Smartphones are now almost ubiquitous and their built-in speakers can be surprisingly loud providing you play the right sounds through them. In fact, personal mobile devices are slowly becoming a powerful platform for live performance, opening-up new possibilities for engagement in live music. The Fields system enables musicians and composers to explore the potential of these devices for sound diffusion. It is a distributed, open-source, modular instrument that is fully configurable and extensible.
In this workshop we will introduce participants to using Fields as a performance or installation tool. We will cover technical aspects such as setting up, configuration and customization of the system. We will also share experience gathered from a year of composing for tiny mobile phone speakers, trying different audience configurations and dealing with latency and other technical limitations. The workshop will allow for participants to create their own work using Fields and will culminate in a listening session and an open discussion.
Participants need to bring their own laptop and optionally a mobile device. Programming skills are not required, therefore anybody is welcome.
20 places available, plus 2 cancellation places. Registration required: http://fieldsworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk
Image credit: Chris Scott