Musikkteknologidagene 2007, a Norwegian contact meeting for people working in the field(s) of music technology, will be organised at the Norwegian Academy of Music 10 and 11 October. I initiated the first of these meetings back in 2005, and am happy that we manage to keep the concept alive. Both research on, and use of, music technology is growing rapidly in Norway as everywhere else. However, while many of us working in the field have large international networks in our special branches of the music technology world, we often seem to know little about what is happening in our own country.
Thus, Musikkteknologidagene is an important arena where people of different practices and backgrounds may meet and discuss. It is only by joining forces that we can show everyone else that music technology has become a mature field in its own right, and should not be considered as a subdiscipline anymore. This requires that researchers, practitioners (producers, musicians, etc.) and teachers at all levels meet and talk together.
The MTG group at Pompeu Fabra reports that Björk will use the Reactable in her upcoming tour:
With her first tour concert at the Coachella Festival in California, the Icelandic singer Björk introduced the reactable for the first time to a mainstream audience. Our instrument will form a key element of the artist’s current world tour “Volta” which will appear at numerous music festivals during the next 18 months.
I have tried the Reactable at various conferences and it is great that this innovative collaborative instrument gets some attention outside the music tech community.
A Microsoft demo of surface computing, showing several prototypes of “gesture control” (what I would call action control) in software.
There are very few items that make me happy every time I use them, but my Sandisk SD memory card is one of them. I have had it for around a year, and it seems to be some of the most ingenious industrial design during the last years. It makes cables unnecessary, as I simple flip it open and connect it to a USB port. Brilliant! In the beginning I was very afraid that it should break, but I have been using it a lot over the last year without any problems.
Reading this post, and viewing the picture below, I came to think about the dynamics of the Max/MSP community: