Transforming Transformation Experiment 4

January 25, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

This is the fourth experiment in a 1-year AHRC Digital Transformations project run jointly between Birmingham Conservatoire’s Integra Lab and Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studios. The project explores new ways of positioning sound in space using touch-free interaction. In this experiment we use the Microsoft Kinect as a motion capture device, enabling sounds […]

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Adding vibrotactile feedback

January 20, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

One of the findings from our first round of tests for the system we have developed for our AHRC Digital Transformations project “Transforming Transformation” is that users have difficulty precisely grabbing an object within a virtual 3D environment if they only have visual feedback to guide them. The final phase of the project will therefore […]

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Artistic commission

January 11, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

We’re pleased to announce that composer and sound artist James Dooley has accepted the artistic commission for our AHRC-funded Transforming Transformation project (working title “Integra Forms”). The aim of the project is to develop new ways of transforming sound through touch-free interaction. An important element of the project is an artistic commission allowing the project […]

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Initial test results

December 3, 2015 - Transforming Transformation

We have now completed the first round of testing on the system we’ve been developing for our AHRC Digital Transformations “Transforming Transformation” project. Full results will be available in due course through peer-reviewed publication, but in summary we conducted a system usability and user experience (UX) study involving 14 participants from target user groups. The […]

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Transforming Transformation at Music Tech Fest

September 19, 2015 - Transforming Transformation

Today I demo’d the first prototype of our 3D Sound Transformation system at Music Tech Fest Central in Ljubljana. The system-in-progress, has been given the working title “Integra Forms” on account of our aim to enable sound to be transformed (or formed) in space as though it is an invisible 3D object. I gave some […]

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Transforming Transformation experiment 3

September 16, 2015 - Transforming Transformation

This is the third experiment in a 1-year AHRC Digital Transformations project run jointly between Birmingham Conservatoire’s Integra Lab and Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studios. The project explores new ways of positioning sound in space using touch-free interaction. In this experiment we use the Microsoft Kinect as a motion capture device, enabling sounds […]

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The Integra Lab welcomes Niccolò Granieri

September 15, 2015 - Other

Integra Lab welcomes Niccolo Granieri. Niccolò will be joining us as a research intern working across a range of projects including module development for Integra Live and research into new technologies for touch-free 3D interaction with virtual environments. Aa recent graduate of Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Tartini in Trieste, Niccolò has a strong background in […]

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The Integra Lab welcomes Luiz Casteloes

September 4, 2015 - Other

Integra Lab welcomes Luiz Casteloes. Luiz will be joining us as a postdoc researcher working on developing educational apps based on contemporary compositional techniques such as microtonality, sound spectra analysis, and musical grammars. Brazilian composer, professor at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (Brazil) since 2009, Luiz has a strong background in composition and education. Luiz will be […]

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Transforming Transformation experiment 2

September 3, 2015 - Transforming Transformation

This is the second experiment in a 1 year AHRC Digital Transformations project run jointly between Birmingham Conservatoire’s Integra Lab and Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studios. The project explores the creative applications of 3D sound manipulation, specifically sound spatialisation. In this experiment we use the Microsoft Kinect as a motion capture device, enabling […]

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Announcing the MiXD symposium

September 1, 2015 - Transforming Transformation

As part of our AHRC Digital Transformations project we were planning to present our final system (working title “Integra Forms”) through a national public workshop hosted at Birmingham Conservatoire as part of the annual Frontiers Festival. However, since we have received significant interest from researchers interest in using the boundaries of music interaction, we’ve decided […]

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Equinode

August 28, 2015 - Equinode

Equinode fuses interactive light projections and algorithmically generated music to create an immersive audience experience. n Visitors uncover streams of music and manipulate the spectrum of light by stepping onto the platform and finding a point of balance and equilibrium: an equinode. Sensors hidden in the platform detect the slightest movements made by whoever steps onto it. […]

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equinode for Vagiti Ultimi Spoiler!

August 17, 2015 - Equinode

Just a quick spoiler about ‘equinode’, an interactive installation created for Vagiti Ultimi 2015, which will be running from 26th August until 14th September in Atri (Teramo, Italy). The installation has been realised by me, James Dooley and Guido Iommarini as members of the new born Star Node group. Our work has been supported by the Integra Lab, which gave […]

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Back to the future!

August 16, 2015 - Other

I’m going to travel soon for vacation and work, as every time I go somewhere. As the post’s title suggests, I’m going to talk about something which happened few months ago, yet it projected my research work further. I have been in L’Aquila last June, where with Marco Giordano I put one more time my hands […]

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Making in Bham

August 15, 2015 - Other

I’m based in Birmingham since May 2013, and everyone around me makes things and stuff. Currently, they are building in every corner of the city centre, they do indoor and outdoor exhibitions, concerts, they read in parks (unless the library is open, see the picture…………………). So, few months ago I have decided to make stuff too! Together […]

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Visit at K-Array laboratories

August 4, 2015 - MyoMapper

Everything began when I first saw the following video regarding the K-Array KW8 speakers (aka Owl). After I saw such video, I just wrote an e-mail to the K-Array team about my interest to use such technology in combination with gestural devices. They answered positively, and after a couple of weeks, I had a video […]

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MyoMapper (beta version)

July 16, 2015 - MyoMapper

Just back from ICAD15, where students and researchers asked me about the system I’ve used to hack the Myo armband. When I just started to work with the Myo I’ve developed Myo2MIDI, which is a Myo connector able to convert Myo data into MIDI values. However this solution wasn’t the best one, because of rescaling and centring issues. […]

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Transforming Transformation experiment 1

June 23, 2015 - Transforming Transformation

This is the initial experiment in a 1 year AHRC Digital Transformations project run jointly between Birmingham Conservatoire’s Integra Lab and Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studios. The project will explore the creative applications of 3D sound manipulation, specifically sound spatialisation. In this first experiment a basic UI is established where sounds can be […]

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Designing a human-centred system for sound transformation

June 8, 2015 - Transforming Transformation

At its core our AHRC Digital Transformations project “Transforming Transformation” has a simple aim: to instigate a new way of transforming sound that radically improves on existing approaches. The current state of the art If a music producer or sound designer wants to transform a sound, for example by applying a reverb or stretching the […]

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Highlights from NIME 2015

June 4, 2015 - Other

The New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference (or NIME) is a conference that started out as a workshop at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in 2001. It’s an international conference, with approximately 250–500 attendees annually and one of the bigger music technology / computer music conferences. I presented papers at NIME […]

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