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In The MixSaturday, May 11th, 2013
Are you In The Mix?
Are you a sound hacker, audio producer, or developer who’s keen to play with Manchester’s richest auditory dataset? Will your hack win one of our exclusive prizes?
Manchester has some fantastic museums and galleries; from Manchester Museum to the Whitworth Gallery – but also including the iconic Jodrell Bank and John Rylands Library. The collections are not just about storing historical artefacts; did you know Delia Derbyshire’s archive is part of the University of Manchester’s collection?)
What is In The Mix Hack Weekend?
In The Mix is a project exploring the auditory layers of Manchester’s galleries – from the content of the collections to the auditory experiences around them, and the intrinsic sounds of items and the spaces themselves. What can we do with these materials when we tie them together with modern technologies and platforms? Can we use this rich mix of materials to create new soundscapes, new ways of experiencing the museums, new ways of visiting and understanding culture through sound?
Huw Bunford (Super Furry Animals) and Naomi Kashiwagi (Manchester Museums) have already been diving into the collections and mixing things up. The spirit of proto-sound-hacker Delia Derbyshire has been infusing the project with historical sounds of the future.
We want to break this out more, though. What happens when we make interactive soundscapes, tying in reactive sound with location based and environmental cues? Can we make a score for the Museums which changes based on how people are visiting and experiencing the collections? Can we create web-based audio games and players which tie together visitors from different locations to create an emergent composition broadcast? What does InfiniteGangnamStyle sound like for Jodrell Bank? How can we swingify the mummies?
What are we using?
Come along to the In The Mix weekend. We’ll be hacking on a number of tools
Though, of course, you’re welcome to bring your own.
On Friday night from 7pm we’ll be hosting a social, introducing participants to each other through the medium of liquids and finding partners who may want to work with each other, as well as looking at what the museum has to offer and some interesting work in this space.
We’ll be running tutorial sessions and workshops with some of these toolkits on Saturday morning from 10, and we’ll have mini unconference happening throughout the rest of the day if you’re looking to pick up skills and ideas from other people.
On Sunday is a chance to finish off your hacks to submit for the awards, which will be awarded by popular vote on Sunday afternoon.
If you’ve read this far, you’ll be happy to hear we’ll have food, drinks and engineering lubricants available throughout the weekend. Yes, you deserve it.
CIC UpdateThursday, May 2nd, 2013
We talked about the benefits that being a CIC would bring – including formalising our existing informal structure, how being a CIC would make it easier for community groups and members to further develop their careers and access grants and funds as well as putting in place an ‘assets lock’ meaning that assets and profits are dedicated to the community.
Mitch Altman Workshop & Ye Olde Hack Day Review.Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
TV-B-Gone soldered circuit boards and decapitated doll’s head automata. Some may call this mischievous, but here at MadLab we call it creative inventive FUN!
The weekend of the 2rd May saw MadLab host three innovative tutors who travelled from as far as sunny America to ‘sunny’ Manchester to lead workshops in soldering and automata creation, Victorian style! Both events were highly attended and culminated with a collection of extremely happy participants, and a rather messy MadLab!
EcoHome Lab – launch and build workshop reportTuesday, April 23rd, 2013
EcoHome Lab launched this weekend (19th/20th April 2013) with two fascinating and involving events taking place at MadLab in Manchester. These sessions were part of Carbon Co-op‘s new project to assist householders in taking greater control of their homes through use of open source tools.
The weekend started on Friday evening with Matt Fawcett of Carbon Co-op and Trystan Lea of OpenEnergyMonitors running an introductory workshop on the use of the Arduino platform – a really simple programming environment that enables participants to control bits of technology and kit such as the OpenEnergyMonitors.
This session was followed by a short launch to the project with presentations from Matt and Trystan on the potential of open source technologies and OpenEnergyMontiors in particular, and from Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op and Eleni Kalkantzi of URBED Co-op, on the potential for these tools to empower householders and provide new methodologies for household energy and retrofit assessment.