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Soundmap of Cologne

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My local newspaper contained an article about people working hard on capturing soundscapes worldwide. The article had a focus on German activities. If you are interested in the Soundmap of Cologne you should check the great blog about the project including cc-licensed samples:

Soundmap of Cologne

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February 2, 2009 at 8:06 am

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In the air – Visualization of urban data about Madrid

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I am reading regularly the Infosthetics blog. Excellent source for the latest and best projects, tools, etc for interactive visualization of large-scale data. The posting about the In the Air project indicates that there will be updates about the coding in Processing which may be of interest for Urban Sync.

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January 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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Looking forward to Lift09!

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Thanks to Steffen for the hint! I will join Lift09 in February. An excellent melting pot to spread my ideas about reality tagging /blogging and the future of emotions. Great time for brainstorming, networking with inspiring people. Maybe also some serious SNOW?

Small excerpt of the webpage:

Lift09 (Geneva, 25-27 Feb. 09) will look back to look ahead, exploring topics like change, solidarity, love, or design, during three days of intense networking and inspiration themed around a simple question: “Where did the future go?

We were told the future would be about mechanization, computerization, 1984-like nightmares or robots. What did and did not happen? What can we learn from the predictions that never materialized to better look at the future?

Lift gathers international entrepreneurs, artists, managers, researchers, investors, CEOs, designers or ethnologist, people who come to be inspired and meet those who make a difference.

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January 14, 2009 at 11:45 am

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The Berlin Sessions – UdK Sound Studies

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Urban Sync is still work in progress. For my Berlin Sessions I am trying to find potential partners. Yesterday I had a very productive and friendly meeting with Prof.Schulze, the mastermind of the UdK Sound Studies department. We talked about each and every aspect of my project, their students, the philosophy and potenial of sonic spaces, soundscapes, interdisciplinary projects, fundraising, commuting, modern life, identities, blogs, micro-blogging, reality mining, … and a joint agenda.

We did not talk for hours. Just 45 minutes have been enough since there was so much unspoken agreement about our research and why the journey into sound and space matters.

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December 3, 2008 at 8:37 am

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A small repertoire of urban gestures

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I am working on UrbanScrub by using standard software. Why? I like the concept of bodystorming in order to act out possible usage by early investigations based on mockups. At the current stage I used Fission to auto-split audio streams into small grains. Furthermore I imported these grains into the NN-XT sampler of Reason 3. STEIM is offering the versatile mapping tool junXion which allows for very smooth processing of Wiimote input. By nesting logical operations I was able to generate MIDI output to trigger the grains in NN-XT.

Video footage soon to follow here …

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November 26, 2008 at 8:52 pm

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Do we need Manifestos?

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November 25, 2008 at 11:00 am

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The greatest inspiration ever: Michel Waisvisz – The Hands

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I really felt in love with The Hands when I had one of those rare opportunities to see Michel Waisvisz performing live at Sony CSL, Paris. It was at an open house event in 2004 or 2005 and I was there by invitation of Francois Pachet. The performance of Michel in the late afternoon was sounding very close to another performance you can find at the STEIM media archive.

I had seen and heard a lot of laptop, computer music, gesture controlled, sample-based, whatever kind of electroacoustic and beyond music … BUT this was the first one and it remained the most remarkable one touching me really deep inside by an incredible beauty and organic way in which Michel was interacting with the sounds by using The Hands. What a pity that Michel has gone and we wont have the opportunity to enjoy his great stuff anymore.

His performance is still echoing in my head when sitting over the code for UrbanScrub, my own amateurish approach to try to create something similar based on my urban soundset of Porto …

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November 21, 2008 at 9:36 pm

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