BEACON: AN INTERFACE FOR SOCIO-MUSICAL INTERACTION

 

 
Beacon is a new and exciting musical instrument that produces richer expression when there are more participants. Developed by University of Tsukuba (Japan).

 

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MUSIC MEETS INTERACTIVITY IN LINZ ?

 

 
Visiting the 2011 ARS Electronica in Linz, Austria, I hoped to find some interesting works for blogging.
But this year I left the festival with a sense of disappointment. A theremin which can be played by the musician’s whole body, an interactive sound installation about the dying of Icelandic waterfalls and finally beacon, an interface for socio-musical interaction made by some Japanese students. The weather was nice.
 

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SOUR – MIRROR

 

 
The latest interactive video for Japanese band Sour reflects two big trends from this year: multiple pop-up windows and music videos that pull in the user’s personal data
Last year, Sour scored a big hit with their Hibi No Niero video which used fans’ webcam footage to charming effect. The new video, for track Mirror, echoes Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown in that it takes the user’s personal details (in this case Facebook, Webcam and Twitter) in order to create a personalised, multi-window experience.
Go to the site and you are asked to input your log-in details to Facebook, webcam and Twitter.

 

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