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BEK visit – Collaboration

Inspired in the Jamoma framework I visited the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts – BEK in Bergen – Norway, with the support of Erasmus staff exchange at the University of the Arts London. I received the collaboration from Trond Lossius, and we worked together envisioning possibilities for the creation of interfaces to access to archives of field recordings and speech, and work creatively with them. I had the opportunity to understand more the Jamoma platform, and we shared and clarified conceptual and technical frameworks for the use of sound recordings that reside on Internet-based archives, exploring also their accessibility. We started a prototype using Jamoma and Freesound API, and will engage in collaborations which will allow us to continue with the prototype and explore interfaces for Relational Listening.

Also I offered a talk about my artwork and received nourishing feedback from students and artists from diverse disciplines at Bergen. Comments around the patterns of working with time and technologies, and the issues of privacy involved in my different works, were food for thought.

Many thanks to Trond Lossius and Lars Ove for such a warm and engaging visit at BEK!

Here there is a link to the blog post in BEK’s blog of my visit



Results and creating a network of collaborators

Sound Matters project and our pitch in JISC second Sandpit at the Imperial College of London received a wonderful review by Angus Whyte on the Digital Curation Centre blog. Here we are posting the fragments when he refers to the project Sound Matters:

“The Sound Matters project grabbed my attention for the way it has developed its framework for archiving and reusing sound recordings. It’s aim is to facilitate “interrogation and relational playback of sound in its own terms”, as described on the project blog. The focus is on humanities researchers who use fieldwork to gather sounds and speech.

The project started with a straightforward and elegant model for understanding these researchers’ interactions with archived recordings. What really impressed me was the effort that has gone into working with this interdisciplinary community to take the framework further. This has ranged from interviews and a co-design event to an online community event, which was publicised through social media and used ‘virtual board’ to capture comments on the framework. This then fed into a co-design event.  There’s a lovely video here with a foretaste of prototypes to come if, as I hope, they get further support. Maybe there’s something about the medium conveying the message in a more interesting way, or maybe it’s the embedding of a remix and reuse culture in this discipline. Whatever the key ingredients, this project seems to me to effortlessly make the case for putting RDM support in the hands of researchers who really understand what it takes to make their work reusable. ”

Later on his post he states:

“Personally I was interested in how much genuine co-design has been carried out, and would be going forward. To what extent are the teams using any process to “empower, encourage, and guide users to develop solutions for themselves” (1). The overviews on day one gave a little more indication of that than the pitches. So I didn’t find it particularly easy to tell, but if I was dishing out prizes (and excluding projects with any DCC involvement) four projects stood out as having engaged most with their prospective users and stakeholders;

  • Sound Matters
  • Enabling Complex Analysis
  • Unlocking Thesis Data
  • Integrated RDM for Small and Specialist Institutions”

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We are grateful with this positive review of our work. Although this time JISC didn’t fund our second stage, we are pleased with the first stage of the project and the work that has been developed. We are listening to the funding environment and keep moving forward and revising our goals for more opportunities to come.

We are opening an email list and inviting all the collaborators to be part of our network. We had a very intense time of discussion and collaboration that would like to continue!

Here you can download a full report of the first stage of the project:

We are also part of the reading list of Research Data Spring JISC funded projects:

Thanks to all collaborators for the hard work!

Sound Matters Team

Sandpit 2 JISC

Sandpit 2 JISC

Sandpit 2 JISC, Imperial College London, July 14th 2015

Sound Matters applied today for funding the Phase 2 of the project. If the bid is successful, we expect to develop a prototype connecting the latest grassroots technologies for the processes of Relational Playback and Interrogation in the framework, according to specifications that will be created by the Sound Matters community together with developers.

We want to have a listening-led environment with a friendly and free modular system that enables researchers working creatively with field recordings and speech to create listening experiences for a diversity of audiences and render these experiences in a diversity of interfaces.

Details of this and other projects funded by JISC are being published on the new wiki page of Research Data Spring:

Wiki for Sound Matters

Wiki for all projects

Fingers crossed!

JISC Funded Project!


We are delighted to say that after a rigorous journey through a voting system and a 2 day sandpit and pitching marathon (led by Ximena Alarcon and supported by Cathy Lane) CRiSAP has been awarded funding from JISC  as the first phase of funding towards the development of the project SOUND MATTERS: A FRAMEWORK FOR THE CREATIVE USE AND RE-USE OF SOUND.

We are inviting interdisciplinary scholars and artists who work specifically with Field Recordings and Speech, to share their experiences of their research and creative process, specifically when interrogating the sound material, and to practice relational listening (listening to many sounds at once as a form of creation and analysis). During April we are interviewing a number of leaders in the area of Field Recording and Speech; in the month of May we will invite many other scholars, students, and artists, to an online discussion to offer their views about selected issues of working with sound; in June, we will run a Co-Design workshop to bring together an ideal framework.

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