An evening of lights in London

Yesterday evening, I went along to the early part of the evening at the Lumiere Show in London.  I stayed around the Regents Street and Trafalgar Square side.

Elephant at LumiereIt was a touch crowded crowded as I made my way down from Oxford Street to Trafalgar Square. I did spend a little time at the junction with Air Street where the elephant was wondering through the arch with sounds. I’m not sure that it worked on that context as the audio seemed a little lost within the open space.
Crowd powered lights at Lumiere LondonThe main net was powered by phones logging into the WiFi and visiting a certain site. The installation changed along the visible spectrum.

 

Light powered floating devicesFloating Whale type devices floated above the crowds (like a Gibson inspired Festo installation from Pattern Recognition).

I do wonder if the Internet powered installations might have benefited from some sound with it but this might be hard to define. Beat boxers and buskers were out in force and the evening felt like a party (but very crowded).


Looking forward to 2016

2016, I think, will be one of completions and continuing things. I hope that this year will be the one where I complete my Masters degree. I look forward to doing more work with sound and sonification. It is a challenge in terms of software, art, design and patience but one that I am relishing. […]


Some recent work in sonification

Just a short post. I attended the Text Encoding Initiative Conference in Lyon where I gave my first proper software paper, written with David De Roure. I’ll write about it properly shortly but here is the link to the paper,“It will discourse most eloquent music”: Sonifying variants of Hamlet, in the Oxford University Research Archive. […]


Beginning to sonify the Economist’s Big Mac index

The Big Mac index is The Economist’s index of the Purchasing-Power Parity (PPP), which was devised in 1986 . Intended as a light-hearted representation of exchange rate theory, it has become one of the economic indexes, along with the Hemline Index [1] and the Men’s Underwear Index . All three indices represent a view of […]


Building the Chuck language on Ubuntu

I am currently using the ChucK language in various sonification experiments. Using it across operating systems can be fun. Mac and Windows have installers already. Linux does not and needs to be built from source. This gives the developer a set of options for building depending on their platform. I have  my built of this […]


Sonification and auditory display links 7 September

A slightly older link but this link appears to be a useful link to thinking about and developing auditory displays. Breaking the Sound Barrier: Designing Auditory Displays for Global Usability by Robert S Tannen


Audio-visual presentations of Stock Market data

This morning, whilst making breakfast, a news article on the BBC Breakfast show caught my eye. I wasn’t terribly interested in the article being presented from the London Stock Exchange but the visualisation of the stocks behind the presenter caught my eye. Twenty stocks were being updated in real time and being shown using concentric, […]


Sonification and auditory displays links 16 Aug

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision have a labs site and Twitter feed. I believe that this follows other initiatives such as the Europeana Labs. Fashion houses create some wonderful things in the wearables section, such as the dress that responds to Twitter. “A collaborative development of an artistic responsive fashion collection” explores responsive […]


Scripting Scyther

As part of my latest course assignment, I have been using Cas Cremer’s Scyther tool for one of the questions. It is a Python programme that allows a user to test a protocol for security properties. It is very user friendly once it gets going but I got frustrated with having to go the directory […]


Sonification and auditory display links 9 Aug 2015

I’ve just started with sonification and auditory displays. Here are some links and articles (some are behind paywalls) that I found of interest. I heard about a sonification of economic data, The Sound of the Economy, on the Foreign Affairs site and an adjoining paper by George Kopeczky describing it, Perspectives in Sonification of Financial Data […]