Author: James Dooley

Integra Lab at ICMC/EMW 2017

November 3, 2017 - MyoMapper, Performances, Projects

This year’s International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) was hosted at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in conjunction with Shanghai’s Electronic Music Week (EMW) festival.  Balandino Di Donato and James Dooley from Integra Lab attended the conference to present a paper on the MyoSpat gesture-controlled audiovisual system. They were accompanied by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Eleanor Turner, […]


Performing at Audio Mostly 2017

August 30, 2017 - Performances

Just back from a fantastic week in London attending the Audio Mostly conference held at Queen Mary University by the Centre for Digital Music. Audio Mostly is a conference which brings together musicians, sound designers, and technologists to discuss their latest understandings. This year the theme of the conference was Augmented and Participatory Sound and Music Experiences. […]


Music Interaction Design (MiXD) workshop

June 6, 2017 - Other

Just back from Berklee College of Music – Valencia, where I delivered a workshop focused on Music Interaction Design using Integra Live. The workshop was aimed exploring “traditional” MIDI and latest interactive gestural devices. We looked at their usability during musical performance, limitations and how these devices enhance expressivity and the level of engagement with […]


MiXD 2017

March 28, 2017 - Performances

As part of Frontiers festival at Birmingham Conservatoire, MiXD 2017 showcased a selection of works by MMus students interspersed with DJ sets from our own Richard Cornock. The audience was presented with a range of exciting performances exploring interactive live electronics and audiovisuals.


The Wood And The Water

February 18, 2017 - Performances

After four months of hard work, the main outcome of the HarpCI project sees the light. The Wood And The Water for harp and electronics is composed by Eleanor Turner using MyoSpat. The performance explores principles of human-computer interaction in the field of musical performance. The performer, Eleanor Turner, elaborates the auditory and visual feedback through […]


Call for beta testers

January 9, 2017 - Other

We are currently looking for beta testers to test and evaluate MyoSpat, a creative sound spatialisation system controllable through hand gestures developed by our PhD student Balandino Di Donato. The system aims to facilitate the creative use of sound spatialisation during live musical performance through easily learned hand gestures. MyoSpat is developed using the Myo armband, Myo Mapper, […]


formuls at SONada and SPECTRA

December 12, 2016 - Performances

formuls is the audiovisual performance environment created by James Dooley. Using bespoke software to manipulate and control generative algorithms, finely tuned noise and particle-based visuals are crafted during live performance. Throughout the improvised performance oscillating, kaleidoscopic soundscapes with responsive visual projections emerge and slowly evolve through time. A key feature of the project is the […]


Dancing with Sound and Light

December 5, 2016 - Projects

Integra Lab is happy to announce a new project! James Dooley and Balandino Di Donato are currently collaborating with Sonia Sabri in an interactive audiovisual dance performance. Sonia Sabri has established an international reputation for presenting Kathak dance in a contemporary context. She creates work relevant to modern audiences, that is inspired by Indian and […]


Equinode II

November 26, 2016 - Equinode

Equinode II, an interactive audiovisual work by James Dooley and Balandino Di Donato, was commissioned by SPECTRA Festival Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur (22nd-23rd October, 2016). Fusing audio, visuals and physical gesture to create playful artworks where the quality of the interaction is central to the user experience, the Equinode series examines novel interaction modalities where […]


Towards grabbing and throwing sounds away

May 6, 2016 - MyoMapper

Over the last year, I’ve been working on the development of an interactive audio spatialiser designed to move a vocal sound during musical performance. I tried to solve this problem by empowering the user to position the sound within an acoustic space through orienting the arm in that position (read more about it). It was just a starting point towards […]


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 […]


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. […]


Music Gesture Beatbox

April 29, 2016 - MyoMapper

Music Gesture Beatbox is a project born from a collaboration between Balandino and Grace Savage, who will be performing at MTFBerlin existing and new material using the outcome of Balandino Di Donato’s research on gestural control to manipulate lighting states, visual projection and sound FX via loop station and a dedicated piece of software. The aim […]


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.


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 […]


Exploring Live Sound Spatialisation Using Gestural Control

March 8, 2016 - MyoMapper

Source: MyoDevelopers blog, written by Elaine – Marketing at Thalmic Labs Hi Myo community, My name is Balandino Di Donato and I’m a PhD student at Integra Lab (BCU), where HCI (Human Computer Interaction), design and audio signal elaboration coexist to create new musical experiences. My work explores ways to map beatboxers’ gestures into features […]


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 […]


MyoMapper stable release

February 17, 2016 - MyoMapper

After a long period spent testing MyoMapper 0.1, here is the stable release. Please DOWNLOAD it and let me know how it goes. Here you can find all info to get started with it. For any issue, please feel free to drop me a message. Thanks to all users who tested it so far! Below […]


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 […]