Alex Nowitz

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Alex Nowitz http://cec.concordia.ca/econtact/10_4/nowitz_voicelive.html

Alex works with junXion, LiSa and two wii controllers. He got into this wanting to make something that made musical sense to him. But first he had to go the ordinary way of assigning functions to buttons. He explained how each button on the wii is mapped and configured.

After some trouble with the demo-gods, he showed his setup. He is using the setup to record his voice, extending it and working with it. He also works with prerecorded sound files. From the little snippets of performance he showed us I saw reminders to MIchel’s performances too. I am hoping to see more on Thursday.




Jamboree Opening Event - Monday

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Anticipation leading up to the gathering

A real sense of anticipation for this Jamboree. I had had a very apprehensive feeling walking from the Metro to STEIM on my last visit back in November, my first time back since Michel’s passing. It was enormously reassuring to see the place well, and just keepin’ on going. Then the news that financial support had been reinstated was a joy of relief. The Jamboree affirms this continued livelihood and liveliness of the place, and the community.

I rushed up on an early train Monday to be able to work w/ Jorgen to finish my instrument, and as I worked away in the workshop, the afternoon leading up to the first session was a wonderful reunion. David Z walked in, first visit to STEIM, went out for lunch w/ Frank and Taku. Then there was Dan Overholt in the software room, tinkering around w/ his new touch-joystick instrument. As if he had never gone away. Then I turhed around and Sukandar had walked in -

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Video: Frank Balde junXion 4 demo

Monday, December 8th, 2008


Frank Balde (STEIM Software Designer) from STEIM Amsterdam.




Frank Baldé - junXion v4 kickoff

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Taku, STEIM’s artistic director and curator for most of the Jamboree events, welcomes the audience and guests, mentions the rough year STEIM has gone through, and the fact that STEIM will continue. He presents Dick Rijken as the new director, who talks a bit about Michel’s passing and his new role.

Then it’s Frank’s turn. He starts with an introduction on the hardware development at STEIM, from the Sensorlab to the junXionboard. Dan Overholt helped developing this sensorinterface. The idea arised that the software to support the HID USB interface should be more powerful than the small little utility we had then. Also, the Sensorlab code was very much a programming language, while most musicians don’t want to become a programmer, and Frank ended up writing all the setups, making the musician dependent on STEIM for their setup updates. So junXion should be userfriendly, no scripting language. But powerful.

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