Newsletter February 2002, Issue 52
Published by Sonaris Consulting, Felix Bopp, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

- MPEG-4: Philips MP4Net, Become a MPEG-4 "Expert" in 6 Hours, Overview of the MPEG-4 Standard, Extensible MPEG-4 Textual Format (XMT)
- Worth reading: Babies learn in their sleep
- Extra-Audionary: Soundtrack Express
- Awards: The Canadian New Media Awards, Prix Ars Electronica 2002
- For Musicians: LIVE
- Music Business Angels
- Conferences & Events


MPEG-4 is an ISO/IEC standard developed by MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group). MPEG-4 combines streaming audio, video, and graphics with interactivity. It supports computers, consumer appliances, and mobile devices.
MPEG-4 is an open international standard with multiple suppliers. Standardized technological elements are enabled to integrate the production, distribution and content access paradigms of three fields:

a) Digital television
b) Interactive graphics applications (synthetic content)
c) Interactive multimedia (World Wide Web, distribution of and access to content)

Philips MP4Net
Philips MP4Net offers MPEG-4 products to create and deliver streaming audio, video, and graphics content over today’s Internet as well as emerging broadband and mobile IP networks.

Become a MPEG-4 "Expert" in 6 Hours
Streaming Media, Inc. and the MPEG-4 Industry Forum (M4IF - ) together present a special six-episode series, "MPEG-4 Technology and Applications" on's Hands-On talk show.
Join M4IF president and ISO MPEG Requirements Group Chair Rob Koenen and host Bill Bernat, co-author of Streaming Media Research's MPEG-4: The Impact of the Open Standard on the Future of Digital Media, along with several of the world's leading MPEG-4 experts for an hour each of technical and practical intelligence in the key subject areas of MPEG-4 technology.
All shows are available on-demand for streaming or for (MP3) downloading.

M4IF encourages licensors and their representatives to engage in the discussion with the rest of the MPEG-4 community. "I am confident that licensors, many of them M4IF members, are ready to listen to the arguments before the licensing details are finalized", said Koenen. "This benefits all. Both licensors and licensees want MPEG-4 to succeed, and thus both require reasonable licensing in all markets."

The open discussion list is at
Anyone can subscribe at

Overview of the MPEG-4 Standard

Extensible MPEG-4 Textual Format (XMT)
XMT allows the content authors to exchange their content with other authors, tools or service providers, and facilitates interoperability with both the X3D, developed by the Web3D consortium, and the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) from the W3C consortium.


Worth reading

Babies learn in their sleep
By Alison Motluk
Source: New Scientist
Students should be jealous - not only do babies get to doze their days away, but they have also mastered the art of learning in their sleep.
By the time babies are a year old they can recognise a lot of sounds and even simple words. Marie Cheour at the University of Turku in Finland suspected they might progress this fast because they learn language while they sleep as well as when they are awake.
To test the theory, Cheour and her colleagues studied 45 newborn babies in the first few days of their lives. They exposed all the infants to an hour of Finnish vowel sounds - one that sounds like "oo", another like "ee", and a third boundary vowel peculiar to Finnish and similar languages that sounds like something in between. EEG recordings of the infants brains before and after the session showed that the newborns could not distinguish between the sounds.

Full article at:



Soundtrack Express
Soundtrack Express is a secure digital music source. Search, preview, and download tracks from the Soundtrack Express music catalog.
Soundtrack Express features thousands of music tracks from established artists and online media management tools designed to assist in the management of your media projects.


Sonaris supports IWA - the International Webcasting Association -


The Canadian New Media Awards
Go to the Canadian New Media Awards Web site and nominate the outstanding individual or company of your choice. There are 12 award categories including Company of the Year, Visionary of the Year, and Designer of the Year. Nominations close March 18, 2002.

Prix Ars Electronica 2002
International Competition for Cyberarts - now open to participation. Including the category ‘Digital Musics’, which is open to:
a) Electronica (like Drum'n Bass, Dub, Techno, Downtempo, Ambient, Breakbeat, Global, HipHop, Jazz, Noise, Mondo/Exotica, digital DJ-culture, etc.),
b) Sound and Media (like sonic sculpture intermedia/sound driven visuals, performances, soundspace projects, installations, radio works, net-music, generative musics, etc.)
c) Computer Compositions (electroacoustic, acousmatic and experimental).


For Musicians

LIVE is an audio sequencer that is designed specifically for live performance. It is unique in the way it handles loops and samples. Sound files are time-stretched and compressed in real time, while being read from the hard disk.  Even long recordings with unstable tempos, play in perfect sync with the current session tempo or an external clock source.
"Due to its stability and low-latency audio streaming solutions for the production and processing environment, OSX is ideal for real time performance oriented applications such as LIVE," commented Gerhard Behles, Founder and CEO of Ableton.


Music Business Angels

Music Business Angels Ltd was established in December 2001 by members of the Music and Media teams of Solicitors, Edmonds Bowen and Accountants, Willott Kingston Smith together with entrepreneur, Grant Calton.
MBA seeks to put together its group of industry savvy investors with established and investment ready businesses in the music and creative industries.
The principals of MBA have extensive experience in the creative industries. They have variously advised, invested in and managed such businesses and are acutely aware of the specific needs of businesses and their management in this sector. They will assess the business, personnel and prospects of companies seeking to raise finance within the range of £100,000 to £2.5million. MBA will work with companies who meet their basic business criteria to refine their business plans before circulating details of such plans to those of its investors who best match the company's requirements and aspirations.


Sonaris supports CDeMUSIC:

Conferences & Events

International Sound Symposium
March 1-4, 2002, San Jose, CA, USA

The Global Entertainment & Media Summit
December 11-13, New York, USA

Broadband Year 2002
March 4-7, 2002, San Jose, CA, USA

The Musiques en Scène Biennal
Exhibitions: March 6 - May 18, 2002; Music events: March 7-26, 2002, Lyon, France

symposium on sound design
March 20-21, 2002, Paris, France

March 24-26, 2002, Dublin, Ireland

NAB 2002
Conferences: April 6-11, 2002; Exhibits: April 7-11, 2002, Las Vegas, NV, USA

European Media Art Festival 2002
April 24–28, 2002, Osnabrueck, Germany

Switzerland meets The Netherlands
May 7-8, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

AES 112th Convention, 2002
May 10-13, 2002, Munich, Germany

IIR's Fourth Annual Streaming Media & Digital Content Delivery
May 13-15, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4th Annual TV Meets the Web Seminar
May 16-17, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

June 4-8, 2002, Cologne, Germany

June 19-21, 2002, Cologne, Germany

The 3rd Workshop and Exhibition on MPEG-4
June 25-27, 2002, San Jose, CA, USA

NetMedia Awards
July 4, 2002, London, UK

August 15-17, 2002, Cologne, Germany

MIAC 2002
August 25-26, 2002, Toronto, Canada

Ars Electronica Festival
September 7-12, 2002, Linz, Austria

IBC 2002
Conference September 12-16, 2002, Exhibits September 13-17, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The NAB Radio Show
September 12-14, 2002, Seattle, WA, USA

AES 113th Convention
October 5-8, 2002, Los Angeles, CA, USA

FUTURE TV Workshop
October 25-31, 2002, Helsinki, Finland

NAB European Radio Conference
November 11-13, 2002, Paris, France


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