Music/KISS2017

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1 KISS 2017 - event programme[edit]

Complete official programme with official map here: http://kiss2017.symbolicsound.com/complete-program/

An unofficial event calendar is available here:

(Please let me know if there's any discrepancies with the official programme.)

You can either view the html (obviously), which will also let you add the calendar to your Google calendar. Alternatively you can subscribe to the iCal feed.

In case you need an incentive to subscribe to the feed, see this image:

KISS2017 calendar.png

See File:KISS2017_calendar.png for large version.


2 Finding your way around in Oslo[edit]

(Slightly modified) Google My Maps, showing key places: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kx2K6Mg-ckPx_hgcMCBSX66iKLU. The map is a copy of the official Google mymaps on the KISS site, I.e. my personal version; ask for edit access if you want to contribute.

2.1 Getting a printed atlas[edit]

A PDF file for an atlas of Oslo (made with OpenStreetMap and Inkatlas) is here: [1] (26 MB, colour). It shows the centre of Oslo, together with the venues.

A bw version is here: [2] (10 MB, bw). The venues are shown in red, and you may have to highlight them on paper if you print this.

2.2 Using maps on your mobile (without using data)[edit]

If you don't have European Roam Like Home (visitors from non-european countries), or you have limited data on your phone:

  • maps.me: If you want to be sure to have the maps for Oslo/Norway, install maps.me (Android and iOS; from this link: https://www.maps.me/download/ or search in your app store). Then download the map for Oslo/Norway before you go.
  • Offline area in Google Maps: Alternatively you may want to offline Oslo in your Google Maps application.

2.2.1 Maps.Me - how to overlay locations of events and lodging[edit]

If you have maps.me, I'd recommend overlaying the locations of events and lodging. Here's how you do it. Ideally on your phone, just download the kml file KISS2017 Oslo.kml (info). E.g. hold link, new tab, open in, maps.me. Hopefully in that way maps.me will offer to open the file for you, and add them as bookmarks (in maps.me). If you've got difficulty opening the file in maps.me, you may have to email it to yourself first; and do read this page:

Once the file has been imported into maps.me: You'll see little pins on the map in Oslo. (An alternative method for import is described at the end of this page.)

In case you need GPX (for another purpose): A GPX file is also available here: [3].

If you're in Google maps, you'll need to locate the venues and star them manually.

3 More travel tips[edit]

3.1 Getting to Oslo[edit]

Finding your way to Oslo is described here: http://kiss2017.symbolicsound.com/travel-lodging/, also see Google Maps.

3.2 Using your European mobile with European Roaming[edit]

Norway is part of the European Roaming agreement. If you have a European SIM, and have European Roam Like Home, you'll be able to make calls/text and use data as per your contract, see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_roaming_regulations. You should receive an SMS message advising you of this when you enter Norway.

4 Our contributions to KISS2017[edit]

4.1 Our performance: RunningSong, Alan McNeil Jackson with Bjoern Hassler and Thomas Daley[edit]

FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER 2017, 18:00, Salen IMV

RunningSong is an experiment in augmenting the physical act of running with sound. It is a digital re-imagination of Aboriginal “SongLines” and is the sonification of the geospatial data of a run path. The performance creates a random trail for a runner through the streets of Oslo. The live position and speed of the runner interacts with the performers to create a real-time audio representation of the route. The principles behind the performance can be used as part of a fitness training program that carefully manages distance to prevent over-training injuries while encouraging spontaneity, exploration and a sense of joyous freedom.

At the start of the performance the RunningSong system produces a random 2km path through the streets of Oslo starting and finishing at the performance venue. A performer in running clothes will set out to run the route and send a live video feed and telemetry data back to the venue. The projection of a map at the venue will show the audience and the on-stage performers the current location of the runner. As the runner enters a road, the performers will improvise a musical rendering for that section of the journey based on the rhythm described by the angle of the subsequent turn. The tempo is set by the live cadence data (steps per minute) from the runner.

At the centre of the performance would be an instrument I have created – an electric bullroarer which is a re-imagining of the ancient aboriginal instrument that traditionally comprises of a piece of wood swung on a string. In the electric bullroarer, a speaker is secured at the end of the string and a piezo microphone element picks up the vibrations created by the speaker over the string. As the speaker is swung around the head of the performer the tension in the string increases and a feedback loop is created. Kyma is used inside this loop to condition the piezo signal and inject other sound sources.

The on-stage ensemble will comprise the electric bullroarer player, a woodwind player and modular synth player.

Kyma is central to the performance by providing the rhythmic backbone through interpreting and sonifying real-time angular mapping data. Kyma also provides spatial processing of the live instruments injecting the signal into the feedback loop of the electric bullroarer at the appropriate point in its swing and positioning the instruments within a quadraphonic sound field.

4.2 Our talk: Running with Kyma: How to sonify geospatial data in real-time, Alan McNeil Jackson with Bjoern Hassler and Thomas Daley[edit]

SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017, 12:00, NMH

RunningSong is an experiment in augmenting the physical act of running with sound. It is a digital re-imagination of Aboriginal “SongLines” and is the sonification of the geospatial data of a run path. The performance creates a random trail for a runner through the streets of Oslo. The live position and speed of the runner interacts with the performers to create a real-time audio representation of the route. The principles behind the performance can be used as part of a fitness training program that carefully manages distance to prevent over-training injuries while encouraging spontaneity, exploration and a sense of joyous freedom.

At the start of the performance the RunningSong system produces a random 2km path through the streets of Oslo starting and finishing at the performance venue. A performer in running clothes will set out to run the route and send a live video feed and telemetry data back to the venue. The projection of a map at the venue will show the audience and the on-stage performers the current location of the runner. As the runner enters a road, the performers will improvise a musical rendering for that section of the journey based on the rhythm described by the angle of the subsequent turn. The tempo is set by the live cadence data (steps per minute) from the runner.

At the centre of the performance would be an instrument I have created – an electric bullroarer which is a re-imagining of the ancient aboriginal instrument that traditionally comprises of a piece of wood swung on a string. In the electric bullroarer, a speaker is secured at the end of the string and a piezo microphone element picks up the vibrations created by the speaker over the string. As the speaker is swung around the head of the performer the tension in the string increases and a feedback loop is created. Kyma is used inside this loop to condition the piezo signal and inject other sound sources.

The on-stage ensemble will comprise the electric bullroarer player, a woodwind player and modular synth player.

Kyma is central to the performance by providing the rhythmic backbone through interpreting and sonifying real-time angular mapping data. Kyma also provides spatial processing of the live instruments injecting the signal into the feedback loop of the electric bullroarer at the appropriate point in its swing and positioning the instruments within a quadraphonic sound field.

5 Some more tech stuff for completeness[edit]

5.1 General method for loading google mymaps data into maps.me[edit]

The general procedure for loading google mymaps data into maps.me is as follows:

Google My Maps downloads as kml.png

  • Transfer the kml your phone, and open in maps.me (c.f. [4])