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STEIM is organising a Micro Jamboree from Dec 11 - 14, bringing together specialists in the field of sensor systems and their applications. Posts to this blog are managed by STEIM. If you want to add an entry, you can do so by emailing the text to jamboree [at] steim [dot] nl.

Monday, December 11, 2006 - STEIM's LiSa - current and future developments

Today Michel Waisvisz and Frank Baldé will present LiSa XC, the LiSa player that will run LiSa X setups (without the possibility to edit), and that will work as a universal binary on both the PPC and Intel processor in Mac computers. Plans for further development of this player into a full program will be presented in an informal session, where feedback is very welcome.

posted by robert van heumen 23:18  

Remco's Monday

[Blogged by Remco van Bladel -]

There are a lot of topics being mentioned this first day at the jamboree. I think it has no use to give another overview of this afternoon but it was an inspiring day with future Steim issues and off course the future of LiSa. I was surprised to see all the labour and efforts that Frank and Michel already made towards the use of LiSa on the Intel Processor. To create a 'LiSa player' that looked great, ran smooth and fast until Steim is ready to introduce a complete new application.

There were two issues that interested me and I believe this will be one of the main focusses of the upcoming period in de development of the 'future LiSa'. For me 'composing the now' and the new user interface of LiSa share a same interest, which is making design choices.

In 'composing the now' Michel mentioned working with a 'painters palette', which could be filled with samples with metatags. You could create subjective 'palettes' that give the performer more choices. So you would create multiple systems that help a player and give him more time to reflect while he's playing/improvising. Maybe even the interface could react on
these metatags.

In the discussions about the new user interface I was intrigued by the last small 'LiSa sketch' of Frank in which you could design a representation of your physical setup in the new zone assignment window. This representation could be schematic and abstract and help you while editing your setup and could also serve as the 'dashboard' while performing, showing just those things you need. Maybe it could be something like adding functions to your Safari browser window by drag and drop elements into it. Thus Creating your own 'palette'.
All in all I hope that the new direction will be more free of musical metaphors and more 'custom design' to our own likings without giving endless options but with good design choices.

posted by robert van heumen 23:00  

CK Barlow's Monday

[Blogged by CK Barlow]

Michel: Larger group of participants because there's a greater diversity of work going on, and STEIM wanted to represent that. Development has been slowed down by invited projects (this is good and bad, of course). This is probably the last LiSa-centric jamboree, as STEIM broadens work to include other areas.

Michel on What's brewing at STEIM:
Moving away from touch, from direct relationship between body and machine. STEIM has made its point in this arena, and many companies are working in this area, so STEIM should move on.

One main new area is energy. STEIM has toured to many places that don't have reliable energy and can't afford the equipment we take for granted. What's the relationship between energy and how it's generated, and the music? What happens if the energy has to come from the body of the player? Shorter, quieter pieces! Or the musician must ask the audience to help create the energy.

Another topic: Composing the Now. What is improvised, what is composed; studio vs. live; and why does one attract more funding than the other? Boulez: composer will never advance using improvisation because he can't reflect on what he's doing while improvising. Michel argues that computers allow composer to start a process, reflect on it, adjust on it, etc. What if an instrument helped with decision-making? E.g. if sound files had keywords and got loaded in combination based on performance context? So many performers in electronics go on stage and stay in a studio mindset. STEIM is looking for ways to make the most flexible performance environment for live work.

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posted by robert van heumen 21:27  

Preparation and info on the Locus Sonus installation

[Provided by Jerome Joy]

  Opening Audio Streaming installation

  Preparing Audio Streaming installation

posted by robert van heumen 21:11  

Photos: LiSa roundtable

posted by vivotyx 15:55  

LiSa round table

[Blogged by Robert van Heumen]

First question by CK: what about the memory transparency?
Frank: keeping the storage of sound transparent for the user, meaning that the user doesn't have to specify where the samples are stored, whether on disk or in RAM. But he has to do some testing there, to see if this will really work.

Uli: is junXion going to be implemented as part of LiSa?
Frank: probably not junXion is going to be implemented, but its functionality. Or another possibility: just use a junXion configurationfile, more like a junXion player. He sees possibilities for having a matrix-kind of parameter assignment, where a number of different controllers together can be assigned to one process/parameter.

Frank: we're thinking of building a layer on top of LiSa, where you don't see all the details, having more of less a number of presets that work as an 'instrument' (like presets on hardware synths).
Michel: we're always been weary of this, because a lot of people need to get under the hood. But we also need to cater a big group of users that would probably only use the presets, and never get to changing those. Amongst this group are quite a lot of musically interesting people that we also want to support.

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posted by robert van heumen 15:54  

Video: LiSa demo

posted by vivotyx 15:50  

Notes: LiSa futures

[Blogged by Kristina Andersen]

LiSa was started about ten years ago and it has grown and grown. There are parts of the code that is not so useful anymore. For example there are lots of tricks in the old LiSa code that makes the program very fast, this is no longer really necessary and it means that Lisa has a lot of out dated restrictions.

So what were we going to do? LiSa was originally developed in code warrior. We had to switch to x-code, when code warrior stopped support for Apple. So I had to move the whole code base over to xcode and I was immediately confronted with 5-6000 errors. It became clear that it was simply not a good idea to keep layering code onto the old code.

junXion also has a lot of the functionality that is also in LiSa. junXion will not nessesarilly be rolled into LiSa but some of its functionality might be. we thought about a version of LiSa that is simply midi and audio engines. with a simple interface, completely os x ready, with a player available that runs uptimised on the new machines. as it is lisa is too fat and we have to slim it down.

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posted by k 15:49  

Video: Michel's introduction

posted by vivotyx 15:15  

Welcome! - Rough transcript of Michel's introduction

[Blogged by kristina and sniff]

Welcome etc... We want to tell you a little bit about the new developments at here at STEIM. We have a diverse range of new projects to tell you about and it is clear that we in the future will cover much more ground than we have in the past.

In some ways we are moving on from the notion of touch. The direct relationship between the body and the machine is something STEIM has worked on for a long time and we think we have made our point. And we are ready to move on. This does not mean that we have lost interest in the subject, we will continue to support and develop projects that relates to touch, but we have a range of new research subjects that we are ready to start working on.

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posted by k 15:12  

Photos: live blogging

posted by vivotyx 15:10  

We're started!

We have 20 people in the house, for the opening afternoon of the first Micro Jamboree.
Michel is introducing new research ideas, and I see 4 people (including myself) typing away on their laptops. Making notes for entries in this blog...

A little taste:

    Michel talking

    and some more

posted by robert van heumen 14:24  

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Micro Jamboree - Posts per day
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006

Condensed Micro Jamboree program:

Monday Dec 11: LiSa - current and future developments
Tuesday Dec 12: Hardware Meeting - Platforms for connectivity, creativity and community
Wednesday Dec 13: Applications Meeting - Presentations about the practice of using sensor systems

Wednesday Dec 13: Tom Verbruggen, Uli Böttcher & Paul Hubweber, Christine Sehnaoui & Michel Waisvisz
Thursday Dec 14: Taku Mizuta Lippit, Shackle, Atau Tanaka, Joel Ryan & Mazen Kerbaj

Monday Dec 11 - Thursday Dec 14: Locus Sonus & Tom Verbruggen

Full program

STEIM Open Days:
Saturday & Sunday Dec 16 & 17 from 11:00h-18:00h

Simon de Bakker, Frank Baldé, Massimo Banzi, CK Barlow, Uli Böttcher, Lex van den Broek, Emmanuel Flety, Robert van Heumen, Paul Hubweber, Voldemars Johansons, Mazen Kerbaj, Anne LaBerge, Takuro Mizuta Lippit, META (Making Electronic Thingies Amsterdam), Andreas Otto, Dan Overholt, Joel Ryan, Per Samuelsson, Christine Sehnaoui, Peter Sinclair & Locus Sonus (Brett Bhalogh, Nico Bralet, Lydwine Van der Hulst), Andrei Smirnov, Stock, Atau Tanaka, Tom Tlalim, Tom Verbruggen, Michel Waisvisz, Rene Wassenburg...


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