Light tags – Interactive paper
Paper has been with us for many thousands of years and still has properties that we continue to enjoy in the digital age. Rather than replacing paper with e-readers and screen technology, we aim in this project to connect paper to digital information, especially sound.
In a previous research project called Interactive Newsprint we explored the properties of connecting paper to the web through interactive regions which registered human touch and played back associated sound. One of the challenges of the project was in printing these regions and associated electronic components on the paper itself. Light tags is a new printed electronics technology from Surrey University which makes this easier. It has the potential to unlock a number of commercial applications of interactive paper in the print and packaging industry. In this project we aim to create proof of concept demonstrators of the technology, and collect feedback from both end users and industry representatives.
The project runs for 9 months from 1st July 2014 and involves a collaboration between Digital World Research Centre and the Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey. It will be done in partnership with the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating at Swansea University. The project is co-funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) at Surrey University, and an Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) grant to Swansea University. We would also like to acknowledge the role of the EU COST FP1104 network on New opportunities for print media and packaging in facilitating this collaboration.
Com-Note – Composer’s Notebook
The composition of music is a complex, creative and collaborative act. This is currently done with a range of tools including the editing of musical notation, the playing, recording and playback of musical phrases, and their verbal discussion. In this project we will bring these activities together in a single ‘composer’s notebook’ app called Com-Note for a smart phone. This will be based on the trial and extension of an existing multimedia narrative app called Com-Phone, during the creation of a new work by Tom Armstrong for trumpet and string quartet. Com-Phone was created on the Community Generated Media project and is part of the Com-Me toolkit.
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Existing music composition software focuses on mixing entire compositions on a desktop or laptop computer. This shifts the locus of composition to a particular place or machine, and fails to capture the spontaneous, distributed and collaborative nature of composition and its relation to performance. Our approach is mobile, flexible and collaborative by design, and more in the spirit of a sketchbook than a mixing desk. Musical ‘sketches’, inspirations and ideas will be recordable piecemeal on a smartphone, and passed between the composer and performer for mutual consideration, extension and revision.
The project was a collaboration between the University of Surrey, the trumpet player Simon Desbruslais and the Ligeti Quartet. It was funded by the EPSRC MILES programme at Surrey under grant number EP/I000992/1.