The last few weeks have been quite busy here in Oslo. We opened the new lab just about a month ago, and since then I have organised several workshops, guest lectures and concerts both at UiO and at NMH. I was planning to post some longer descriptions of what has been going on, but decided to go for a summary instead.
First we had a workshop called embedded systems workshop, but which I retroactively have renamed RaPMIC workshop (Rapid Prototyping of Music Instruments and Controllers). Dan Overholt came up from Denmark with a bunch of CUIs and some pendaphonics. We spent time looking at various solutions for musical electronics, trying to solve bluetooth and virtual com port problems, etc. There are some pictures up on flickr, and a bunch of links to various interesting things are posted on the wiki.
Second, we had an OLO workshop at the Music Academy with Dan Trueman from Princeton University. During the last year we have had a few workshops and some concerts with various constellations of the Oslo Laptop Orchestra (OLO). We had already been playing some of the PLOrk repertoire on our own, so it was great to have Dan to help solve technical problems (particularly the automagic multicasting), as well as showing various conducting techniques. There are some photos on flickr, and a video coming as soon as I find some time to edit it.
Finally, we had a Jamoma workshop. The first day was a public workshop introducing Jamoma to beginnning and intermediary users. The rest of the week was a developer workshop where we fixed a number of issues that have been plaguing the current 0.5 beta release, as well as laying the grounds for future development towards Jamoma 0.6. (flickr)
It has been great to get started doing various things in the lab. The new space has proven excellent for our activities, and it has been great that lots of people from outside of the group has also found the way to the lab. I am also happy that all of the activities have been based on collaboration between the university, the music academy and NOTAM.