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'The Iron Ring' by Cecilia Jonsson


V2_ presents an e-book about the art project ‘The Iron Ring’ by Cecilia Jonsson. With an extensive visual essay reporting on the seven chronological steps that were required to create an iron ring out of 24kg of grass harvested from the acidic river banks of a landscape in Spain severely transformed by opencast mining, and a text discussing the project from an environmental-philosophical perspective.



International Conference on Multimodal Experience of Music (deadline approaching)


Call for papers: International Conference on the Multimodal Experience of Music

ICMEM, 23-25 March 2015

In live and virtual situations, music listening and performing are multimodal experiences: Sounds may be experienced tactically, music evokes visual images or is accompanied by visual presentations, and both generate vivid cross-modal associations in terms of force, size, physical location, fluency and regularity, among others.

ICMEM aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines who investigate the multimodality of musical experiences from different perspectives. Disciplines may include among others audiology, cognition, computer science, ethnomusicology, music performance and theory, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology.

Proposals are invited for papers, symposia, demonstrations and posters. Investigations may include but are not necessarily confined to the following areas

  • Multimodal experiences of music in everyday life
  • Cross-modal correspondences with musical parameters
  • Influences of visual context on music perception
  • Emotion and cross-modality
  • Tactile, visual, and kinesthetic feedback in music performance
  • Multi-modal interaction in multimedia, including film and games
  • Uses of cross-modality in hearing or visual impaired music listeners
  • Strong and weak synaesthesia
  • Motion and movement perception in music
  • Relations between motion and emotion in music listening
  • Brain-structures related to cross-modal associations with sounds
  • Technological and commercial applications of cross-modal associations
  • Creative and pedagogical uses of cross-modality in music

Invited speakers: Profs. Amir Amedi, Eric Clarke, Nicholas Cook, Charles Spence, and Peter Walker

Dates: 23-25 March 2015
Location: Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, UK
Host: Music, Mind, Machine in Sheffield, Department of Music, University of Sheffield, UK

Submission deadline: 6 October 2014 by e-mail to
Further information:

This conference is supported by ESCOM and SEMPRE, who offer bursaries to student attendees, and by the British Academy.



No booking at BEK this week


Due to our participation at alt_cph the booking of equipment and rooms will e closed from Wed 3. until Thu. 9 Sept.



Seminar om intervenerende kunst


Den 31.august arrangerer Skånes Konstforening et seminar som anbefales. Er du i nærheten-‘anmäl dig’! Skånes konstförening ligger i
Bragegatan 15 i Malmö.



Call for beta testers : Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper



(by Trond Lossius)

Over the past 1 1/2 year I have gradually been porting Ambisonic Toolkit by Joseph Anderson et. al. to a set of JS FX plugins for Reaper. ATK for Reaper consists of a number of plugins for encoding, transforming and decoding FOA sound fields, and contain several functionalities that to the best of my knowledge are not available in existing plugin suites for FOA.

Me and Joseph have been writing a paper on the subject that will be presented as a poster at the upcoming joint ICMC / SMC conference in Athens. I’d like to have an initial release of ATK for Reaper available for download by the time of the conference, but before letting it out in the wild, it would be useful to have some beta-testing in order to ensure that there are no obvious malfunctions, omissions or bad interaction design decisions in the first release. Hence I’m looking for a few beta testers to give some initial feedback on the plugin suite.

I have made an installer for OSX that should make it easy to get up and going. For Windows installing currently will require a bit of manual copying into the correct folders. I have not tested the plugins on Windows myself yet, but as it is all based on the JS FX scripting language, I would expect them to work the same there as on Mac. On Windows it would also be possible to test them with other VST hosts using ReaPlugs.

In particular I’m looking for feedback of the type:

  • “This seems to work well”
  • “This is just not working”
  • “This is just plain wrong”
  • “This is really nice and intuitive”
  • “This is not intuitive at all”
  • “I have a suggestion for an improvement: …”
  • etc.

Initial reactions to the plugins are particular useful, as the first reaction to user interfaces are often quite informative in terms of how the user interaction design works (or not).

If you are (1) a regular user of Reaper, (2) have prior experience with first order ambisonic, and (3) have the interest and some available time over the next two weeks for testing and providing feedback, please contact me. If you have prior experience with ATK for SuperCollider, that would be useful as well. Please also provide me with information on what OS you are using.

And if you have prior experience with building installers for Windows that would be particularly useful, I might need some help when attempting to solve this one.