• Presentation at CIM '19

    On September 28th, I presented a position paper about the topic of the book at the Conference for Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM) in Graz.

    The book of abstracts can be downloaded here. My contribution “Unravelling the question of mapping and the aesthetics of digital musical instruments” can be found on page 30 and 31.

    To share the conclusion of my talk:

    The process of mapping is an interdisciplinary effort and requires both engineering and artistic skills.

    While common strategies, tools and elements are used, each instrument is highly individual and often changing over time. New strategies, tools and elements are continually invented, embraced and (in some cases) abandoned again.

    The process is situated in time and relates to the available technical means and current artistic practices: it is connected to the music paradigms embedded in available software and hardware, and how artists adopt, change, break and transcend these paradigms.

    As such it is an enactive process of codevelopment of artistic concepts and technology. Also the resulting instruments may be seen as embodiments of the artistic concepts and performative expression of the artist. Conversely, the instruments are physical objects that allow the exploration and development of these aesthetic concepts.

  • Funding application submitted

    At the start of the month, I submitted a large funding application for the follow-up trajectory to the Creative Industry Fund NL. In October I will hear about the result, and if the result is positive, I’ll be fully focused on the book in 2020 and publishing it at the end of 2020. For the co-financing for this funding application, I will start a crowdfunding action soon, so stay tuned!

    In the follow-up trajectory, I plan to do the following:

    • host work sessions around the book: the first one will be at iii from Oct 28 to 30
    • continue the research (literature, and on the case studies)
    • visit several places in Norway (organised together with PNEK), such as BEK and NOTAM
    • work with graphic designers to illustrate and layout the book: the duo SuperPosition
    • write, write, write
    • and work with the publisher, V2_ to publish the book!

  • Expression of interest form online

    As I am preparing the follow-up trajectory, I have put an expression of interest form online. Please fill it in if you want to help out making this book real!

    In the follow-up trajectory, I plan to do the following:

    • host workshops around the book
    • contintue the research (literature, and on the case studies)
    • work with graphic designers to illustrate and layout the book
    • write, write, write
    • and work with the publisher to publish the book!

  • Transcribing interviews

    After transcribing the interview with Andi Otto using MHWaveEdit and Kate, I realised I needed to improve the tools I use for this a little bit, to make it easier to pause, playback, and jump back and forth. So I found another software for playing back the files: Parlatype that provides the necessary playback utilities. But then I needed a way to control the interface in a way that would disrupt the typing as little as possible. So I looked for a way to use a MIDI controller, the Akai LPD8, to send the key presses. With xdotool I was able to send the keypresses and I ended up hooking it up to aseqdump with the script below, which I created with the help of this post. What happens in the script is:

    • check which window is parlatype - the title gets the name of the soundfile, so that is passed as an argument to the script
    • check which window is my instance of kate, opened in the session with the name mapping_book
    • start aseqdump to print out the data from the LPD8
    • Filter that data to take different actions on the different notes.
      • In each case: switch focus to the parlatype window, send the keypress, switch focus back to kate (where I’m typing)
      • The keys mapped are:
        • jump back ten seconds
        • pause/resume playback
        • jump forward ten seconds
        • copy the current timestamp to the clipboard

    Placing the LPD8 now in front of my keyboard, I have a nice interface for transcribing!

    echo $1
    WID=`xdotool search --name $1 | head -1`
    WID2=`xdotool search --name mapping_book| head -1`
    echo $WID
    aseqdump -p "LPD8" | \
    while IFS=" ," read src ev1 ev2 ch label1 data1 label2 data2 rest; do
        case "$ev1 $ev2 $data1" in
            "Note on 36" ) xdotool windowfocus $WID; xdotool key ctrl+Left ; xdotool windowfocus $WID2;;
            "Note on 37" ) xdotool windowfocus $WID; xdotool key ctrl+space ; xdotool windowfocus $WID2;;
            "Note on 38" ) xdotool windowfocus $WID; xdotool key ctrl+Right ; xdotool windowfocus $WID2;;
            "Note on 39" ) xdotool windowfocus $WID; xdotool key ctrl+c ; xdotool windowfocus $WID2;;

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