For some time now I have been seeking art-focussed GPS-triggered apps for smartphones and am particularly enamoured by SATSYMPH:
“SATSYMPH LLP is composer and visual artist Marc Yeats; poet, writer and context-aware media director and producer, Ralph Hoyte; and coder, composer and audio engineer Phill Phelps.”
The trio create ‘context-aware soundworlds’ i.e.
“…high quality contemporary soundscape experiences…triggered by GPS...”
Their elegant and adaptable creation has massive potential and what I particularly like about it is that downloaded content functions completely independently of the availability of a phone signal, rendering it especially useful in rural regions.
Full details can be found on the website, facebook and twitter:
Here’s a link to an interesting infographic showing how the means by which we access recorded music has changed during the past three decades.
I wonder how the consumption of literature compares, and where we are heading?
“Appoet was founded on the belief that ebooks are an intermediary media between physical literature and mobile applications for storytelling. By focusing on the multidimensional capacity of mobile technologies, traditional humanities become immersive experiences that no longer lend themselves to introspection, but community engagement.”
The full story is to be found at http://www.appoet.org/ as well as on facebook and twitter.
One of the main outcomes has been the development of an exciting app, Infused:
“Infused is a user curated GPS-enabled magazine.”
Access this digital humanities project at http://infused-gpsmag.com/ and keep up to date via facebook and twitter.
A couple of my own submissions are here: http://infused-gpsmag.com/Berneray,%20United%20Kingdom.html
Infused will be released this spring on Apple, Android, and Windows devices
One place where there is an excellent collection of eMedia to explore is in the archive of the online magazine Born which:
“From 1996 until its retirement in 2011, Born connected over 900 contributors, generating an extraordinary record of collaboration between literary arts and multimedia.”
There are many different types of eLit to investigate here, including pieces analysed in Poetic Machines such as the interactive ePoem ‘Fallow’, and the best thing is to visit and see what’s there… http://archive.bornmagazine.org/
The internet journal First Monday has an article by Annie Murray and Jared Wiercinski of Concordia University in Montreal, investigating ways of enhancing a spoken-word archive.
Their article, Looking at archival sound, . concludes that visual enhancements can accentuate the listening experience, but also ask the such features may also be turned-off for a purer listening experience to be enjoyed.
A link to Ted Striphas talking about his book ‘The Late Age of Print‘, and introducing the concept of
Algorithmc Culture, on Interchange , a community radio channel.
The Poetry Foundation is a wonderful online resource and for this, the first entry on this site relating to listening to poetry, I have chosen a recording of the late Seamus Heaney reading his poem Digging .