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Ximena Alarcón : Research visit and artist talk



The artist and researcher Ximena Alarcón from CRISAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice) visits BEK in week 7. Friday February 19 she will give an artist talk, presenting her artistic practise, and also discuss her ongoing work on ‘Sound Matters: a framework for the creative use and re-use of sound’.

For the remaining of the week she will be working with me on how to create interfaces for accessing archives of sound, such as archives of field or speech recordings. Together they will explore the possibility of utilising Jamoma for this, in preparation for further research relating to the “Sound Matters” framework.


Ximena Alarcón is an artist who engages in listening to migratory spaces, connecting this to individual and collective memories. Her practice involves deep listening, sonic improvisation, and the creation of screen-based interfaces for relational listening that expand our sense of belonging and place. She is interested in creating telematic performances, derived from listening in interstitial spaces, such as dreams, underground transportation, and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration. She completed a PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation, from De Montfort University, and received a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009, which led to the creation of ‘Sounding Underground’. She gained a Deep Listening Teaching Certificate in 2012, and is currently a tutor for the Deep Listening Training Program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Since 2011 she has been Research Fellow at Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP), based at the London College of Communication, where she has developed ‘Networked Migrations’. In 2015 she launched with Cathy Lane the first stage of a JISC funded project ‘Sound Matters: a framework for the creative use and re-use of sound’, which explores the creation of interfaces for interrogation and relational playback of Field Recordings and Speech.

Her visit to BEK is funded by an Erasmus grant.

Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper - Links to download


Unfortunately the Ambisonic Toolkit website has been down for several weeks. This is due to server problems that have turned out to be hard to resolve. Hopefully it will be fixed in the not to far future.

In the meantime, direct links to the latest version (1.0.0.b6) can be found here:


The Sound and Sculpture Conference


The University of Huddersfield has an open call out for a two day conference on sound and sculpture May 27th & 28th 2016.

Music Moves: Free online course



The fourMs lab at the University of Oslo is now offering the free online course Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move?.

At the end of the promo video, some Jamoma modules can be spotted.

Creating QuickTime movies with surround sound


For both of my two recent installations, at Heimdal kunstforening (opened last Saturday) and Vestlandsutstillingen (opens tomorrow), I use surround sound synced to videos.

Initially I was looking into possibilities for using BluRay for playback, but it turned out that BluRay authoring is difficult, expensive, and with tight deadlines possibly risky, in particular when going beyond 5.1 surround. Authoring 7.1 surround would require the rather expensive DTS-HD Master Audio Suite for lossless encoding of audio, as well as the discontinued Adobe Encore program, and then it might be psosible to do — or not.

Instead I ended up using Mac minis for playback. It turns out that QuickTime supports surround sound with up to 24 channels. I did a bit of googling to figure out how to do this, and it seems to work out well. In the above screencast I show how to go about making a video with 6 channels (L – R – SL – SR – SBLSBR), and set up OSX to play them back properly.

Thanks to Gisle Tveito for getting me on the right track!


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