Hello. If you attended today’s tech bootcamp, you’ll know I said I would post the slides online. Please follow this link to get the slides as a pdf. While not everything I spoke about is fully outlined in the slides, you should be able to follow the main issues and get the URLs you’ll need to get to the software tutorials.
So in the spirit in which I set up this server and this blog, here’s some work in progress. I’m making a movie that tells the viewer about the School of Arts. We filmed Steve Dixon speaking about the School, and got most of you to give me footage from your work and from student performances last year. It is intended to be the kind of thing we’ll send to interested applicants. Click below (on the video image) to watch it in compressed format. I’ll also be producing a DVD of it that we can send away, or that you can give away at concerts, performances, conferences, etc. (that is, if you feel you’d like to, of course). Ask me for an uncompressed version if you want one.
The International Computer Music Conference is currently underway in Copenhagen. Jonathan Clark and David Plans (that’s me) are both presenting papers during the conference, which means we have two Brunel entries: not bad. Jonny has also built a sound installation at the Huset, a multicomplex for performance, installations and cinema, entitled ‘Bahnung’, which consists of a 6.1-speaker array plus videoscreen, in a dark room. The video above shows a little cut of what it looks and sound like, although it was shot with a phone and the room is pitch black, so get some headphones and forgive the video quality. Click on it to play it.
I helped Jonny out a little bit by helping during setup and munging the Jitter window settings to adapt to the projector in the room without bleeding over the edge. I had to resort to a pretty usual bit of window magick:
In retrospect, I have done better resizing patches before (when I wasn’t in such a hurry), so I’ll post a more adaptable solution: by using the jit.display object, one can get the current number, state and resolutions maxmsp can see:
Then it’s trivial to connect this to the jit.window object, in order to automatically get the external screen resolution, adjust accordingly, and avoid the totally boring time spent tweaking screen sizes in the jit.window arguments so your video projection doesn’t bleed outside the screen.
International Jazz Stars, Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Lane will be accepting honorary doctorates at Brunel University on Thursday 19 July. This marks important milestone for Brunel. There will be a Jazz Night at the nearby Waters Edge Restaurant on Thursday evening at 8-11PM featuring the Frank Griffith Trio (including Brunel grad, Nick Pugh on bass). Take note that there will be a 10% discount on food if you book in advance as part of the Brunel party or bring a copy of the flyer.
Finally, our XServe is in good shape, the XRaid arrives tomorrow, and this space isn’t looking dead anymore. Check again soon for news!