, forms a high level of immersion. Hardly has a visitor been closer to the dancers. This turns standard planetariums into experimental Digital Theatres, in which man and technology are part of a unique experience of symbiosis.
The main area of research for project ReACT was the advancement of real-time tracking-technology in regard of the spacial and technical characteristics of planetariums. While usually linear image sets were shown, the use of reactive software allowed interactivity and manipulation of the projected content.
Concept: With the help of installed cameras and sensors attached to the performer’s body, movements in the space can be tracked and transmitted to a computer system based on vvvv, a toolkit for real time video synthesis.
A specially programmed software interprets the dancer’s movements in real-time, which in turn is then projected onto the dome as interactive projection and stage backdrop. This allows to create a digital double of the dancer: Motion Tracking as duplication process.
This sensory tracking system is used as well for the audio part of the production. The acoustic input is used as impulse for the digital image generation so that the visuals are synchronized in real-time. In this way a reactive visual and audio world is created, that synergetically re-interprets the image and audio composition. “ photos via the web site
Next performance will take place today, SA 10.2. , 8 pm

Ich hoch 2

east site. [chaos][video][sound] from Lithuania at RAUM [][][]

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Lots of things will take place during transmediale next week, for example the performance entitled “east site. [chaos][sound]” from lithuania which will take place at RAUM [][][] , Berlin, on Saturday, 03.Feb., 2007, 20:00 hrs

Audiolivestream can be accssed on:

east site. [chaos][sound] is “a performance of lithuanian artists, during which comes the chaotic and unexpected presentation of art pieces. Someone scratches discs and
turns on the sound, someone pushes the play button and shows his/her
videos, someone just tries to involve the participants into the event
flow. What is the art from East in the time of globalization?
Does art from East Europe exists at all?

rasa juskeviciute ‘pablo pikaso”intervention’ –
pb8 ‘collective instrument’ –
vacys nevcesauskas ‘1 – 2 – 1 – 2 – 1 signal lines’
robertas narkus & milda zabarauskaite ‘brand cleaning’
vytautas michelius & tadas sarunas –
patricija gilyte –
+ spec guest gintas k podcasting art –
+ friends

RAUM [][][]
Schwedenstr. 16
13357 Berlin-Mitte/Wedding
+49 (0)30 – 49 91 80 33

Osloer-Str. U8/U9/Tram M13/50/Bus125/128/150/255
Gesundbrunnen U8/S1/S2/S25/S41/S42(Ring)/Bus247

supported by >top e.V.

via Miga

Rock N’ Scroll software

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Rock N' Scroll

Rock N’ Scroll is a software infrastructure for interventions into wifi-equipped public space. It will be presented in Oldenburg by the current scholarship holder at Edith-Russ-Haus in Oldenburg, Annina Rüst.

The project aims to take “the immobile out of mobile computing and to put more wiredness into wireless networking. It is a participatory sound remixing system that is conceived for spontaneous, interventionist use. A hardware patchwork of built-in laptop speakers and other small portable computer speakers replaces the typical single sound system.” Am curious to check it out.

Presentation and artist talk with Annina Rüst on Thursday, 25th of January 2006, 8 pm
Via the Edith Russ Haus für Medienkunst

Connecting Media Congress

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The international congress “Connecting Media” will be held over 2th to 4th November at the Theaterakademie Hamburg, Friedensallee 9, 22765 Hamburg.

The congress explores the intersection between technology, science, music and mediation in order to supportand discuss interdisciplinary work with musicians, artists, computer scientists, and other experts.

The programme (German language) can be accessed here:
Those of you who want to hook up, please email me.

Acoustic turn

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

This year the interdisciplinary symposium of the FORUM for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Muthesius Academy of Arts in Kiel is addressing the Acoustic Turn. For the programm (in German) see here.

Night out

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Løser will be live on stage tonight Fr. 21st April 06, at the Prinz Willy in Kiel at 8 pm, see here Check it out on The ologie-concerts 2006 Electronic Ambient/Lounge . (Via

For Willy’s art works see here

Tactical Sound Garden

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Tactical Sound Garden

The Tactical Sound Garden [ TSG ] Toolkit is linking locative media, physical and virtual space to music and play in the context of an environment for exploration.

“Given a ubiquity of mobile devices and wireless networks, and their proliferation throughout increasingly diverse and sometimes unexpected urban sites, what opportunities – and dilemmas – emerge for the design of public space in contemporary cities?

The Tactical Sound Garden [TSG] Toolkit is a vehicle for exploring this via the design of an infrastructure: an open source software platform for cultivating public “sound gardens” within contemporary cities. It draws on the culture and ethic of urban community gardening to posit a participatory environment where new spatial practices for social interaction within technologically mediated environments can be explored and evaluated. Addressing the impact of mobile audio devices like the iPod, the project examines gradations of privacy and publicity within contemporary public space.

The Toolkit enables anyone living within dense 802.11 wireless (WiFi) “hot zones” to install a “sound garden” for public use. Using a WiFi enabled mobile device (PDA, laptop, mobile phone), participants “plant” sounds within a positional audio environment. These plantings are mapped onto the coordinates of a physical location by a 3D audio engine common to gaming environments – overlaying a publicly constructed soundscape onto a specific urban space. Wearing headphones connected to a WiFi enabled device, participants drift though virtual sound gardens planted by others as they move throughout the city.

1. Upon entering a sound garden, participants connect to a local TSG server and download a small client application along with a library of sounds to their device.
2. As one moves through the sound garden, the client application periodically identifies the participant’s position within the geographic limits of the physical location. This positioning information is fed to the 3D audio engine running on the client, which subsequently outputs a real-time audio mix specific to the current location of the listener.
3. To plant sounds, the participant either uploads sounds recorded or stored on their device, or selects from existing sounds in the library. Participants then set parameters for sound playback. The TSG client identifies the current position of the participant, and sends this information along with their sound file and playback parameters to the TSG server. This sound and its parameters are subsequently broadcast to all participants currently in the garden.
4. To prune sounds, the participant selects a sound in the garden and subsequently modifies any of the parameters of that sound. These modifications are sent to the server, which in turns broadcasts these modifications to all participants currently in the garden.”
(via New Art)