Yale’s next concert brings your phone into the performance

By Jon Fingas
Engadget
Link: www.engadget.com/2017/09/25/yale-concert-integrates-your-smartphone/

Normally, bringing out your smartphone at a classical concert is a surefire way to get kicked out, or at least receive some disapproving stares from everyone in the room. Not so at the Yale Concert Band’s next performance, though. When it holds its season-opening concert on October 6th, it’ll want you to keep your phone out for a key segment. The band is performing Cody Brookshire’s “Honeycomb,” which uses any web-capable mobile device as part of the performance — what you see on stage is just one part of a much larger show.

The piece uses SynkroTakt technology to synchronize 32 audio tracks between your phone and the band’s performance with virtually flawless timing. When there’s a call-and-response section, for instance, the audience’s phones will play their part in harmony. It’s effectively adding hundreds of speakers (SynkroTakt can handle 250 or more devices) throughout the concert hall.

This isn’t a one-off use. Brookshire has been performing “Honeycomb” elsewhere, and SynkroTakt is useful for just about anywhere that synced audio could add a dramatic effect, such as TV shows and art installations. Just think of Yale’s performance as exposing this invention to a wider audience.

Cody Brookshire, Richard Saney, Nick Saney, and Jake Reeves were awarded a 2015 ICE Mini-Grant to create technology allowing for the synchronized streaming of different audio tracks to web-enabled devices for immersive live music. For more information visit www.SynkroTakt.com.

Arts + Environment Project Ideas Session

Arts + Environment Project Ideas Session
Wednesday, October 4 at Noon
Lamar Dodd Room S160

An open session to learn about arts + environment project funding opportunities at UGA. Kevin Kirsche and Tyra Byers from the Office of Sustainability and Michael Marshall from the Lamar Dodd School of Art will be available to answer questions about Campus Sustainability Grants and the new Social Ecology Studio Project Pilot Grants. Get feedback on project ideas, meet potential collaborators, and learn more about available resources.

Heather McIntosh at UGA

Heather McIntosh
Wednesday, October 4 at 1:25 PM
Hugh Hodgson School of Music Room 264

www.heathermcintosh.com

Composer Heather McIntosh will share work from recent film and concert projects as a guest speaker at the UGA Dancz Center for New Music.

ICE Honorary Fellow Heather McIntosh (BMUS 2000) is a musician and composer of music for film and video. She created music for Examined Life, Compliance, The Rambler, Faults, Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, and Z for Zachariah. Known as the house cellist for the Elephant 6 Collective and leader of The Instruments, she has played with of Montreal, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Music Tapes, Gerbils, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Apples in Stereo, Great Lakes, The Ladybug Transistor, Linda Perhacs, Kevin Ayers of the Soft Machine, Faust, Animal Collective, Cat Power, Superchunk, M Ward, The Clientele, St. Vincent, Azure Ray, Icy Demons, Japancakes, Bright Eyes, Washed Out, Dr. Dog, Norah Jones, Belle and Sebastian, Pacific UV, St. Vincent Gnarls Barkley, and Lil Wayne.

ICE Conversation: Computation, Fascination, and Interaction

ICE Conversation: Computation, Fascination, and Interaction
Wednesday, September 20 at Noon
Lamar Dodd Room S160

In a world surrounded by data, what are the ways in which computational thinking and artistic thinking can meaningfully intersect? Connor Trotter (Computer Science and Art) will share his CURO Summer Research Fellowship examination of various convergences of art and technology and make the case for programmers as artists, and artists as programmers.

Reading Room: Recalculating the Formula for Success

Recalculating the Formula for Success: Public Arts Funders and United Arts Funds Reshape Strategies for the Twenty-First Century

Through interviews with sixteen leaders of public arts funders and united arts funds, Recalculating the Formula for Success: Public Arts Funders and United Arts Funds Reshape Strategies for the Twenty-First Century documents the new ways that these funders are approaching their work, rethinking longtime practices, and adapting to changing environments.

Source: Grantmakers in the Arts
www.giarts.org/article/recalculating-formula-success

Idea Lab Mini Grants Call for Proposals

Idea Lab Mini Grants Call for Proposals
Deadline: Thursday, October 26

Idea Lab is a UGA student organization committed to providing an open, interdisciplinary platform for engagement in arts. UGA students from all disciplines are invited to apply for funding up to $500 to support new creative and collaborative projects. Special consideration will be given to projects with themes about, by, or for marginalized populations.

Grant proposals should be sent via email to:
ice@ideasforcreativeexploration.com

Please include the following information:

– Title and brief description of proposed project (500 word maximum)
– List of project participants (include title or majors and role in project)
– Name of lead applicant (include major and year of study)
– Project outcomes
– Itemized budget

Selection Criteria:

– Creative merit
– Extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity
– Feasibility

Lead applicant must be a UGA student. Collaborative teams may include students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Deadline for grant proposals is Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5 PM.

The Idea Lab Mini Grant Program is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. ICE is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School.