T+A Dialogue: Princeton Laptop Orchestra

T+A Dialogue: Princeton Laptop Orchestra – 1/31/2007

This special “Technology and the Arts Dialogue” podcast features our full interview with Perry Cook and Ge Wang from the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. File size: 11.2 MB; Time: 49:00.


A message to our listeners and readers

If you had been to our iTunes Store podcast page in the past week or so, you would have noticed our first podcast (Dec. 13, 2006) was no longer available there.

Well, that’s because the FeedBurner feed we were using for the content of the entire blog became too large and that post had been dropped from the feed.

However, as of late last night, that is no longer the case. The FeedBurner feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/techarts) is now just a feed to our podcast posts. So if you use that feed just to subscribe to our podcast, you should be fine and not need to make any adjustments.

But if you had used that feed to read our entire blog, you may want to update your settings so that you use the feed generated by WordPress itself at https://techarts.wordpress.com/feed.

In another effort to decrease the size of our podcast feed, each podcast post has been split in two. One post contains the link to the MP3 file along with bare bones information about that particular podcast; the other–the “show notes” post–contains more detailed information, images and other links.

Also, if you are just looking for the posts with the podcasts, just click on the link for “podcast” under the Categories menu to your right. The “podcast” tag is only used on posts containing the “Technology and the Arts” podcast. Any post that talks about other podcasts or podcasting in general will include the “podcasting” tag.

Thank you for your understanding…and please continue to enjoy Technology and the Arts.

Technology and the Arts’ first press clipping!

Posted by: Brian

Thanks to our good friend Alan Goldsmith from the Montgomery Center for the Arts in Skillman, N.J., “Technology and the Arts” received a mention in the January 24 issue of U.S. 1 weekly newspaper.

U.S. 1 did a story on Alan’s workshop at the MCA, which–thanks to Alan–mentions our blog.

How Do You Look at a Painting

`Science as Muse: Eight Artistic Riffs on Science and Technology,” on view at the Montgomery Center for the Arts through Sunday, February 4, boasts two unusual elements. The exhibit not only brings together New Jersey and New York artists who have been heavily influenced by scientific knowledge and innovation throughout their careers, but is also serving as a laboratory to explore new ways of experiencing art. Printed instructions encourage visitors to try self-directed, unobtrusive, centering, and sensory awareness exercises (some work specific and others not) designed to offer a fuller, deeper connection with the works on display.

According to a press statement, “the idea – drawn from the arts, psychology, and contemplative practices – is to drop habitual ways of seeing and see things afresh: as viewers bring more of themselves to the art, more of the art is revealed. A feedback loop is created that evokes further discovery and appreciation.”

On Saturday, January 27, Alan Goldsmith, one of the featured artists, will present a workshop on these “new ways of experiencing art,” and visitors on any day can take advantage of the suggestions in a print-out provided at the gallery…

And then a few paragraphs later…

…The gallery also recommends a new blog devoted to technology and the arts, techarts.wordpress.com, which features podcast interviews with four of the participating artists, Sally Davidson, Alan Goldsmith, Susan Kaprov. and Patricia Lay.

Thank you, Alan…again.

“Opening to Art” at Montgomery Center for the Arts

Posted by: Brian

Our good friends at the Montgomery Center for the Arts are hosting an event called “Opening to Art” this Saturday, January 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program is described on the MCA Web site as an “experiential workshop exploring new ways to enjoy art.”

Tuition for this workshop is free, but advance registration is required.

“All too often,”  explains workshop leader and artist, Alan Goldsmith, “we experience art with only our  minds and critical faculties. These exercises—drawn from the theater, psychology, and  contemplative practice—open us up so that we bring more of ourselves to the art. As that  happens, more of the art reveals itself to us. A wonderful feedback loop is created that  allows for a richer, deeper experience than we might normally have.”

To register for “Opening to Art,” call 609-921-3272. For more detailed information about the workshop itself, please call Alan Goldsmith at 609-924-5584.

Download the “Opening to Art” PDF.

(T+A #3) Technology and the Arts: 1/24/2007

(T+A #3) Technology and the Arts: 1/24/2007

Perry Cook and Ge Wang from the Princeton Laptop Orchestra are interviewed. Rider University’s Faculty Development Week and Decoder Ring Theatre are discussed. File size: 43.1 MB. Time: 59 min., 50 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney.

Show Notes for Technology & the Arts Podcast #3

PLOrk rehearsalIn our latest podcast, Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) co-founders Perry Cook and Ge Wang are interviewed. Decoder Ring Theatre and highlights from Rider University’s Faculty Development Week 2007 are also featured. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 43.1 MB. Time: 59 min., 50 sec.

Permission to use a portion of “The Red Panda Adventures No. 2: Night Patrol” was granted by Gregg Taylor on behalf of Decoder Ring Theatre.

Permission to use a portion of “Take it for Granite” was granted by Perry Cook and Ge Wang on behalf of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra.

Links related to this episode:

(Photo courtesy of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra.)

A constitution in the digital world, the digital freedom campaign – Perspectives

Posted by: Brian

The following was written by Colin Loretz for The Nevada Sagebrush, the student newspaper of the University of Nevada, Reno…

A constitution in the digital world, the digital freedom campaign – Perspectives

It is your right to be able to take advantage of the newest emerging technologies that are designed to help you innovate and create new things. These issues have been brought before Congress by corporate lobbyists who describe the problem as a battle between artists and pirates, when it is really a matter of consumers and their First Amendment rights of speech and creative expression.

The Digital Freedom campaign has been established to target legislation and lawsuits designed to place restrictions and impose excessive fees on technologies that allow individuals to enjoy lawfully obtained media content. The campaign is composed of more than a dozen organizations, film producers, independent recording artists and electronics and computer manufacturers who seek to educate artists, parents, students and other consumers about the legislation that threaten to revoke individuals’ rights to use digital technology…

Visit www.digitalfreedom.org for more information.

Wired News: Make Beautiful Brain Music

This wired article discusses what might happen if PLOrk decided to give up the keyboard interface with their laptops, and plug directly in!

Wired News: Make Beautiful Brain Music
Move over, woodwind and strings — in the future, the ultimate musical instrument could be the human brain.

Artist Luciana Haill uses medical electroencephalogram, or EEG, monitors embedded in a Bluetooth-enabled sweatband to record the activity of her frontal lobes, then beams the data to a computer that plays it back as song.

Now Haill is taking her gig on the road, joining 30 experimental artists this week to showcase creative and wacky new audio technologies on the Future of Sound tour of England. Audience members will be asked to don the electrodes so they can jointly think up a harmony.

“The brain operates in the same units sound waves are measured in — hertz,” said Haill. “You’re getting raw data from the prefrontal cortex but feeding it through software — a little bit from the left hemisphere and a little bit from the right.”

Decoder Ring Theatre

Decoder Ring TheatrePosted by: Brian

If you are a fan of old time radio shows like I am, I strongly encourage you to check out Decoder Ring Theatre.

The Toronto-based Decoder Ring Theatre is the brainchild of Gregg Taylor and offers two different programs, “The Red Panda Adventures” and “Black Jack Justice.”

“The Red Panda Adventures,” inspired by the likes of The Shadow, The Green Hornet and The Batman, chronicles the exploits of The Red Panda, “Canada’s greatest superhero,” and his female sidekick, The Flying Squirrel, as they fight crime in 1930s Toronto.

Meanwhile, “Black Jack Justice” features the hard-boiled detective duo of Jack Justice and Trixie Dixon in a show that harkens back to the old-time radio adventures of gumshoes Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe.

These are well-written, well-acted shows and you should really give them a try.

We’ll be discussing Decoder Ring Theatre in the next “Technology and the Arts” podcast, which will also include a 5 1/2-minute excerpt from an episode of “The Red Panda Adventures.”

Plus, Gregg Taylor will be a guest on our podcast in a few weeks, and I am greatly looking forward to that.

Light in Winter Festival in Ithaca, N.Y., Jan. 26-28

Posted by: Brian

I was listening to the great WXPN 88.5 FM this afternoon and caught the tail end of a spot promoting the following event…it’s too late for us to include anything but a plug for this in the next podcast, but I would really like to go to next year’s festival and provide some in-depth coverage of it…

Light in Winter
01/26/2007 – 01/28/2007
Several locations in Tompkins County, New York
Ithaca, N.Y.
Web site: http://www.LightinWinter.com

The festival celebrates the fusion of music, art, and science with programs appropriate for ages 12 and up. Performances will be held at the historic State Theatre, Cornell and Ithaca College campuses and will feature international performers. Tickets are now on sale at the Ticket Center at Clinton House, 607-273-4497 or 800-284-8422. Many related activities are offered for all ages throughout the weekend along Ithaca’s Discovery Trail, at the Kitchen Theatre, and Solá and State of the Art galleries. Hotel and ticket packages available at www.GetawayNewYork.com.