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[OT] OSHUG 63 - Collaborative music making, ultra-low latency audio and sensor processing

Event #63 - Collaborative music making, ultra-low latency audio and
sensor processing.

On the 18 January 2018, 18:00 - 21:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.

We start the new year with an event on the theme of open source musical
software and hardware.

- Bela, an embedded platform for ultra-low latency audio and sensor

Bela started off as a research project at Centre For Digital Music
(Queen Mary University of London) and is now a commercial product,
mainly aimed at makers, programmers and researchers that work with
audio. The platform is based on a BeagleBone Black with a custom
expansion cape and a dedicated software environment. The board runs
Debian Linux with Xenomai as a real-time co-kernel. The combined use of
Xenomai and the BeagleBone Black's on-board PRU microcontroller allows
to achieve sub-millisecond latency for audio and sensor processing,
while node.js is used to provide a user-friendly web-based IDE. The
project is entirely open source, hardware and software.

* Giulio Moro is a PhD student in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen
Mary University of London. A sound engineer by training, he is now
researching in the field of performer-instrument interaction. He is one
of the inventors and core developers of Bela.

- Female Laptop Orchestra: exploring geographical, cultural, technical
and artistic challenges of collaborative music making

As a collective of female musicians, artists, engineers, computer
scientists and researchers, Female Laptop Orchestra has been pushing the
boundaries of technology and cross-cultural co-located and distributed
collaborative music making since 2014. Besides musical instruments, we
use a variety of open source and commercial tools to create music,
stream music and connect with our audience during the performance. We
often collaborate with classical composers and ensembles, filmmakers,
visual designers, choreographers and dancers. Recently, we also
collaborated with members of Women in Music Technology (a student
organization whose goal is to encouraging more women to join the music
tech field of study and highlight the often unsung role of women in
music technology, based at Georgia Tech Centre for Music Technology in
US) and Sonora (a collaborative network bringing together artists and
researchers interested in feminist manifestations in the context of the
arts, based in Brazil).

* Nela Brown is a sound artist, technologist, researcher and educator.
In the past decade, she composed music and designed sound for
award-winning projects including theatre performances, dance, mobile,
film, documentaries and interactive installations. She is the founder of
the Female Laptop Orchestra (FLO), an eclectic group of female musicians
and technologists exploring co-located and distributed collaborative
music making within different contexts and across different geographical
locations. As a creative director of FLO since 2014, Nela co-ordinated 7
national and international FLO performances involving 36 collaborators
from 21 different countries.

- Talk #3 TBA

Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.

Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 11:30 pm. No
more bookings will be taken after this date. For overseas delegates who
wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation

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