Centre staff present work of FAST project at Audio Mostly conference

Centre staff present work of FAST project at Audio Mostly conference

Professor David De Roure, Research Associate Iain Emsley and Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries Pip Willcox, recently presented work supported by the FAST project at the Audio Mostly conference.

The research also involved Centre researchers Kevin Page, David Weigl and Graham Klyne, working in collaboration with colleagues at the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham.

Audio Mostly (this year themed 'Augmented and Participatory Sound and Music Experiences') was held at Queen Mary University of London from 23-26 August. Audio Mostly is an established research conference, working at an international level, where researchers in audio design share their results and exchange experiences about sound design and its future possibilities.

Iain Emsley also presented a demo of "A Network of Noise: Designing with a Decade of Data to Sonify JANET" (with Alan Chamberlain of the University of Nottingham and David De Roure) in a session on Augmented/Virtual Reality, Perception and Soundscape Studies. This novel approach to the sonification of networks is framed by the ways in which network traffic changes over the national Janet network. Using a variety of sonification techniques, they examine the user context, how this sonification leads to system design considerations, and feeds back into the user experience.

David De RouAlan Chamberlain in rehearsalre and Alan Chamberlain (pictured here in rehearsal) also presented a musical performance at the Audio Mostly Concert on Friday evening, entitled "The Gift of the Algorithm: Beyond Autonomy and Control". The performance was a premiere of a new composition based on contributions made by several musicians using the Numbers into Notes software developed by Professor De Roure.

The piece brings together participation, algorithmic composition and augmentation (as a mechanism by which people can work together to augment and support a composer's workflow), exploring the ways in which composition and performance can be understood, socially, aesthetically and scientifically. Recording and further information.

ClimbA further musical performance of ""Climb!" A Virtuoso Piece and Musical Game for Disklavier", was presented by Maria Kallionpää (University of Oxford) with Chris Greenhalgh, Adrian Hazzard (both University of Nottingham), David Weigl and Kevin Page. The performance uses MELD dynamic annotated score renderer software created by the Centre's David Weigl and the (University of Nottingham) Mixed Reality Laboratory's Muzicodes technology. Climb! is supported by the EPSRC-funded FAST project.

This work was further explored in a workshop on "Interaction, Instruments and Performance: HCI and the Design of Future Music Technologies", co-organised by Alan Chamberlain, Xenia Pestova, Mads Bodker, Maria Kalionpaa and David De Roure.

David presented a demo of the arduinos developed as part of work inspired by Ada Lovelace, which uses several small devices to generate music, each emulating algorithms arising from the study of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage.

Professor De Roure was also involved in a further workshop, Performing Design, examining the interplay between people, musical instruments, performance and technology.