Transforming Transformation

An AHRC-funded collaboration between Birmingham Conservatoire’s Integra Lab and Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studios

Transforming Transformation: “conclusions and future work”

May 4, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

Our AHRC Digital Transformations project “Transforming Transformation” officially finished last week, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts about how the project went and what our future directions might be. The aim of the project was to initiate a new human-centred approach to sound transformation that departs from existing approaches by allowing musicians and […]

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MiXD website now online

May 3, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

As part of the final phase of our AHRC Digital Transformations we’re organising a national symposium on Music Interaction Design (MiXD). At the symposium we will present our own Transforming Transformation project, which will sit alongside other former AHRC Digital Transformations project as well as a range of talks and demos from academia and industry. […]

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MiXD videos now available

April 25, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

The videos from our MiXD symposium are now available via the following link. The symposium was huge success and featured a presentation of our final AHRC Digital Transformations system (Integra Forms) as well as our Transforming Transformation artistic commission alongside a range of other talks and demos including two former AHRC Digital Transformations award holders.

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ICLI Paper accepted

April 18, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

Our paper titled ‘Approaches to Visualising the Spatial Position of Sound-objects’ has been accepted for publication as a paper and demo at the International Conference on Live Interfaces. The paper, brings together research conducted to-date as part of our AHRC-funded Transforming Transformation project, a collaboration with Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studios and immersive […]

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esthesis: performance at MiXD

March 17, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

As part of our AHRC Digital Transformations project “Transforming Transformation” we commissioned a new artistic work to explore the concept of transforming sound through touch-free interaction within a creative context. To say we are delighted with the results would be an understatement! esthesis, the new system and work by composer and sound artist James Dooley […]

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EVA paper accepted

February 25, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

Our paper titled ‘Approaches to Visualising the Spatial Position of Sound-objects’ has been accepted for publication as a paper and demo at EVA London 2016. The paper, which draws heavily on research conducted as part of our AHRC-funded Transforming Transformation project explores ways in which sound spatial location and spatial trajectories can visualised in a […]

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Keynote confirmed for MiXD symposium

February 12, 2016 - Transforming Transformation

In order to greatly extend the final workshop of our AHRC Digital Transformations project we’ve decided to host a national symposium on Music Interaction Design (MiXD). We’re now delighted to announce that Jason Mesut has confirmed will be delivering the Keynote address. Jason is a professional user experience and interaction design consultant with a lifelong […]

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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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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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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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Choosing technologies and frameworks

May 15, 2015 - Transforming Transformation

Choosing technologies and frameworks is an important early stage of any digital research project. Basing a project on the wrong tech can cost time and money, make systems harder to support, prohibit certain types of use, diminish user experience or result in early obsolescence. However, there is rarely (if ever) such a thing as a […]

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AHRC Digital Transformations project begins

May 5, 2015 - Transforming Transformation

We are delighted to announce the beginning of our AHRC-funded Digital Transformations project, titled “Transforming Transformation: 3D Models for Interactive Sound Design”. This will be a 12-month collaboration with Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design studios, world leaders in digital interaction and visualisation and commercial partners TwoBigEars, experts in developing easy-to-use systems for sound spatialisation […]

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