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:
“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
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.