Sound and music computing

Volt presents Maia Urstad : CARGO

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 17:28

Just about everything we surround ourselves with has been in a container at some point. The exhibition CARGO examines questions of communication across borders by land and by sea, the distribution of goods and benefits, access to resources and consumption and transport routes. It relates these themes to the schoolroom or classroom, a place where worldviews are made and knowledge is imparted to those who are to further develop society and democracy.

The project is a result of Urstad’s interest in and fascination with the different methods and technologies used to communicate across distances in our recent history: from the communication between captain and engineer in older ships where one would stay above deck and the other in a noisy engine room, via telegraphy, Morse code and other types of radio communication across oceans and great distances, to the innovation of our time – the digital terrestrial network and use of fibre optics.

CARGO circles around the connection between technological development, mobility and the historical development of our conception of the contemporary and the global, and our accumulated personal ballast in the form of experiences and our location in a geographic, economic, social and cultural field.

Nine modified school desks, audio recordings of individuals’ stories from different parts of the world and a multi-channel sound composition are the main elements in CARGO. As such it contains a supply of stories that expands by incorporating new stories for each new place the project is presented.

In CARGO we encounter personal stories, stories that have been collected by Urstad through interviews with different people she has met and who are a part of her life. In the Bergen version we meet the Zimbabwe-born curator Clare Butcher, who relates and reflects on her experiences from the streets of Madrid and Cairo in spring 2011, and how she, as a white person growing up in Zimbabwe, could not take part in public protests. Vassilij Vassilevich, a 92-year old radio operator from Kaliningrad, recounts his experiences as a radio operator back in The Soviet Union years and up till the present day, and talks about the importance of radio as a means of communication in Russia throughout several decades. Smallholder Alfhild Toft puts technological development in perspective in her personal story about doing laundry in the river. Michel Mutambuyi shares the story of his journey from Congo, his homeland, to South Africa ten years ago, and speaks of his work as a tour guide and how he for the past ten years has struggled to obtain a residence permit, work, house and a home in the new country.

Maia Urstad works at the intersection of audio and visual art, predominantly with sound installations and performances. She has a degree from Bergen Academy of Art and Design and a background in rock, as a keyboardist and electric guitarist in the ska/new wave band Program 81, among other things. Her works have been presented at Johannesburg Art Gallery, Prefix ICA in Toronto, Museo Reina Sofia Radio in Madrid, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, KODE in Bergen, Mamam do Patio Recife in Brazil and Electrohype at Malmö Konsthall. She is part of the international sound art collective freq-out, curated by CM von Hausswolff and is co-founder of Lydgalleriet in Bergen. Her last project, Meanwhile, in Shanghai… was presented in five different versions in 2011–2012: in Riga Kortrijk, Maastricht, Bergen and Berlin, the latter as a solo exhibition at Singuhr Sound Gallery in May 2012. She is part of the Marrakech Biennale in 2014.Her soundworks are published by Touch Music in London.

The project is a collaboration between BEK and Nordnes School and is supported by Bergen Municipality and Arts Council Norway – Art and New Technology. Volt is supported by Bergen Municipality and Arts Council Norway.

Time and place:
  • Volt - Visningsrommet USF - 07/02/2014 to 18/02/2014

MSHR sound, light, sculpture - Feb 21 and 22

MSHR is a collaborative project by Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy, from Oregon. The duo produces installations, sculptures and ritualistic performances that place the human body into a dynamic relationship with sound and light, generating expanded sensory experiences.

MSHR's live performances currently revolve around a unique system of light-audio feedback that employs hand made synthesizers and sculptural interfaces. The duo insert themselves into the system, sitting in the centre of the array and steering the feedback patterns by shifting sculptural sensors.

Talk on Friday the 21st at Phoenix from 6.

Live performance on Saturday the 22nd at Two Queens Gallery ( -- a warehouse gallery and studio complex in the cultural quarter which is very close to Phoenix. There will be drinks, starting from 7.

Faculty of Technology Pop-up Library - every Wednesday

We would just like to announce the start of the Faculty of Technology Pop-up Library.This will be every Wednesday (in term time) starting on 29th January 12.30-1.30pm in FOTAC.One of the subject librarians from the faculty will be available to give help with;·        Using library resources·        Referencing and citation·        Literature searching·        Finding books and journal articles·        Using databases·        Any other queries

DMU Postgrad Study Information Session 19 Feb

The university will be holding a talk on postgraduate study and to promote the new Vice Chancellor 2020 Scholarships. This will occur Wednesday 19th feb 11am-12.30pm, and will include tea/coffee and cakes. The session will be in Q0.10 and start with a 10 min presentation on the scholarships. The  the rest of the session will consist of opportunities for prospective students to chat with taught postgrad course leaders and module staff.

Note that this is focused on 'taught postgrad' study, and thus it won't include MTI's postgrad study programmes, which are independent/research degrees. We will hold a different information session in the near future for 3rd-year students interested in pursuing postgraduate with MTI.


Open Days 2014

FRI - News and Events - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:11

Computer science is the future, come and create it with us!

Applications for the 2014 FRI Robo League are now open!

FRI - News and Events - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:10

The 7th University competition in mobile robotics FRI Robo League 2014 is about to start, which will also be open to secondary school teams. This year we will embark on an especially perilous and demanding mission with our robots: Fourth Rock from the Sun. Interesting tasks await you on the remote planet, while the main challenge lies in the distance between Earth and Mars, which causes an inconvenient delay in the communication with the robot.

FRI is moving into new building in July

FRI - News and Events - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:07

This week, the Faculty of Computer and Information Science and the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology have publicly announced that the move into new buildings will take place in July 2014. The buildings are scheduled to be completed in April, the move is scheduled for July and lectures will begin in the new buildings in October.

Why is Talking Tom such a success?

FRI - News and Events - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:04

FRI had the pleasure to host Luka Renko, the technical director of Outfit7 at one of the monthly lectures in the »Up to the Waist in Mud« lecture series.

The national Bober competition has successfully come to an end

FRI - News and Events - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:00

On Saturday, 18 January 2014 the third national Bober competition in computer thinking and literacy took place, co-organised by all three Slovenian universities and the ACM computer association of Slovenia.

Jack Conte: Unbreaking Content Monetization: Why Ad Revenue Sucks at Making Creators Money

CCRMA-Stanford University - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:00
Date:  Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom Event Type:  Colloquium

YouTubers are getting rich from ad revenue, right? Jack Conte's video catalog gets a million hits per month, and that generates less than $50 of ad revenue to help him pay the bills.  As an independent musician (and the balder, less attractive half of indie duo Pomplamoose), Jack will be telling us about his robotic music video projects, the currently broken content monetization systems, and the emergence of the Creative Middle Class.  If you don't like art (or puppies, or candy... just saying....) then come to learn about Jack's recent startup, Patreon, and its mission to make small business creativity a sustainable endeavor.

FREE Open to the Public

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Jamoma developer workshop

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:55

Jamoma developers from France, US, England and Norway team up for a workshop at BEK in March. The workshop will focus on finalising specifications and implementation of model-view-controller separation for the upcoming 0.6 release, and speculate on future directions for development.

Jamoma is an open-source set of software libraries for multimedia processing in Cycling’74 Max, C and C++ applications and other hosting environments. It has been in development since 2003, and is being used for a wide range of artistic projects internationally, including music, works for stage, installations and more. It is also being used for research into spatial audio and issues in music cognition, sensor technologies and machine learning.

The schedule for the workshop is available here.

The workshop is supported by Hordaland County Council.


Time and place:
  • BEK - 01/03/2014 to 09/03/2014

Anders Elsrud Hultgreen presenting Evighetens Avkom at BEK

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:23

During a period of two months Anders Elsrud Hultgreen has been working and developing Evighetens Avkom, a video commisioned by BEK. This video has recently been shown for the first time at Stavanger Screen City, and now Anders will present his process and the work to us. The presentation will take place on 14.02 from 12h – 13h. We will serve soup! Welcome!

A description of two parallel landscapes -
A being’s journey through a landscape beyond nature;
in a landscape lying parallel to the visible world.

Anders uses the landscape as main character. In comparison to his last work, The Pyramidical Silence, where there was a clear linear narrative, an obvious beginning and an end, here he makes a circular structure, where the feeling of infinity rules. The work revolves around a research on circularity, eternal repetition, things that moves in circles…. (more)

BEK has supported the realization of this project, through equipment, working space and funding.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 14/02/2014 12:00

AES E-News: February 5, 2014

AES E-News - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 16:07
1. AES Congratulates 56th Grammy Award Winners
2. 136th Convention eBriefs
3. 137th Convention
4. International Conferences
5. Job Board Update
6. AES Journal Launches New Management System
7. AES Journal January/February Issue

Call for Enrolment in the 2014/2015 Academic Year

FRI - News and Events - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 08:35

We would like to inform you that the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport has published a call for enrolment in undergraduate and uniform Master’s study programmes for the 2014/2015 academic year on their website.

Arkamys, nouveau partenaire de l'Ircam

IRCAM - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 00:00

L'Ircam a comme nouveau partenaire Arkamys, spécialiste des solutions d'amélioration du son.

Reconnu pour son expertise et son savoir-faire dans le domaine de l'amélioration du son, Arkamys fournit des solutions performantes pour l'audio et la voix aux industriels de l'automobile et de l'électronique grand public. Le lancement d'un partenariat avec l'Ircam permettra à la société de proposer des solutions encore plus innovantes à ses clients.

L'alliance des deux structures complémentaires  - un centre de recherche prestigieux développant les technologies de la musique de demain et une PME innovante au contact des industriels majeurs de l'électronique grand public - « contribuera à renforcer le catalogue d'Arkamys sur ses secteurs d'activités (automobile, mobile et télévision), et dans son développement à l'international », déclare Philippe Tour, CEO d'Arkamys.

« Les recherches menées à l'Ircam font l'objet de nombreuses applications avancées pour la création et la distribution de la musique, la lutherie électronique, la production audiovisuelle, le design sonore et la réalité virtuelle. Cette collaboration avec Arkamys, placée sous le signe de la complémentarité et de l'exigence technologique au service de l'expérience utilisateur, ouvre d'importants débouchés nouveaux à nos travaux dans plusieurs domaines d'activité de l'électronique grand public », déclare Hugues Vinet, Directeur du département Recherche et développement de l'Ircam.

Installations at St Andrews Church, Jarrom Street—5-12 Feb

Students on the MUST3028 Installation Art will be presenting site specific installations at St Andrews Church (on the corner of Gateway St and Jarrom Street) from 5-12 Feb as follows.

Do please come and support their work. This will be particularly of interest to first and second years interested in pursuing the Installation Art module in the third year.

Wed 5 Feb, 3-4.30pm
Chris Inglis, The Silent Pages
   - A piece exploiting the relative quietness of the church, both physical and symbolic
Josh Yates, The Sacred Precinct 
   - Exploring the dynamics of theology and philosophy surrounding the art object
Fenton Hutson, Tintinnabulation in St. Andrews Church
   - An Installation that explores the space (acoustics and materials) and place (context/significance) of St. Andrews Church through bell and bell like sounds
David Gurney, ecclesiastes 1:7
   - A 3-dimensional sound experience that encompasses the font with flowing water

Fri 7 Feb, 1.30-3pm
Sam Wilmer, Mannequin Motet
   - Inspired by Thomas Tallis' Spem In Alium, this piece focuses on man's influence on religion shown through an immersive soundworld
Sam Topley, e.e.c.
   - exploded electronic carillon
Rory Webster, The Annals of Theology
   - A walk through various perspectives on the existence of god and the relationship between religion and science
Thom Lilley, Flow
   - Flow through the church, experiencing sounds of water without stepping outside

Tue 11 Feb, 1.30-3pm
Sagnik Basu, War of Faith
   - An installation about recreating an apocalyptic World War 2 scenario and painting people's emotional struggle of faith
Andrew Dove, Balloon Trail
   - A path of sound emitting balloons taking viewers on a historic journey up to the build of St. Andrews
John Durnford, Absolved Sin
   - The sins of those who are forgiven linger in the stations of the cross and can be heard throughout the church
Sam Warren, If walls could talk
   - A study in Space and Perception

Wed 12 Feb, 3-4.30pm
Szymon Gabriel, Electrinity
   - An interactive installation; creating sound through an interpreted stained glass window
Maxim Quick: Anekantavada - 'Non-one-sidedness'
   - A cognitively engaging installation piece aiming to highlight social cohesion by exploring the inherent ideological differences within religion
Jamie Siddons, Stimuli
   - A progressive atmospheric piece filled with deep swelling basslines, artificially edited sounds and orchestral instrumentation designed to be played through an 8 channel surround sound setup
Alex Cable, Inauditum
   - An evocative piece that reflects upon the unheard tones of the organ
Alex Gibbons, (title/info to follow)

    Camille Utterback

    CCRMA-Stanford University - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 08:20
    Date:  Wed, 02/05/2014 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm Location:  The Knoll Classroom Event Type:  Colloquium From Falling Text to Custom Glass - Adventures in Interactive Art
    FREE Open to the Public

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    Apen hebben geen maatgevoel [Dutch]

    Ondanks hun verwantschap aan mensen hebben apen geen maatgevoel. Niet-menselijke primaten kunnen geluiden wel gedurende enkele tijdsintervallen herkennen en daarop reageren, maar zijn ongevoelig voor de regelmaat in een langer ritme. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van UvA-hoogleraar muziekcognitie Henkjan Honing en neurobioloog Hugo Merchant van de Nationale Autonome Universiteit van Mexico. Hun resultaten zijn onlangs gepubliceerd in het wetenschappelijke tijdschrift Frontiers in Neuroscience. [NewScientist, 20 januari 2014]

    Bergen leser: Skogen i Hjartet

    Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:14

    Se og Les Barne- og ungdoms­litteratur­konferanse finner sted i Bergen 3-5 februar 2014, og samler forfattere, formidlere, illustratører, foredragsholdere, kulturarbeidere og kritikere fra hele landet. I løpet av konferansen vil deltagerne benytte installasjonen Bergen Leser ved Bergen offentlige bibliotek til å lese inn diktsamlingen “Skogen i hjartet” av Hanne Bramness.

    I “Skogen i hjartet” fangar og formar Bramness både augneblinkar og ei forteljing om ein liten frosk.

    Kva skjer med frosken når vinteren kjem og isen legg seg over vatnet? Bramness tek oss med ut i skogen, ned i djupet og inn i frosken si verd. I eit leikent språk, rikt på saneslege bilete og metaforar, etablerar ho samanhenger mellom språk og natur.

    “Skogen i hjartet” er vakkert illustret av Laurie Clark og er Hanne Bramness si fjerde diktsamling for born.

    Bergen Leser er en høytlesningsinnstallasjon utviklet av BEK for Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek. På biblioteket er det satt opp et TV-studio hvor publikum kan lese inn bøker avsnitt for avsnitt. Opptakene blir så satt sammen til en videobok som kan oppleves på denne websiden.

    Time and place:
    • Bergen Leser - Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek - 03/02/2014 to 05/02/2014
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