December 2004, Issue 69
by Sonaris Consulting, Felix Bopp, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
[formerly Music for New Media Newsletter]
You can find the online version at: http://www.sonaris.info
CNMAT, European Language Resources Association,
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
Summit for the Future: Media
Recommended book: The
Right to Tell: The Role of Mass Media in Economic Development (Wbi Development
Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe
DoCoMo: Review of a Case
Conferences & events
Center for New Music and Audio Technologies
CNMAT is a music research, teaching, recording and performance facility
located in the hills just north of the UC Berkeley campus.
CNMAT presents concerts that cross cultural and musical barriers and
could as easily feature traditional ethnic music as state of the art
computer music. They also provide a forum for diverse lectures and demonstrations
for students and the community in the Sound Spatialization Theater.
People involved at CNMAT are from a wide range of disciplines and are
drawn together by their common interest in exploring the world of music.
The principals are specialists in musical composition, musical psychoacoustics
and computer science. The researchers and visiting scholars are from
many university departments including physics, mathematics, electrical
engineering, psychology, computer science, cognitive science and music.
Professional musicians are of musical traditions ranging from middle
eastern to jazz. Composers in residence come from around the world.
European Language Resources Association
ELRA is the driving force to make available the language resources for
language engineering and to evaluate language engineering technologies.
In order to achieve this goal, ELRA is active in identification, distribution,
collection, validation, standardisation, improvement, in promoting the
production of language resources, in supporting the infrastructure to
perform evaluation campaigns and in developing a scientific field of
language resources and evaluation..
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
At the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University
of Southampton, we have for the last ten years been working on using
digital signal processing to improve the quality of sound reproduction
systems. The ultimate goal is to be able to produce the illusion in
a listener of being in a "virtual" acoustic environment which is entirely
different from that of the space in which the listener is actually located.
Sound systems designed for this purpose are usually referred to as "surround
sound" systems, or "3D-audio systems"; we prefer to label such a system
a virtual imaging system.
Summit for the Future: Media & Entertainment
for the Future - Media & Entertainment
Date: January 26-28, 2005
Location: HES Amsterdam School for Business, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gain critical insights and a deeper
understanding of the issues that will shape the Knowledge Society. The
Summit for the Future 2005 is an international conference that brings
together experts, thought leaders, policy makers and knowledge workers.
Why should you attend?
The Club of Amsterdam has rapidly become a melting point of different
visions. Communications (including broadcasting) is by far the world's
biggest business. It's also the most influencial. Find out where it
is going and how you can anticipate the Media Evolution. Network TV
in the US is losing viewers and advertisers. Yet, growth of Wi-Fi &
Broadband in North America and Europe seems to be beating all predictions.
CD piracy is at an all time high. But so are sales of certain music
artists. Press Freedom is at an all time low. So what is the world not
If you're looking for Vision, rather than just Television, make sure
you're part of the Media & Entertainment stream discussions in January.
Who should attend?
This stream is designed to interest and involve senior management
and strategists within the following media sectors. Print
Media [Publisher, Head of Business Development, Editor-in-Chief
Print, Editor-in-Chief On-Line], Broadcaster
[Program Director, Editor in Chief, Head of Business Development,
Senior Current Affairs Producer, Head of On-Line], Music
Industry [Publisher, Distributor, (Rights) Lawyer,
Retail, Musician, Head of Marketing], Entertainment
Industry [Publisher, Games Producer, Distributor,
Retail], Wireless Industry
[Mobile Business Development, Telco, Lawyer],
You can download the descriptions about the Knowledge
Streams [*.pdf, ~ 100KB]]:
Each Knowledge Stream can be attended by
The results of these workshops will then be discussed in the final plenary
If you like thinking "out of the box", this
Club of Amsterdam Summit may prove to be the best conference of 2005.
You can also just attend the
Event of the Summit for the Future
The Right to Tell:
The Role of Mass Media in Economic Development (Wbi Development Studies)
by World Bank Institute
The stellar list of contributors to this book includes Nobel Prize
winner and Columbia University Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Irrational
Exuberance author Robert Shiller, and Nobel Prize-winning novelist
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The theme on which they are all passionate
is the importance of a free and independent press.
As World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn points out in the foreword
to this book, "a free press is not a luxury. It is at the core of
equitable development." Contributors to this volume explore the role
of the media as a watchdog of government and the corporate sector,
the media’s power to influence markets, its usefulness as a transmitter
of new ideas and information, and its ability to give a voice to the
poor and disenfranchised. They also tackle the potential harm an unethical,
propagandistic, or irresponsible press can cause and the impact of
insult laws and other policies that hamper the operation of a free
Several contributors describe the challenges faced by the media in
specific countries, including the former Soviet Union, Thailand, Bangladesh,
Egypt, and Zimbabwe - these are fascinating case studies and vivid
illustrations of the media’s potential as a catalyst for change and
Advance Praise for The Right to Tell: "I’ve been waiting for ten years
for someone to put together a book like this. The Right To Tell finally
makes the case linking open media with economic growth and development.
Each article in this collection is like a building block in a public
policy brief that places open media at the forefront of development
strategy. It follows Amartya Sen’s groundbreaking Development As Freedom
with compelling arguments that independent media are essential to
social development and economic growth. Open media translates into
transparency and government accountability, less corruption, participatory
democracy, civil society and, yes, greater income. This book is a
must read for policymakers who are only now waking up to the immense
power of open media." - David Hoffman, President, Internews Network
Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe
As a cultural institution, the Center
for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe holds a unique position
in the world. It responds to the rapid developments in information technology
and today's changing social structures. Its work combines production
and research, exhibitions and events, coordination and documentation.
For the development of interdisciplinary projects and promotion of international
collaborations, the Center for Art and Media has manifold resources
at its disposal: the Museum for Contemporary Art, the Media Museum,
the Institute for Visual Media, the Institute for Music and Acoustics
and three new departments – the Institute for Basic Research, the Institute
for Media and Economics, and the Filminstitute.
Since July 2004 the Institute of Basic Research hosts Andres Burbano
as a visiting scientist. He works on the following project:
"Ways of neuron" is an online scientific documentary about the impact
of Neuroscience research and its relationship with the nature of the
mind. A fundamental aspect of the documentary is, from an aesthetic
point of view the coherent relationship between data processing and
content access. The documentary will have a navigational interface whose
design will be guided by conceptual principles rather than by traditional
principles of visual design.
systems set to music
Music is "symbolic dynamics". Chaos set to music can enhance our understanding
of complex dynamics. The aural representation
of dynamic systems cannot merely be viewed as a non-scientific leisure.
Music can be also understood as a symbolic dynamics in the scientific
context. In the 80´s and 90´s of the last century strong attemps have
been made to understand nonlinear dynamical systems through symbolic
representations in order to learn more about the dynamics. In the case
of the famous Lorenz- attractor one can introduce a very simple symbolic
sequence, for example, the encoding of the current position of the system
at the right or left wing as a "O" or "1", respectively, leading to
a O-1-time series. If we generate beats with this sequence it results
in a rythm as an acoustic aspect of the Lorenz system. We also try to
use the acoustics in order to provide a new sensual impression of the
chaotic dynamics, i.e., the symbolic dynamics can be regarded as a supplement
to visual perception. No reliable physicist will deny - we guess - that
the "visual" figurative presentation of a nonlinear system is a substantial
contribution for the understanding of these systems. Why should this
not be the case with "aural" figurative representations as well?
media in daily life and on the job
Project title: Non-formal Learning in the Context of the New Media (Prospects
for enhancing skills through network and multimedia learning: Analysis
of skills-enhancing learning by means of computer activities not explicitly
designed as learning systems)
This research project begins by describing in detail the non-formal
and implicit learning processes that occur in daily dealing with the
new media. This serves as the starting point for a more detailed analysis
of implicit learning processes and everyday patterns of skill development.
Here, too, the relevant recent research into human cognitive and affective-motivational
learning is summarized from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Implicit
learning – and especially the elaboration of a clear and scientific
conception of intellectual and perceptual-motor skills – is here the
thematic focus of a number of different research projects.
Defining the nature of human skills brings together such different branches
of research as artificial intelligence, analytical philosophy, cognitive
psychology, motivational psychology and the more recent mapping of human
intelligence. On the basis of these analyses, investigation may be conducted
in a later project segment into some innovative aspects of future workplaces
designed to facilitate learning processes, IT-centered training concepts
and the design of learning environments and learning software.
The HMP-A1 has a 20GB hard disk, so users can copy movies or still image
data from their PCs, digital video cameras, et al, and play them on
the passport-sized HMP-A1. This compact multiplayer measures 129.6mm
x 75.6 mm x 22 mm and weighs 250g. It has a 3.5-inch LCD. The hard disk
can store 35 hours of MPEG4 files or 9.5 hours of MPEG2 files. The HMP-A1
can play six contiguous hours of MPEG4-formatted moving images and eight
straight hours of MP3-formatted music before the built-in lithium ion
battery runs down. Users can conveniently hook up their HMP-A1 to their
The PC-SMP2E/CB is what Buffalo calls a"TV Capture Card" that turns
a normal notebook PC into a cable TV. All you have to do is plug the
card into a slot on a notebook PC and connect the PC to a cable TV tuner
via a wire included with the card. The card is attractive for those
who want to watch TV without investing another JPY200,000 or more into
a new PC or TV; it costs only a tad more than JPY10,000.
: Club of Amsterdam
DoCoMo: Review of a Case
DoCoMo: Review of a Case
by Japan Media Review
I-mode has transformed the way Japanese, especially youth, communicate
privately and publicly and serves a different social function than the
PC Internet. In this academic paper recently presented at the USC Annenberg
School for Communication, new media researcher Jack Qiu explores the
influence of NTT DoCoMo's mobile Internet platform on Japanese society.
Meaning "everywhere" in Japanese, DoCoMo (or NTT DoCoMo) is Japan's
leading wireless communications operator and arguably the world's most
successful mobile Internet provider. Started in February 1999, DoCoMo's
legendary i-mode (information mode, a 2G/3G mobile-Internet platform)
had attracted 40 million users in Japan plus 1 million subscribers in
Europe and other parts of Asia by the end of January 2004. Launched
in 2001, DoCoMo's FOMA (freedom of mobile multimedia access) service
is the first fully commercialized 3G network in the world, with more
than 3 million users in March 2004.
The commercial success of DoCoMo has many social ramifications as it
provides a new technological tool that assists, enhances, and alters
the ways in which people interact, conduct their lives, and coordinate
themselves in time and space. It is the purpose of this review to summarize
the basic information about DoCoMo, its history, how it works, why it
succeeds, and how the mutual shaping between technology and society
takes place, giving rise to a fascinating keitai (mobile phone) culture
that is central to the understanding of the transitional information
society in contemporary Japan.
The full article is available at:
The EUROPRIX Top Talent Award is Europe’s contest for innovative
projects and creative contents for top students and young professionals
using all multimedia channels & platforms
This years winner:
French Underground – Music DVD is the overall winner of the EUROPRIX
Top Talent Award 2004
The EUROPRIX is a premier Europe-wide strategic project to develop the
fast-moving multimedia markets in Europe. One of its main activities
is the EUROPRIX Contest for the best multimedia products and applications,
devided in general Contest and Stundents’ Award. Further activities
include the EADIM – European Academy for Digital Media, EUROPRIX Summer
Schools. The number of related activities are organised by the EUROPRIX
Partners in 26 European Countries.
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